Yesterday it was reported that a woman on Tony Blair’s cabinet, Clare Short, resigned in protest in March 2003 when she was deliberately excluded from intelligence and military briefings prior to the decision to go to war with Iraq.
She insisted there were alternatives to war, including taking Hussein before an international criminal court or forcing exile. We now know the deceits that led to the war and its tragic ongoing human toll. What could have occurred if Clare Short was listened to instead of dismissed?
Women are much less likely to resort to war as a first choice. There is so much we can contribute – but we still have to find ways to be heard. When we’re represented in such low numbers in positions of leadership and power, this is extremely difficult.