Issue 9, May 2009
|Women in Armed Conflict: Overview|
Women are victims of war in numerous ways. The UN has reported that 90% of modern war casualties are civilians, disproportionately women and children. It has been estimated that for every person directly killed in conflict, nine more are likely to die from starvation or disease.
The chaos that accompanies war takes a particular toll on women – from the destruction of homes and communities to widowhood to opportunistic crimes such as rape to displacement and life in refugee camps.
Many areas of the world wracked by conflict today were already some of the harshest places for women to live. Experts note that this is not a coincidence, and believe that if women were empowered, perhaps less violence would prevail. This has led to concerted efforts to involve women in post-conflict reconciliation activities, as well as conflict-prevention initiatives.
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