Women in Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Recovery
Women and girls are uniquely and disproportionately affected by armed conflict and disaster. In post conflict and disaster settings, they often suffer from lack of security and are excluded from decision making and participation in economic, social, and political spheres. National laws and judicial systems also remain discriminatory against them. Crisis could provide an opportunity to break down traditional barriers and roles which often limit women’s contribution to society, and “to build back better” where inequality is not perpetuated.
To enhance women’s, political, social and economic empowerment in armed conflict and disaster settings.
- Strengthens security of women and girls through rule of law, security and justice sector reform, and multi-sectoral prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence
- Supports women’s political participation, empowerment and representation, including in national and local governments, conflict prevention and peacebuilding processes
- Works with national governments to develop policies and services that benefit women and men equally
- Supports economic recovery and reintegration efforts that gives equal livelihood opportunities to women, including access to land and credit
- Works closely with international and national partners on the UN’s global policy agenda on Women, Peace and Security and support implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325
In 2004, a 34-year-old widow in Congo named Maman Miriam* was raped by three armed men who slashed her genitals with a knife, leaving her with physical and emotional scars. She felt completely abandoned and unable to care for her three children. In 2010, she became one of the first people to benefitmore
Like many other survivors of sexual and gender-based violence during Croatia's violent conflict between 1991 and 1995, Ana has been struggling to deal with her traumatic experience for more than 20 years. "I used to feel so powerless," says the unemployed widow, now in her mid-fifties. In more
Um Mohammed broke the conservative tribal traditions of her community when she became one of Gaza strip’s first “Mukhtarah” – the female equivalent of Mukhtar, one who peacefully settles disputes without need to resort to formal judicial systems. “I once found myself having to intervene to resolve amore
Projects and Initiatives
Whether in times of armed conflict, post-conflict or peace, sexual violence is neither inevitable nor acceptable; it is an outcome of gender inequality and a violation of human rights for which states are accountable.
Did you know?
- Since 1992, women have comprised only eight percent of negotiating delegations in UN mediated peace processes.
- Women comprise 70 percent of the world's hungry, a situation that is exercerbated by conflict and disaster.
- Women, boys and girls are 14 times more likely to die during a natural disaster than men.
- Sexual violence directed towards women and girls is often used as a deliberate tactic in conflict.
Stop the Violence!
Banderas launches appeal to end violence against women