Globalization, Human Rights & Security

Women and girls are underrepresented among combatants but overrepresented among the victims of armed conflict. According to the United Nations Development Fund for Women [UNIFEM], 70 percent of casualties in recent conflicts have been civilians, the majority of them women and children. With the breakdown of infrastructure in conflict zones, women’s struggles to provide food, water and care for their families and communities are exacerbated. Sexual exploitation, harassment and assault are common challenges for both women soldiers and civilians. Rape as a systemic weapon of armed conflict is now widely recognized as a war crime. The United Nations has passed numerous resolutions on women, peace and security (most notably UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which recognizes women’s multiple roles in war and peace) and, in 2008, passed Resolution 1820 calling for more stringent measures to combat sexual violence in armed conflict.

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By Shyama Venkateswar, Ph.D.*The National Council for Research on Women participates in the US Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and...
By Juliana Stebbins*President Obama announced on June 22, 2011 that in response to the United States’ significant progress in achieving...
The Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University has released this video of a feminist dialogue on militarism that it hosted as...
By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon In 2005 I traveled to Afghanistan to write a newspaper story about women entrepreneurs, women who turned to business to...
 *By Julie Zeilinger

News

  • September 25, 2010

    Los Angeles Times: Despite social taboos and other hurdles, a group of twenty nine women become the first to graduate from an officer-candidate program mentored by U.S. troops. Officials hope to eventually go from a few hundred women to 30,000...


  • September 20, 2010

    Science Daily: Research findings published in the journal of Journal of General Internal Medicine, examined mental illness in returning veterans, showing that the burden of medical illness was greater for those with post-traumatic stress disorder...


  • September 8, 2010

    Colorlines: In the years following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, women have found themselves "increasingly alienated from civil society" and with limited prospects of marriage, as social networks for marriage have crumbled and the numbers of...


  • September 8, 2010

    CNN: Rape has become the weapon of choice in the war-torn Congo, with more than 500 rapes committed by rebels since late July. Women are constantly attacked and do not feel safe while working, in the home or with their families. While the United...


  • August 20, 2010

    CBS News: Many fear that if the Taliban return to power, that the rights of women and girls will be sacrificed. At risk of being lost are the rights of girls to attend school and domestic violence shelters.