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

  • November 30, 2010

    National Partnership for Women and Families: A bill in the House would establish a "women veterans bill of rights." Republicans are attempting to block the bill, stating that it would provide a legal basis for mandating abortion coverage....


  • November 7, 2010

     UN: A United Nations investigation is taking place, following up on reports of countless numbers of rapes when people were expelled from Angola and forced to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo. 


  • November 5, 2010

    New York Times: Over 600 women were raped in September and October along the Congo/Angola border.  United Nations officials mistakenly gave an earlier count of 30 women.  The women were raped during an expulsion of immigrants from Angola....


  • October 20, 2010

    WeNews: Rape in the Congo is increasingly being used as a weapon of war. In response, the U.N. is launching a new sexual violence training program for peacekeepers in order to prevent future attacks. 


  • September 30, 2010

    WeNews: The U.N.'s special representative on sexual violence in conflict is currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to identify perpetrators who raped hundreds of women two months ago. At the same time, a women's activist from the DRC...