State of World Population 2008

Reaching Common Ground - Culture, Gender and Human Rights

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The State of World Population 2008 demonstrates that an appreciation for cultures and values is a critical but sometimes overlooked aspect of successful development strategies. It shows how culture can strengthen and validate human rights perspectives and enable their broader acceptance, ownership and realization. The report argues that synergy between the global human rights agenda and cultural aims can help advance the Millennium Development Goals and contribute to ending extreme poverty.

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Negotiating culture: Gender and Reproductive health in conflict situations

Since the end of the Cold War, most armed conflicts have been within rather than between States. Between 1998 and 2007, there were 34 major armed conflicts – all but three internal – and about four times that many armed conflicts in total. Far more civilians than soldiers become casualties in these conflicts, many of them women and girls.

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