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State of World Population 2010

From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal - Generations of Change

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In 2000, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325, recognizing the vulnerability of women and girls to violence during and after armed conflict, and the absence (or low level) of women’s representation in efforts to prevent war, build peace and restore devastated societies. This Report highlights how women in conflict and post-conflict situations — as well as in emergencies or protracted crises — are faring a decade later. It is constructed around interviews and reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Jordan, Liberia, the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, Timor-Leste and Uganda, which are rebuilding with limited resources. Some have experienced profound social changes as a result of war and displacement.

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A resolution and reality: A decade on the ground

By early 2000, when the United Nations Security Council began to focus on how to protect women during conflict and demand that they be factored into the prevention of war and the building of lasting peace, the world had experienced a decade of ethnic, sometimes genocidal wars that killed many more civilians than combatants. Paradoxically, however, the 1990s had also been a period of unprecedented international progress and commitment to women.

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