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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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Women on the front lines of recovery

The sign at the door of Judge Evelina Quaqua’s chambers says only “Court E.” She hears cases in camera—without a public or media audience—in a light and airy courtroom where witnesses and survivors can testify in booths with one-way glass so that they can watch proceedings but cannot be seen by an alleged criminal or the jury. Quaqua presides over a unique Liberian court, purpose-built for handling crimes of sexual and gender-based violence.

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