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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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And the next ten years?

Looking back over the last decade—and ahead to the next—United Nations peacekeeping officials and the humanitarian agencies see not only concrete changes and many positive developments in post-conflict societies but also new challenges demanding long-term commitments to the next step, development for all sectors of society while also keeping a focus on women, if rebuilding and healing are to be long lasting.

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