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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Bosnia and Herzegovina as catalyst of change

The woman in Mostar, in late middle age, moved apprehensively into the windowless room where she had agreed to talk, early in 2010, about a life ruined by war and never repaired. In the complex web of ethnic conflict, her Bosnian Serb husband was shot in 1992 for refusing to wear the uniform of Serb forces. It was only five years ago that she was finally able to confirm her husband’s murder, based on DNA evidence.

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