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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Living without an anchor: Refugees and the internally displaced

In Amman, Mazin Mohammed Riadh, who fled to Jordan from Iraq in 2007 in the midst of sectarian violence, remembers how he could not break the nervous habit of looking in the rearview mirror of his car to see if someone was following him. In the Jordanian city of Zarqa, 18-year-old Shahad cries every night because her father has been refused resettlement in the United States and she thinks she has no future as a refugee.

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