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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Youth: The future of post-conflict societies

In the late afternoon and evening on the beachfront of Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, school-age boys and young men with time on their hands gather to pass the time swimming or fishing or just lingering among vendors and others working along the waterfront. Timor-Leste has a lot of young people, as do other countries rebuilding after conflict. The challenge is involving them in the task, and in equal partnership between men and women.

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