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Women, Peace and Security

Document number
1794
Date
2002
Title
Women, Peace and Security
Author/publisher
Secretary General, United Nations (UN)
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Document type(s)
Research/Study/Analysis,
Keywords
Violence, Human rights violation, Crime against humanity, War crime, Armed conflict, Post-conflict situation, Terrorism,
Summary
The changes in armed conflict over the last decade have affected women and girls. Women and girls are often viewed as bearers of cu ltural identity and thus become prime targets. Gender-based and sexual violence have increasingly become weapons of warfare and are one of the defining characteristics of contemporary armed conflict. Rape, forced impregnation, forced abortion, trafficking, sexual slavery and the intentional spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), are elements of contemporary conflict.
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