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Gender-Based Violence Against Children, Young Women, and Women in Armed Conflict

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Violence against women and children in armed conflicts is directly linked to the role and position of women and children in our societies. While resolution 1820 in terms of protection of civilians in armed conflict takes note that civilians, women and children all are exposed to rape and sexual violence, the resolution still mainly focuses on women and girls and not on boys. A study estimated that about 1,150 women per day are raped, that 48 women per hour are raped, and that four women are raped every five minutes, and since this study only included females between 15 and 49 years of age and neither girl children nor boys or men this further showed that these numbers were still low. This finding requires increased attention on sexual violence not only against women and girls, but also against men and boys.

Keywords:armed conflict; Children; gender-based violence; sexual violence; women



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