Armed Conflict Deaths Disaggregated by Gender

Authored by: Christin Ormhaug

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2009
Citation: Ormhaug, Christin. Armed Conflict Deaths Disaggregated by Gender. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo, 2009.

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Executive Summary

This paper explores data as well as the existing research literature to find out what documentation there is about male vs female mortality in armed conflict. Their first finding is that there is practically no global data available that allows researchers to investigate conflict mortality disaggregated by gender. The research they explored uses different datasets and investigates different conflicts and time periods, so it is difficult to say whether more men or women die overall from conflict. One general conclusion can however be drawn: men are more likely to die during conflicts, whereas women die more often of indirect causes after the conflict is over.