Gender and Armed Conflict: Overview Report

Authored by: Amani El Jack

Categories: Conflict Prevention
Sub-Categories: De-escalation and Preventive Diplomacy, International Agreements, International Law
Region: No Region
Year: 2003
Citation: El Jack, Amani. Gender and Armed Conflict: Overview Report. Brighton: BRIDGE, 2003. Accessed October 30, 2016.

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Armed conflict negatively affects women and men and results in gender-specific disadvantages, particularly for women, that are not always recognised or addressed by the mainstream, gender-blind understandings of conflict and reconstruction. Gender inequality reflects power imbalances in social structures that exist in pre-conflict periods and are exacerbated by armed conflict and its aftermath. The acceptance of gender stereotypes is one of the main reasons that such gender blindness persists.