Women Facing War: ICRC Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women

Authored by: Charlotte Lindsey

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: International Agreements, International Law
Region: No Region
Year: 2001
Citation: Lindsey, Charlotte. Women Facing War: ICRC Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women. Geneva: International Committee of the Red Cross, 2001.

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Executive Summary

This study considers first the needs of the civilian population in situations of armed conflict and then those which are particularly relevant to or specific to women. This two-tier approach is a deliberate aspect of the methodology of the study, for several reasons. First of all, in identifying women’s needs, the study assumes that women have needs in common with the rest of the civilian population, e.g. the need for food. Therefore, in order to give a comprehensive picture of women’s needs, it was found useful to briefly highlight some of these common needs. At the same time, the identification of common needs should serve as a basis for reflection on whether women are particularly affected by a given phenomenon or are affected in different ways from men, or whether there are needs that are specific to women.