(This article is published in Salon.)
When it comes to war, one of the groups most negatively impacted is often ignored: women.
Studies have long shown that women bear enormous burdens in violent conflicts. A new exhaustive report by the United Nations takes this understanding even further, and speaks to the importance of women’s empowerment in fomenting peace and prosperity.
The Global Study, released on Oct. 12, commemorates the 15th anniversary of U.N. Security Council resolution 1325, which called for increased women’s rights and addressed the impact of violent conflicts on women. At a formidable 418 pages, the Global Study, also titled “Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace,” exhaustively explores the relation between violent conflict and women’s rights, drawing from examples of wars from around the world.
Summarizing the Global Study, U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said it “shows that women’s participation and inclusion makes humanitarian assistance more effective, strengthens the protection efforts of our peacekeepers, contributes to the conclusion of peace talks and the achievement of sustainable peace, accelerates economic recovery, and helps counter violent extremism.”