Tuesday 21 November 2017

Why it's still harder to be a woman than a soldier in war

Women in Syria are at particular risk of gender-based violence as the country’s civil war continues. Photo: Reuters
Women in Syria are at particular risk of gender-based violence as the country’s civil war continues. Photo: Reuters

Dominic MacSorley

In 2008, retired Major General Patrick Cammaert, Former Division Commander of the United Nations Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, declared: "It has probably become more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in an armed conflict."

In 2015, his statement is truer than ever before.

Today, Human Rights Day, marks the end of the annual UN-backed '16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence' campaign, which has seen a number of initiatives in Ireland and abroad aimed at galvanising action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

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