Gender violence in conflict settings
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|¨ Gender violence is an important conflict instrument, as ‘chastity’ and ‘honour’ are important polemical rallying points.
¨ Abduction and rape of women across conflict lines is now recognized as a weapon of war.
¨ Equally, accusations of abduction and sexual violence are used to mobilize support for the conflict on either side, including recruitment of women.
¨ Child soldiers are recruited to perform combat, support and sexual duties in conflicts around the world.
¨ In times of conflict, militarization between communities is paralleled by a rise in violence within the home.