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access to land and other productive resources, and in some cases, reduces women to an expendable form of “currency”, through which armed and violent extremist groups consolidate their power. When war erupts, and the threat of rape at gunpoint becomes a pervasive terror, women are unable to safely access fields, marketplaces and water points. Girls are unable to safely attend school, while early marriage spikes because families have no other means of providing for or safeguarding their daughters. In addition, armed, terrorist and transnational criminal groups directly profit from trafficking, with victims being either abducted or deceived by false promises. Their dreams of finding safety and opportunity become nightmares of sexual slavery and forced prostitution. 1
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The burden of care that war leaves behind in its wake, including care for the wounded, sick, traumatized and orphaned, is disproportionately borne by women. Shouldering the burden of unpaid labour keeps women impoverished, without educational opportunities nor chances for participation in public life. This continuum of violence requires a holistic response that focuses on the advancement of substantive gender equality before, during and after conflict, and takes into account the survivors’ diverse experiences of conflict and specific needs. War is not gender-neutral. Our responses cannot be gender-blind. Consider the plight of a woman who has been raped, cast out of her home and community due to stigma, and forced to fend for herself and her dependent children in an environment of ongoing insecurity. This woman will confront greater threats and be forced to take greater
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