SVAW newsletter 05: women and war
In most of today's wars, civilian casualties far outnumber those of armed combatants. Unarmed women and men both suffer human rights violations such as indiscriminate killings and torture. However, women are subjected to certain abuses more often than men, and they suffer in particular ways. Women and girls are more likely to be the target of sexual violence, especially rape. Their role as carers combined with higher levels of poverty, mean that the impact of war's destruction weighs particularly heavily on women.