Gender and War: The Effects of Armed Conflict on Women’s Health and Mental Health


Jansen, Golie G. 2006. “Gender and War: The Effects of Armed Conflict on Women’s Health and Mental Health.” Affilia 21 (2): 134–45.

Author: Golie G. Jansen


Gender inequality is magnified in situations of war, and women are disproportionately disadvantaged in terms of personal safety, access to resources, and human rights. This article summarizes the effects of armed conflict on women and women's greater vulnerability to health and mental health concerns because in war, women's bodies become a battleground. UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is introduced as an international framework to address women's participation in solutions to war, reconstruction, and nation building. The article also indicates ways in which social workers can be part of implementing this resolution to defend the human rights of women.

Keywords: gender violence, rape, UNSCR 1325, women's agency and resilience

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Health, Mental Health

Year: 2006

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