Catastrophic Ramifications of Armed Conflicts on Women

  • Mehak Chadha
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  • Mehak Chadha

    Advocate at Panjab And Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, India.

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Serious violations of International Humanitarian laws and Human rights law are recurrent in armed conflicts. Armed conflict affects severely the life of the civilians to such an extent that they are unable to normalize their lives ever again. Armed conflicts and uprootedness emerge in their varied forms, spread its tentacles at a great spree and disrupt the life of the masses. Armed violence affects all the sections of the society and doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, class, caste, sex or place of residence but there is one group of the community that remains ostracized in this context and that is Women. Women witness such deplorable situations that includes random acts of violence be it sexual or physical and entails mental sufferings as well. Acts of sexual assault or mass rapes seems to be a deliberate strategy by both the enemy and “friendly forces” to devastate the lives of these women including young girls who surely dreams of flying to the highest pedestals of her life. Various atrocities are being faced by the civilian population of the areas where armed conflicts get triggered. There have been many countries who have seen massive destructions in the recent past like Yemen, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Palestine etc. Peace is indispensable element of our lives that is linked to the equal status between men and women. Armed Conflicts, wars of aggression, terrorism and alien domination are few instances which act as stumbling blocks for the advancement of women in their lives. With the advent of industrialization, commercialization, enhanced means of communication, technology and transportation, the malpractices against women have increased manifold. Gender based violence leads to multifarious levels of vulnerability. Resultantly, Human rights is seen as a ray of hope in such deplorable situations as human rights emphasizes that all individuals are a matter of global concern. Human Rights showcases myriad rights and freedoms which are quintessential to have a holistically developed life.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 6, Page 788 - 797


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