The conflict in Iraq has continued to have profound humanitarian consequences throughout the country. Nearly one third of Iraq’s population, 10 million people need help and 3.4 million Iraqis have fled their homes, are living in camps and settlement sites and 3 million more are living under ISIL controlled areas. Countless people have been brutalized in some of the most horrific violence in the world. The situation of women and girls, who have been captured and enslaved, and are subjected to sexual slavery is heart breaking. Indiscriminate bombings, killings, abductions, rape, looting and expulsion are common in hard-hit areas and sectarian violence is threatening to tear communities apart. The deteriorating situation of women’s rights and gender equality is worrisome and remains a major concern.
This analysis seeks to shed light on tailoring humanitarian programming and interventions through the lens of gender and conflict so that the most impacted populations’ needs are met. UN Women and its partners desire to continue informing humanitarian programming and interventions through evidence based research approaches and welcomes additional funding for this important endeavor.
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