Browse by Theme: Conflict & Fragility

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 (S/RES/1820), unanimously adopted on 19 June 2008, addresses sexual and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations. In the coming weeks, the UN secretariat – led by UN DPKO – will finalise a report outlining recommendations on 1820 implementation, which will then be discussed and adopted by the UN Security Council.

This paper outlines key recommendations from CARE International.
CARE welcomes the international debate on 1820, but we remain concerned that key aspects of GBV prevention and response are neglected by current deliberations.

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This paper seeks to outline a number of issues arising from the politicisation and militarisation of aid resulting from the use of comprehensive approaches, and to highlight the new challenges that this trend poses for civilian populations and non governmental organizations (NGOs).

Through the examination of the Afghanistan case, it aims to explain some of the reasons for NGOs criticism of comprehensive approaches and their reluctance to collaborate with military actors.

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Across all provinces in Afghanistan, there are non-governmental organisations (NGOs) delivering assistance in the midst of violence and political instability.

Their ability to implement programmes safely and effectively is increasingly jeopardised by the deteriorating security situation.

In some districts, NGOs have significantly reduced their operations or even withdrawn entirely as their staff, projects and beneficiaries come under attack.

In this challenging context, aid agencies have a responsibility to understand and manage their interactions with a range of armed forces active in Afghanistan.

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This report by ActionAid, CAFOD and CARE International is an independent analysis of the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s first year of work in Sierra Leone and Burundi.

It is based on interviews with dozens of ex-combatants, war-wounded civilians and community representatives in the two countries, as well as information from UN, donor and government officials.

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Gender-based violence (GBV) is a major public health problem that results in devastating effects on mental and reproductive health and emotional distress. Gender-based violence also perpetuates broader structural inequalities that limit social justice and equity.

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Civilians most affected by the conflict in Uganda are the grandmothers, mothers and sisters of those still with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Women have a critical role to play in trying to bring peace to their communities.

CARE recently conducted a survey on the peace talks among 75 women in six IDP camps in Gulu district. The survey shows that women are powerful voices for peace, but they are not being heard.

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CSOPNU is a coalition of more than 50 Ugandan and international non-governmental organizations - including CARE International - working with women, men and children affected by the northern conflict.

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