Disadvantage begins at birth for women caught up in conflict | David Milliband

Gender action plans must be implemented in crisis zones to alleviate the suffering of women and girls

This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in the campaign for global women’s rights when Hillary Clinton, then the first lady of the United States, proclaimed at an international conference in Beijing that “human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights”.

But in the last 25 years, for women and girls caught up in conflict – and there are now many more of them – the gap has widened between global progress and the reality of their lives. Now with the Covid-19 crisis disproportionately disrupting the lives and livelihoods of women and girls living in conflict, lessons need to be urgently learned to make any hope of equality real.

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