Topic of GRUNNmun 2018: Improving protection and security for women in war zones
International humanitarian law tries to protect the wounded, sick, prisoners of war, and civilians. However, it is a common opinion that IHL does not protect women enough. This is due to the fact that women are often in the middle of the war, still trying to take care of their families by providing them with necessities such as food and water. Nowadays, a war takes place throughout an entire country, in cities and towns as well as in rural areas. The war affects everyone severely. As well as that, women and girls are also often targeted for being sex slaves, or sexually abused by soldiers. There are no specific laws in place protecting women, even though men and women are often in very different situation during a war.
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