A Speech on “Position of Women and Children in War Torn Societies and Countries”

All around the developed and still developing world, conflict is a never-ending threat to the psychological and physical well-being of a Nation.  Not only does it wastes our limited resources and also results in the increase in invests on the process of health care and disease prevention, which creates new and frightening health problems. 

As an example we can say that, in Bosnia, the amount of the military and civilian surgeries resulted from war related trauma rose from 22% to 78% in the city’s many important hospitals during the first 6 months of the devastating war in 1992. This large increase can overwhelm the medical services. During the same time, infant and child mortality increased at a great speed, and the newly diagnosed tuberculosis cases quadrupled.

During the 20th century, forty-four out of every one thousand people died due to many direct and indirect war-related causes.  Such huge amount of casualties can be the result of newly formed warfare tactics—civil conflicts within many countries have no clear boundaries, and fighters can always target civilians to kill, rape, and terrorize as per their wishes.  These working have been witnessed throughout the entire world, particularly in the conflicts of the Congo, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda.

It is very important to consider the different factors that impact the well-being and health during war.  The World Health Organization defines health as not only the abolishment of disease but also the presence of a country’s social wellbeing, and physical and mental health. This view implies that environmental and the other important social factors such as housing, food, education, and a sense of being safe from sexual and physical violence are important factors of health and well-being.

 A shocking report on the effect of armed conflict on children established the issue before our eyes at the United Nations, that many young people in many places around the globe were still being tortured, maimed and killed, recruited by some armed groups and are exposed to many other threats as a result of massive conflicts.

More than half of the world’s refugees were women and children, this fact has stressed the urgent need to target the root causes of displacement and for an effective and powerful answer to the violence that often targeted children and the women of a nation.

The long-term impact of a war on women and girls may be exacerbated by their serious social vulnerability. The harm done to the women and girls at the time and also after a war is very harmful, and often exposes them to further harm and excessive violence. Sexual violence such as rape, forced marriage, forced impregnation, forced abortion, trafficking, sexual slavery and the intentional spread of STDs, are some frightening results of many of today’s armed conflicts.

Women are victims of merciless genocide and enslaved for labor. Women are exploited because of their maternal attachments, which increase their chances of being abused.

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