Conflict’s Impact on Women and Men

Landmines, cluster munitions, and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) have an effect on individuals who come in contact with them – and a person’s gender, where they come from, and what they do, will also influence the way in which these hazards impact their lives. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) highlights some of the impacts (direct […]

Landmines, cluster munitions, and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) have an effect on individuals who come in contact with them – and a person’s gender, where they come from, and what they do, will also influence the way in which these hazards impact their lives.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) highlights some of the impacts (direct and indirect) that conflict can have on men and women in the 2015 State of World Population Report (See infographic – United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), State of world population 2015, http://www.unfpa.org/swop).

A photo depicting the direct and indirect impact of landmine contamination on a mother and son in Colombia - disabled son and caregiving mother.

A photo depicting the direct and indirect impact of landmine contamination on a mother and son in Colombia – disabled son and caregiving mother. (Photo: Jorge Henao)

Many of conflict’s direct and indirect impacts on men and women highlighted in the infographic can be applied to men and women affected by hazards like landmines, cluster munitions, and other explosive remnants of war. For example, men and boys are more likely to be killed, injured, or disabled by explosive hazards and women and girls might have to start working if a male member of their household is injured and can no longer work. In all cases, men, women, boys, and girls impacted by contamination will suffer from psychological issues like emotional distress and trauma.

Organizations working in the mine action and human security sectors have to take these differences into account for their activities to better benefit those in need. GMAP works with these organizations to help make their operations more gender and diversity-sensitive – supporting better mine action for all.

Do you want better mine action for all? Contact GMAP to find out how!