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Violence and Conflict

We are increasing our support for actions which prevent conflict and tackle violence against women.

In Jamaica, for example, violence against women has been identified as a priority concern in our urban poverty reduction programme, and our humanitarian assistance in Bosnia includes support for traumatised women.

We have been providing gender training to the government in Rwanda where, following the genocide, 65% of the population are women and 28% of households are headed by a woman.

We are also developing a gender focus in our wider approach to conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, which is seeking to mitigate the costs to women as well as men of natural disasters and the human tragedy of conflict. More importantly we are looking for longer-term solutions which will help prevent these events occurring in the first place.