The State of the World's Children 2000

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Undeclared war

Despite the progress made on many of the goals set at the 1990 World Summit for Children, this has been a decade of undeclared war on women, adolescents and children as poverty, conflict, chronic social instability and preventable diseases such as HIV/AIDS threaten their human rights and sabotage their development.

Each of these obstacles is compounded for women and girls by the discrimination against them that infiltrates all sectors of society in every country. Gender discrimination, so entrenched in social norms as to escape notice, keeps young girls from school and women from active and equal involvement in their communities. This discrimination is at the base of many of the violations of women's rights, including the physical duress of domestic violence or the strategic use of rape and forced pregnancies as weapons of war. And where women's rights are at risk, children's rights are too.    
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In a camp for displaced persons in Sierra Leone, two girls stand outside their mud house while armed soldiers pass by.

 
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