The following video is one piece in a collection on our VOICES blog focused on the gendered experience in conflict and how gender differences should factor into the protection of civilians.

Men, women, boys, and girls experience conflict differently. Despite this fact, talk of “protection of civilians” too often refers to “civilians” in a gender-blind way rather than recognizing the important differences in protection concerns and needs.

CIVIC understands that gender equality, women’s empowerment, and gender-based violence must be accounted for in discussing civilian protection if the needs of civilians caught in conflict are to be truly met.