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  • When being female intersects with other sources of risk such as age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or ethnicity, exposure to violence can be even greater. In order to prevent and respond to violence against women in conflict settings, attention must be paid to the unique and diverse needs of all women, girls, and gender-variant people.
  • However, the capacity of the humanitarian community to assess and address the needs of sub-groups of particularly at-risk and/or marginalized women and girls remains weak in virtually all conflict-affected settings around the world. More research is required to understand how social and demographic factors influence marginalised women’s experiences of violence in conflict-affected settings. (For more information about addressing the needs of particularly marginalized populations, see Section IV.)