In 2000, UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security called on the international community to fully implement international humanitarian law ("THL") that protects the rights of women and girls during armed conflict. Since then, work in this area has largely avoided the parts of IHL that deal with the application of armed force. The International Committee of the Red Cross ("ICRC") is now well along in the process of updating its influential commentaries on the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Additional Protocols. To fully implement UNSCR 1325 vis-a-vis IHL, the ICRC should use this opportunity to revise the Commentary to Additional Protocol I to include the use of gender considerations in its discussion of the principle of proportionality.

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