Saferworld - Preventing violent conflict. Building safer lives Gender

We challenge the gender norms that cause and perpetuate conflict and insecurity


We believe in a world where everyone can lead peaceful, fulfilling lives, free from fear and insecurity


We work to ensure that peacebuilding processes and governance systems are inclusive and legitimate

Conflict sensitivity

We promote a conflict-sensitive approach to ensure aid promotes peace and does not reinforce conflict dynamics

People first

We put people first, supporting change that empowers local communities to take action and influence decision-making

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Youth voices in Yemen

This film features youth activists from our 'Amplifying Youth Voices' project who share their experiences of being part of the programme and how it is helping them to enhance their advocacy work within their own communities. Watch the video.

VIDEO | October 2014

An ill wind for EU arms transfer controls

It is not just France’s credibility at stake over the way it has handled a sale of two Mistral class assault ships to Russia, says Roy Isbister, but the credibility of the whole EU Common Position on arms transfers.

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 21 November 2014 - Roy Isbister

An ill wind: How the sale of Mistral warships to Russia is undermining EU arms transfer controls

In 2011 France agreed a contract to supply Russia with two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships - the first major arms sale to Russia by a NATO state. Controversial at the time it was agreed, the recent deterioration in relations with Russia because of the Ukrainian crisis has returned the Mistral...

RESOURCE | 21 November 2014 - Roy Isbister, Yannick QuĂ©au

Getting the New Deal right in Somalia

On 19 and 20 November 2014, the Federal Government of Somalia will meet with its international partners in Copenhagen to assess progress on the Somali New Deal Compact one year after its endorsement. As the process moves towards implementation, it is increasingly urgent that it is underpinned by a clear...

COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 18 November 2014 - Kat Achilles

Envisaging more constructive alternatives to the counter-terror paradigm

The Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Terrorism Index 2014 documents an increase in global ‘terrorist’ activity over the last decade, and highlight that traditional policy responses are not necessarily succeeding. Most of the public conversation about terrorism has focused on conventional counter-terror efforts, that overlap with and influence stabilisation...

RESOURCE | 18 November 2014 - Larry Attree, David Keen

Masculinities, conflict and peacebuilding: perspectives on men through a gender lens

Research tells us that socially constructed gender norms which associate masculinity with power, violence and control can play a role in driving conflict and insecurity.

RESOURCE | 17 November 2014 - Hannah Wright

Masculinities and peacebuilding: a policy and programming agenda

All around the world, men are the primary perpetrators of violence, making up 95 per cent of people convicted of homicide, as well as being the majority of combatants in conflicts.

RESOURCE | 17 November 2014 - Hannah Wright

Annual Review 2013-13

Annual Review 2013-14

Saferworld’s multimedia Annual Review brings together some of the highlights of our efforts to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives in 2013-14.

Our strategy

Read Saferworld's 2014-17 strategy to put people at the centre of peace and security responses.



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