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“It seemed like the entire drive behind the media and partisan politics was aimed at sending women back home.”
Despite playing an active part in the Arab Spring, and having continued engagement in the public sphere, women in the Middle East are facing increasing security concerns and a heavy backlash against their political participation.
Based on consultations with over 400 women and men conducted in 2012-13, Saferworld's latest report analyses women's perception of their security.
Read Ahram Online's article about the report.
Credit: Saferworld/Karen Wykurz
In recent months China has signed deals worth almost US$100 billion with four countries in Central Asia. China's interest is prompting a number of questions about the shifting balance of power in a region where Russia has traditionally dominated.
These changing dynamics are reinforced by NATO's withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014; the European Union's aspiration to establish itself as a more significant actor; and increased interest among several other states.
In a new series of papers we focus on four rising powers in the region: China, Russia, India and Turkey. In each case, we consider their changing role and the economic, security, and geo-strategic interests that drive their engagement.
Read the papers: Shifting geopolitics in Central Asia
In Nepal, Saferworld and partner INSEC are supporting local people in 12 villages across four districts to identify and find solutions to their safety and security concerns. Our multimedia gallery explores how local people are working to improve relationships between local authorities, the police, and their communities - and features an interview with the coordinator of a community security working group in Mahammadpur.
Visit the multimedia gallery here.
Read the report: Snapshot of Local Security and Justice Perceptions in Nepal.