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December 2013

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Welcome to the December issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or direct to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk 

Women's public participation in Egypt, Libya and Yemen

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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 the report: "It's dangerous to be the first":
Security barriers to women's public participation in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

Read Ahram Online's article about the report.

Rising powers in Central Asia

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

Multimedia gallery: improving community security in Nepal

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.

Police initiatives to tackle sexual violence in Egypt

The Egyptian government has established a ten-person specialised police unit to deal with violence against women. In an opinion piece featured in Al Monitor, Egypt Coordinator Joshua Rogers asserts that while the unit is being held up as a model for other countries in the Middle East to emulate, it risks distracting from demands for far-reaching changes in policing that have been central to the uprisings across the region since 2011.

Read the opinion piece here.

A reluctant leader? China and post-2015

China's development has played a substantial part in progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, China has not actively supported the MDGs, nor have its policies been shaped by them. With discussions on the post-2015 development framework now in full swing it will be difficult for China to avoid engagement in the process. We examine China's involvement to date and what stance China may take on peace and post-2015.

Read the blog here.

Youth in policymaking

Saferworld will be taking part in the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA) this month. The annual dialogue, which aims to improve the quality of engagement between governments and civil society, will focus on the role of youth in the region. A series of youth focussed civil society workshops will explore economic development, women’s empowerment, and freedom of expression.

Find out more about the initiative here or follow #BMENA2013 on twitter.

Saferworld Annual Review 2012-13

Bringing together some of the highlights of our efforts to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives, Saferworld's new multimedia Annual Review 2012-13 is now available.

View the multimedia gallery.



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