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Saving lives by improving arms control in Kenya (video)
"We believe that when a single firearm is removed from illegal holding, that is about saving lives." James Ndung'u, Project Manager - Arms Control and Policing
In Kenya, the misuse of state-owned small arms and light weapons has significantly contributed to people's insecurity. In pastoral contexts such as Isiolo and West Pokot counties, small arms and light weapons are widely used in cattle rustling and other criminal activities such as highway robberies.
We are working to reduce the misuse of small arms and light weapons through community-driven security interventions that increase trust between security providers and communities. We put affected communities at the heart of the prioritisation, planning and implementation of projects, making them feel safer and decreasing their need to arm themselves. We are also working to improve accountability for state-owned firearms through better record-keeping.
Violence against women in Egypt: Prospects for improving police response
During celebrations for Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s victory in the presidential race in June 2014, at least nine women were violently sexually assaulted by mobs of men in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Shortly after, Sisi made a statement in which he instructed the minister of interior to "vigorously enforce the law and take all necessary measures to combat sexual harassment". Within days of the president’s statement, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) announced plans to expand nationally the Violence Against Women (VAW) Unit that had been established in mid-2013.
In this report we discuss the context and political events leading up to the establishment of the VAW Unit, as well as the challenges it faces and recommendations for improving Egypt's policing response to violence against women.
Community security in Bangladesh
As well as the range of safety and security challenges Bangladesh continues to face at the local level, the current political stasis has increased instability within the country and led to political violence.
Saferworld and partner BRAC recently held a national policy event in Dhaka, bringing together authorities, communities, policymakers, experts and practitioners to promote discussion of security and justice in the country.
The event aimed to raise awareness about the opportunities to support bottom-up, people-centred approaches to security interventions and take stock of the last three years, sharing outcomes, recommendations and lessons learned from Saferworld and BRAC’s community security programme.
To read these outcomes and lessons learned, as well as an overview of the community security programme, read our briefing Community Security: Experiences from Bangladesh.
Watch a short video exploring the role communities played in preventing political violence in Bangladesh.