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February 2017

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Welcome to the February 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 directly to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk

We won’t wait: as war ravages Yemen, its women strive to build peace

The conflict in Yemen has left the country and its people with little hope for progress, with more than 10 million Yemenis in acute need of humanitarian aid. Hopes are fading for peace talks and a new approach is needed. Women and girls are particularly affected by the conflict and have a crucial role to play in building peace at the local level.

Despite some efforts to assist them, women are not receiving enough practical support and diplomatic commitment. Such backing is necessary to bridge the gap between local, national and international peace talks. This is essential for a viable and inclusive peace process that yields lasting results.

Read the briefing paper here.

‘Privilege violence’: why polarised democracies yield violence

Violence around the world is becoming more concentrated, with few countries accounting for a large number of violent incidents and deaths. We are now at a time when we can work towards a world where violence is rare, or where it will severely rise. But how can the former be achieved?

In this guest blog, Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld - senior associate on the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - discusses how in places of significant wealth and power imbalance, security institutions may be purposefully instrumentalised to protect the interests of the privileged, at the expense of others. She calls this ‘Privilege Violence’ and argues sole aid and assistance will not tackle it. A deeper understanding is necessary.

Take a look at our guest blog 'Privilege violence' here.

Making them count: using indicators and data to strengthen accountability for the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) each require a set of indicators and to track progress towards achieving the global goals. SDG16 that includes issues of peace, justice, governance and human rights - has 12 targets and 23 indicators.

But how do indicators and data actually contribute to achieving peace, justice and governance? 

This workshop summary draws upon a consultation held on 6th December 2016, in which Saferworld, the Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network, United Nations Development Programme and other organisations discussed the meaning of data and it's vital link to accountability in the context of SDG16.

Read 'Making them count' here.

Helping police to be gender-sensitive in Pakistan

Women in Pakistan face an array of discriminatory practices that threaten their security. In the Gender Gap Index for 2015, published by the World Economic Forum, Pakistan was ranked second to last on a list of 145 countries in measurements of gender equality. Saferworld has been working to support police to be more gender sensitive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 

You can read our case study here.

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