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International Women's Day 2015:
Conflict prevention is vital for women, peace and security
Saferworld's Julie Brethfeld and Hannah Wright argue that to make sustained progress on gender equality and the situation of women and girls, we need to reprioritise conflict prevention and address gender norms that drive conflict and insecurity.
2015 will see the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Although both have contributed significantly to raising awareness of the inequalities and insecurity that women and girls face, progress on achieving gender equality still lags. Considerable effort is required to ensure that the transformative potential of the women, peace and security agenda is not compromised.
Community voices in border areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan
2014 saw the worst instances of military escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan in two decades, with the highest reported casualties since the 1994 ceasefire agreement. The two countries have substantial civilian populations living in the immediate proximity of their mutual border, which has been turned into a heavily militarised front line.
Based on research on the perspectives of people living on both sides of the border, we have produced two publications. A policy briefing, After the 2014 escalation; The front line between Armenia and Azerbaijan, summarises major findings and recommendations for improving the security of communities. These are drawn from a longer report, Towards a secure future: Community voices in border areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is based on interviews in a number of villages.
Enhancing existing security structures in Kyrgyzstan
In 2014 one of Saferworld’s community security working groups in south Kyrgyzstan teamed up with local government to revive a defunct Local Crime Prevention Centre.
The result was changed perceptions and improved relationships between local communities and authorities, making it easier for people to report incidents of conflict and crime.