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December 2014

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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 directly to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk


Masculinities, conflict and peacebuilding

A group of young men in Aromo parish, Lira district, Uganda play a local game called 'omweso'. In many parts of Uganda, poverty, violence and internal displacement resulting from conflict has made traditional avenues for achieving a sense of manhood much more difficult for many men, including marriage, fatherhood, and protecting and providing for the family.

All around the world, men are the primary perpetrators of violence, making up 95% of people convicted of homicide, as well as being the majority of combatants in conflicts.

However, this does not mean that men are naturally more violent than women: rather, socially constructed gender norms in most cultures associate violence with men and boys in a way that it is not associated with women and girls. Furthermore, these gender norms can play a role in driving conflict and insecurity.

Through our report 'Masculinities, conflict and peacebuilding: perspectives on men through a gender lens', we argue that peacebuilders should include efforts to promote notions of masculinity which favour non-violence and gender equality in their programming.

Read the report >

Read Saferworld's Gender, Peace and Security Adviser Hannah Wright's comment piece >


France's sale of Mistral warships to Russia is undermining EU arms transfer controls

In 2011 France agreed a contract to supply Russia with two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships - the first major arms sale to Russia by a NATO state. In this comment piece, Roy Isbister, Saferworld's Arms Unit Team Leader, argues that the sale of the Mistrals puts the credibility of the whole EU Common Position on arms transfers at stake.

Read Roy's comment piece on the issue >

Saferworld's recent briefing 'An ill wind: How the sale of Mistral warships to Russia is undermining EU arms transfer controls' makes a series of recommendations about the specifics of the Mistral sale to Russia and about wider and longer-term EU arms transfer control policies and practices.

Read the briefing >


Bridging ethnic divides between young people in Kyrgyzstan

Relations between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in Bazar-Korgon, a predominantly Uzbek village in the Jalal-Abad district of Kyrgyzstan, deteriorated after violent conflict in 2010 between the two ethnicities shook southern Kyrgyzstan. Several years on a particular cause for concern remains the risk of clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek youth, who are usually from schools in mono-ethnic communities. These incidents have the potential to escalate into larger-scale violence.

A new case study looks at the work of a Community Security Working Group in this district of Kyrgyzstan that is playing a key role in diminishing conflict between local Uzbek and Kyrgyz youth.

Read the case study >

You may have noticed a slight change in our logo... We are proud to be marking the 25th anniversary of our work to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives.

Find out more about the experience and learning we've built up over our 25-year history.

Look through our interactive timeline highlighting key Saferworld milestones.


Envisaging more constructive alternatives to counter-terrorism

In this essay, which appeared in the Institute for Economics and Peace's Global Terrorism Index 2014, Larry Attree (Saferworld) and David Keen (London School of Economics) draw on forthcoming research on the dilemmas of counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding. They outline six things to do less often and six directions for constructive alternatives to the counter-terror paradigm that could prove crucial in achieving lasting peace and human security in affected contexts.

Read the essay >


Civil society under threat in Libya

In November 2014, three young social media activists were beheaded by a militant group in Derna, a port city in eastern Libya. This brutal act marks the latest in a bout of targeted killings of human rights and youth activists, threatening to extinguish the country’s nascent civil society movement, and with it, Libya’s hopes for an inclusive political process.

Read the comment piece >


Getting the New Deal right in Somalia

One year since the endorsement of the Somali New Deal Compact, Saferworld and World Vision examine civil society and community perspectives on the Compact, including the separate Somaliland Special Arrangement (SSA).

Read the briefing >


Building relationships between communities and authorities in the Caucasus

Since the 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia, communities living along the administrative boundary line between Georgia and South Ossetia have faced an increase in safety and security incidents that impact on their daily lives. Saferworld is working with local Georgian partners the Gori Information Centre and the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, to bring together communities, local authorities and national government representatives in Shida Kartli, Georgia, to identify their safety and security concerns and plan solutions.

Our multimedia gallery tells the story of our work with these communities >

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