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March 2013

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

This month, with elections in Kenya imminent, we look at urgent steps which can be taken to avoid a repeat of election violence. As International Women’s Day on the 8th March focuses global attention on significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and security, we discuss how states can reduce sexual and gender-based violence through security and justice sector reform. And with the UN gearing up for the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York this month, we examine the upcoming process and key loopholes which must be addressed to secure a robust international treaty.

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A peaceful Kenyan election?

Violence surrounding the 2007 Kenyan election left more than 1,100 people dead and thousands displaced. With partner Usalama Police Reform we detail the urgent action needed by Kenya’s National Police Service to ensure that we do not see a repeat of previous election violence, and in a Saferworld press release we recommend a number of steps that should be taken to reduce the risks of unrest.

Read more about Saferworld's work on preventing election violence in Kenya.

Preventing sexual and gender-based violence

UN Photo/Olivier Chassot

In a piece based on a presentation to the G8 Ambassadors, Saferworld’s Director of Programmes, Rosy Cave, highlights how security and justice sector reform has the potential to reduce sexual and gender-based violence. However, she warns that states must commit to measurable goals and be held accountable for their progress toward achieving them.

Read more about Saferworld's work on gender, peace and security.

Securing a robust Arms Trade Treaty

As the final Diplomatic Conference on the ATT approaches, we are closer than at any point to getting an Arms Trade Treaty that would regulate the transfer of conventional weapons. Saferworld’s Roy Isbister sets out the issues that must be addressed to secure an effective treaty of the highest possible standard.

Read an overview of the ATT.

Post-2015 A vision of goals, targets and indicators

Read the fourth of our issue papers to feed into discussions around addressing conflict and violence from 2015: ‘A Vision for Goals, Targets and Indicators’. We present options for integrating commitments to address conflict and violence across different sectors of the post-2015 development framework.

Addressing horizontal inequalities as drivers of conflict

Feeding into the global thematic consultation on inequality around the post-2015 development agenda, we examine the strong evidence linking inequality to violent conflict and recommend ways this can be addressed in the post-2015 development framework.

Empowering youth political participation in Yemen

The second of our case studies from Yemen highlights the importance of youth participation in political processes during the transition period. In Hadja province a group of youth advocacy leaders have successfully run their own campaign to raise young men and women’s political awareness, develop their advocacy skills, and build their ability to participate in the national dialogue.

China Arms Trade Treaty Update - Issue 4

China's position towards an Arms Trade Treaty and the upcoming negotiations are discussed in three articles by leading academics in the latest update copublished in Chinese and English by Saferworld and Tongji University.

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