Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is synonymous with the world’s worst conflicts. There are huge disparities in power and wealth between countries in the MENA region. Some are poor and devastated by conflict– such as Yemen – and others are among the wealthiest nations in the world, wielding huge global influence and resources.

Saferworld has been working on the Middle East and North Africa since 2002, with an office in Sana’a, Yemen. We work on a range of issues including supporting local communities to build peace; championing civil society; and promoting accountable policing and security. We advance women’s empowerment, especially with regards to peace and security, and we advocate for governments to adhere to international law on responsible arms transfers.

“Although women played a crucial role in the Egyptian, Libyan and Yemeni uprisings, they have not seen these successes translate into increased political representation in the new governments and parties that have emerged“ 

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