Photo credit: Tom Martin/Saferworld
Photo credit: Tom Martin/Saferworld

People's security and justice

Security and access to justice are basic rights all people deserve. However, in many places affected by conflict, those responsible for delivering security and justice are ineffective or unwilling to respond to people’s needs.

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For institutions to work effectively and respond to people’s needs they must first consider the reality of people’s lives and how women, girls, men and boys experience insecurity and injustice differently. Insecurity is more than just the threat of violence – for example, it can also be about exclusion, marginalisation, negative attitudes and lack of trust. Injustice is more than just a failure to punish crime. Poor or unequal access to food, healthcare, employment, education and political representation are also forms of injustice that have to be addressed to prevent conflict.

Saferworld works with partners to connect communities, governments, police, armed forces, judiciaries, civil society groups and donors to respond better to people’s security and justice needs in accountable ways. We do this by: working directly with affected communities and security providers, bringing them together to prioritise people’s needs with particular attention to the different impacts of insecurity and injustice on women, girls, men and boys; conducting research into public perceptions of security and justice-related issues; and providing technical advice on community security programming, police reform, gender-sensitive and conflict-sensitive policing and effective monitoring and evaluation of security and justice programmes or approaches.


Community security – we work with communities to build peace across divisions and create more positive relationships with authorities.


Justice and peace – we help improve relationships and behaviours that inhibit justice, paving the way for long-term peace.



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