peace and security

peace and security

Women in conflict zones

No-one can escape the devastating grip of war. For women, it can mark a point of no return. But it can also be a door to new opportunities. Through examples from Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Yemen, this report analyses the impact war and occupation have had on the lives of women.
Residents of Rumbek, South Sudan, arriving for a public forum with the state leadership. Photo: Crispin Hughes.

Community Engagement for Protection

While engaging with communities has been a priority for peace operations since 2010, there is a gap between rhetoric and implementation. A number of non-governmental organizations that work on protection of civilians provide recommendations on how to operationalize community engagement in a joint briefing note.

Protection gaps exposing eastern Congo communities to continued abuse

Two years after the signing of a major peace accord designed to build sustainable peace in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a report by Oxfam reveals that citizens still receive little or no protection from the state; armed groups and security forces continue to exploit and abuse communities.

Local government office, Nyabiondo, Masisi territory, North Kivu. Photo: Phil Moore/Oxfam

Secure Insecurity

In many areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, citizens are still vulnerable to brutal violence from armed groups and in some cases from government, including the police, army and local officials.

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