Photo credit: Mohammed Mahmoud/UNICEF
Photo credit: Mohammed Mahmoud/UNICEF

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 conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa since 2002. We work on a range of issues. We support communities to build peace; champion civil society; and promote accountable policing and security, support women’s empowerment, especially with regards to peace and security, and 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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