Safety and Security: Thematic Framework

Lack of safety and security for women is both an abuse of human rights and a very significant barrier to social, economic and political development. IWDA’s approach to Safety and Security incorporates a concern with issues of Violence Against Women (VAW) and gender issues relevant to living in settings experiencing or affected by civil and political conflict. Both sources of insecurity profoundly shape women’s lives and opportunities, at great cost to individuals, families, communities and economies. Women living in contexts of political, religious or interethnic violence and conflict are at heightened risk of violence and rape yet are frequently denied the opportunity to participate in processes which contribute to conflict prevention and resolution and to wider democracy and freedom.

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