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Crisis prevention

Strengthening civil society

Members of a local youth parliament in a slum in the Seemapuri district of Delhi, India

The peace potential available within society can only be harnessed in cooperation with the local population. That is why Germany uses its development cooperation to support civil society players on the ground, building their capacity and fostering their protection against government repression.

Women are an important target group for crisis prevention measures. A large proportion of the people who have been displaced by war and conflict are women and children; and women and girls are often the victims of sexual violence. But women also play an important part in the quest for peaceful solutions. In conflict situations, it is usually women who ensure the survival of their families and are the driving force behind reconstruction once the conflict has ended.

In order to harness women's peace potential, special programmes have been developed that strengthen women's positive role while offering them better protection and promoting gender equality.

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