Ensuring Civilian Safety: The Vital Importance of Protection and Preparedness

In February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Mariia Levchenko was working for an international organization in Kyiv. Like millions of others, she suddenly found herself in the midst of turmoil, facing the harsh reality of inadequate protection of civilians from Russian attacks and subsequent disordered evacuations. Mariia’s firsthand experience serves as…

For the Tinubu Administration, Prioritizing the Protection of Communities is Urgent

Northeast Nigeria has been mired in armed conflict for more than a decade, with civilians and local communities being hit the hardest. Considerable human and financial resources deployed to prosecute the insurgency in the region have yielded few results, raising the question of whether strategies adopted by previous administrations lacked a clear and sustainable vision…

Nigeria Needs to Do More to Prevent & Respond to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

The 14-year long conflict in Northeast Nigeria and the deeply rooted gender-based inequalities have significantly contributed to exacerbating sexual violence in the country. While all genders are vulnerable to sexual violence, women and girls are more affected, especially those in conflict-affected areas.   Data from 2022 show that there has been an increase in recent…