At the height of the Ebola crisis, it was estimated that 75 per cent of people contracting the disease were women. As the primary care givers to the sick, as nurses and as traders, women were more exposed to the virus and as such were often ostracised by their communities.
The Ebola epidemic that struck West Africa three years ago impacted every section of society, but it was often women who were most affected by the tensions and conflict that the epidemic caused.
The Central African Republic has had a long and turbulent history of violent conflict and political instability. Since the most recent crisis erupted in 2013 huge efforts have been made to pull the country back from the brink of armed conflict.
Conciliation Resources’ partners Waqas Ali and Fayaz Ahmad Dar have been working on either side of the Line of Control (LoC) with young people in Kashmir.
For decades the border regions of the Mano River region countries have been prone to instability and insecurity. Conciliation Resources and our national NGO partners have been working for the past eight years to help alleviate these tensions at a local level.
Four new trustees have joined the board of Conciliation Resources, including a former negotiator in the Northern Ireland peace talks and the former EU Special Representative for Sudan.
Since July 2016 there has been an intense crisis in the Kashmir Valley in India-administered Kashmir, following the killing of militant Burhan Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen commander. A forum involving journalists from both sides of Kashmir is working to ensure that reporting from either side is not exacerbating the situation.