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Middle East

  • Addressing Gender Roles in South Lebanon using Mobile Cinema

    Addressing Gender Roles in South Lebanon using Mobile Cinema

    Arts and culture can be an effective means to bring people together across sectarian divides. Establishing independent creative spaces in conflict or post-conflict settings is not an easy quest; it can be a highly political endeavour, and is often not prioritised in peacebuilding efforts. PAX has been working with Lebanese organisation Tiro Association for Arts in the south of Lebanon since 2015, supporting them to break through existing social divisions by bringing (young) people together from different backgrounds to re-activate culture and connect with one another.

    Gender, Peace & Security Middle East
  • a woman filming as part of the Empowering women and challenging gender norms programme inPalestine

    Empowering women and challenging gender norms in Palestine

    An important (and challenging) part of peacebuilding work - alongside conflict resolution, political dialogue, inclusive participation and so forth – is behavioural change. Influencing harmful and entrenched ideas, beliefs and attitudes takes time and requires innovative approaches. Engaging in the cultural sector, particularly film, can be an effective tool to do so.

    Gender, Peace & Security Middle East
  • Human Security Survey Iraq

    Human Security Survey Iraq

    The Human Security Survey (HSS) is a survey methodology developed by PAX which includes a series of complementary activities, including population-based research, community engagement, and advocacy.

    Protection of Civilians Middle East
  • engendering

    Engendering the Transition to Peace and Security in Iraq

    This programme aims to contribute to structural changes in gender norms, laws and institutions and to promote equal rights and justice and reconciliation processes in Iraq.

    Gender, Peace & Security Middle East
  • Women against violence

    Women against Violence

    In Iraq, peace organisation PAX gave special attention to women in an effort to increase community security. Through this programme, we worked with local partners on several projects. Our objective was to enable women to help organize their own and others’ safety. This programme took place from October 2013 until December 2016.

    Gender, Peace & Security, Community Based Security and Citizens Rights Middle East
  • Conflict & Environment

    Conflict & Environment

    PAX works to document the environmental impact of new and ongoing conflicts, and to build better responses in order to reduce threats to public health and environmental risks for civilians.

    Humanitarian Disarmament Middle East
  • The Activist Hive

    The Activist Hive

    The Activist Hive brings together knowledge and experiences of activists from different parts of the world who are working for peaceful and just societies. We developed several tools to empower activists and strengthen their capacities in strategy development, effective action and storytelling.

    Community Based Security and Citizens Rights Middle East, The Netherlands
  • Palestine and Israel

    Israel and Palestine

    PAX has worked in Israel and Palestine since the late 1990s. Therefore, PAX has a strong network among Israeli and Palestinian activists and organisations that share the same goals: the protection of human rights, an end to the occupation of the territories that Israel has held since 1967, and a viable and just peace in the region grounded in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL). PAX supports local partners in building resilient communities, promoting human security and equality in the political, cultural and social domain, and in fighting the injustices resulting from the protracted occupation.

    Community Based Security and Citizens Rights Middle East
  • Iraq


    The PAX programme in Iraq aims to address root causes and patterns of conflict, with a particular focus on the lack of inclusive governance, the lack of inclusive transitional justice and the lack of inclusive human security. Cooperating closely with local civil society and peace-activists, PAX implements projects that seek to build trust between and within communities, facilitate dialogue between policy makers and citizens, promote inclusive citizenship, and enhance gender-sensitivity in the security sector.

    Local Governance and Peacebuilding, Community Based Security and Citizens Rights Middle East
  • Syria


    Peace organisation PAX supports the struggle of peaceful activists in Syria to create a democratic Syria in which Syrians of all religious and ethnic backgrounds can live in peace and equality.

    Community Based Security and Citizens Rights Middle East