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Founder, The Safeworld International Foundation

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I am founder of The Safeworld International Foundation, a women's rights NGO, working with grassroots groups throughout the world.
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I am based in the UK.
I have visited women's groups in Uganda, Israel and Jordan.
I am in regular contact with our Field Partners in Malawi, DR Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Pakistan, India, Nepal and on the Thai-Burma border.
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Trustee of The Safeworld International Foundation
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Culture, Human Rights, Media, Peacebuilding, Violence Prevention
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Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Fundraising, Program Administration, Research


Safe World for Women is a women-led NGO working with grassroots groups to promote women’s empowerment and sustainable development, tackle the root causes of poverty and oppression, and bring positive social and economic change at a global level.

Through our website, the organisation highlights important issues impacting women and children, campaigns for rights defenders and profiles the work of grassroots organisations - Safe World Field Partners.

Advocacy and Collaboration

Safe World for Women is an advocacy organisation with a global team that uses the potential of internet technology to enable networking and collaboration around the world, with a particular focus on the grassroots. We initiate appeals on behalf of selected field partners and believe that locally-based groups are best suited to implement sustainable projects in their communities. We help potential donors identify often overlooked, but effective, grassroots organizations who are working toward women’s empowerment. Our platform can be used by funders, donors, philanthropists, and social investors who have the resources to support sustainable projects that can serve as good models for future initiatives.

A strong emphasis is placed on relationship-building. Many groups work in unstable regions. An emotional support network is often as crucial as providing practical support.

Farida Afridi – in the above photo, was brutally murdered in July 2012, following threats relating to her work for education and peace-building. Farida’s organisation, SAWERA, operates in the tribal belt of Pakistan, and is a field partner of Safe World. A Farida Fund has been set up by Safe World for Women, to help support SAWERA’s work, and there is a concerted effort to develop and expand a network of supporters globally.

Women and Children

An important part of the Safe World for Women advocacy work is to generate awareness and highlight the need for change and better integration of women and children in our society. Their correspondents report from the ground in their respective regions, and help keep supporters informed about local issues.

Safe World for Women amplifies the voices of young people, through a Student Writers Project – a platform for young people to write about issues that concern them and their communities.

Aiming to be the “new media” for women, Safe World for Women adds articles, interviews and news briefs to the site daily in order to inform and educate on women’s and children’s rights around the world.

Social Networking

Our work covers a wide range of issues, serving as a valuable resource for academics, researchers and the general public. Through its extensive social networks, Safe World for Women maintains a large and active group of supporters and is able to mobilize public opinion against discriminatory actions across the globe and stimulate discussion.

Safe World for Women continues to build its global network, helping to connect communities and groups working for women’s rights, encouraging trust, and breaking down cultural stereotypes. Doing so will inspire behavioural change through women’s social and economic empowerment and address root causes of poverty, conflict, human rights abuses, and environmental destruction.


The Safe World Community has recently been launched – a vibrant, interactive meeting place and discussion forum. The community brings together academics, writers and grassroots activists with supporters and partners of Safe World for Women. Valuable personal connections are developed between supporters and Field Partners. The Safe World Community also serves as an online office to help with effective coordination of volunteers in a friendly space and where potential new volunteers can find out more about working with the organisation. The community is essentially a learning place, where members can share knowledge and experience relating to women’s issues – breaking down barriers between gender, age, ethnic origin and culture.

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Peace, please: ‘I didn’t raise my boy to kill or be killed’

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 9:22am 1 Comment

Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 civilians and 3,500 security personnel to acts of terrorism between 2006 and 2011 (Economic Survey of Pakistan 2010-2011) | PHOTO: FILE

Peace, please: ‘I didn’t raise my boy to kill or be killed’

Source: Farahnaz Zahidi | Express Tribune

It was a suicide blast in a Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa market that changed 43-year-old Zahra Bibi’s life forever. Her son, Shahid Hussain, 13, suffered severe injuries…


A Vote for Women is a Vote for Peace

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 9:41am 1 Comment

Vote for the Grassroots!

About 6 months ago I was approached by an organisation called Katerva, to say that our organisation, Safe World for Women, had been nominated for a major award.

At first it was a little difficult to comprehend!

Safe World is not a high profile NGO, we have we only ever been mentioned in…


Looking to make contact with Tehreek-e-Insaf in Pakistan

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 8:01am 0 Comments

Dear Reader

In my last blog I discussed the tragic murder of Farida Afridi in Pakistan.

We are currently trying to make contact with Imran Khan's office at Tehreek-e-Insaf in Pakistan - to see if they will make a statement about the murder of Faridi

We have sent them emails but have had no response.

If you have any direct contact and can assist us please let me know

Many thanks


The Murder of Farida Afridi, Women's Rights Advocate in Khyber Agency & FATA, Pakistan

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 2:32pm 6 Comments

Assassination of Farida Afridi

On Friday 6th July, we learnt that Farida Afridi, co-founder of SAWERA, Safeworld Field Partner in…


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At 9:25pm on July 10, 2012, Waheed Ahmad said…

Thanks for your prompt reply, Hope to learn from your experience .

Skype : waheedch1


At 10:56am on July 9, 2012, Arif Khalil said…

Thank You.

Farida was a brilliant and brave girl of our previously peaceful soil and wanted to restore its honor by saving its strength over centuries i.e girls having dignity, education and role playing. Her loss is everybody's loss if we recognize correctly in a larger world heading towards its destruction.

Thank you and your team for supporting her.

At 6:56am on May 9, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Christine,

Nice to meet you here.

At 6:37pm on May 30, 2010, Waheed Ahmad said…
Dear Colleague,

I have the honor of informing you that the undersigned is nominated as Coordinator of Juveniles and Foreign Prisoners Wing of Human Rights Committee Punjab Bar Council.

I shall be thankful if you could kindly Share/Exchange your ideas and any experiences you have had in Juveniles and Foreign Prisoners Rights.We would appreciate any referrals you are aware of as well as those you have recorded. Thank you for your kind attention.

Assuring our full co-operation.

With best regards,

Waheed Ahmad
Advocate High Court
Legal Aid Commissioner
International Criminal Court (ICC)
Cell# +92-300-4254329 and 0092-333-4639652
Fax# 0092-42-36844293
Email :
At 6:50pm on April 29, 2010, Louise Mallinder said…
Dear Christine
I don't log into this Network very often and so I have only just realised that you left me a message several months ago wanting to get in contact regarding Uganda. Sorry that I did not reply. Please feel free to contact me again if you still want to.

Louise Mallinder
At 1:16am on March 19, 2010, Kaahwa Jessica said…
I was at the University of Warwick in January, I got too busy with teaching and practical orientations in participatory peace communication that I forgot completely to get in touch with you. What are you are plans this year? Are you coming to Uganda?
At 6:58pm on December 3, 2009, Mugisho Ndabuli Theophile said…
Great as you started such a social work to promote and empower women. Myself am drafting on such a project in Bukavu-DRC and I would like to work hand in hand with you for exchange of ideas...
We should indeed be the voice of the voiceless and I do believe this is our mission on this earth. MUGISHO ND. THEOPHILE
At 1:44pm on November 16, 2009, Robert WoW De Souza said…
Keep up the great work you do to empower women. Wish you every success on your journey. Please add me as a friend as I cannot add any more due to ning restrictions.
At 9:02pm on October 19, 2009, Sohail Mahmood said…
how are u doing
At 1:07pm on October 17, 2009, Sahro A. Koshin-Peace Ambassador said…
Hallo Christine,
I just joined your Org. Women for Change, what a great title and project. I look forwar dto sharing more info and new with you on African women, SGBV and empowerment issues. I have worked in Sierra Leone, NE Kenya and Somalia on Gender and Human Rights Issues. I am hoping to pursue a PhD career on this same topic....will keep you posted....please share with me any news on projects you have running in these countries...

Peace, Sah
At 12:33am on October 14, 2009, Achan said…
Its Sad to hear that but as an Activist, we should prepare and get ready for these. Different People come to internet and others with bad intention which you can not rule out but the fact is you are doing your best to inform the world about the sitaution of women in Kaabong.

Thanks for the Good Work and let nobody disrupt you from doing so.
At 11:55pm on October 13, 2009, Achan said…
Sorry Gulu is in Northern Uganda but l have been in all the location you Visited while in Uganda.
At 11:53pm on October 13, 2009, Achan said…
Am Resident in Gulu but a Born of Amuru District
At 7:34pm on October 13, 2009, Achan said…
Hi Chris, am glad you had a wonderful time in Uganda. Hope to see you when you get back.
am also not in Uganda, am in NY at olumbia University at the center for the Study of Human Rights but will be in Uganda end of December 09.
At 7:51am on October 12, 2009, Sohail Mahmood said…
how are u doing?
nice meeting u here
At 9:39am on September 28, 2009, Shimsing said…
Woh! Christine, i really appreciate u'r commitment and zeal of bringing changes in the lives of many deprived and marginalized women! so gud to see your work progressing forward. we shall keep in touch and keep communicating our ideas and knowledge on how to make this world better place and fun for marginalized women to live and survive. Do let me knw if u wud wan me to contribute in u'r journal! keep up the good work! so gud to see you having network with Burmese women as well. I have work with Burmese Refugees here
At 2:29pm on September 25, 2009, Tabitha Njoroge said…
Hi Christine,
Great getting to know you. Lets keep exchanging ideas and sharing information from our different experiences.

Great weekend ahead!
At 4:01am on September 20, 2009, Shaheen Sultan Dhanji said…
Chris, I do not know Cayle on personal level -- but know as an actor and producer. Are you working with her for future plans? Chris, write to me at

Cheers, S
At 3:32am on September 20, 2009, Shaheen Sultan Dhanji said…
Wow, Chris, sounds like you had a great time in Uganda! Thank you for sharing the fragments from your travel. please keep me posted on new or continuing initiatives -- maybe we can collaborate?!

Shall also be in touch. Congrats on all your achievemements!
Regards, Shaheen
At 8:15pm on September 17, 2009, Mark Davidheiser said…
Great, Chris. It would be good to collaborate; let's stay in touch about that. And yes, pls do send the gender symposium query to your women's list, but let me first ask someone if they could be the contact person. I'll have her contact you, so you can then know to send it. Thanks much,

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