Unarmed Civilian Protection

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is UCP practiced?

UCP is practiced in a range of diverse contexts around the world, both through locally-led civilian initiatives & through formally constituted UCP organizations. There are now more than 70 known groups that practice UCP. However, this does not account for the vast range of community-level UCP initiatives, of which there are countless examples. For example, in South Sudan alone, there were 67 Women’s Protection Teams (WPTs) active in 2021, with over 2500 women & girls have been trained in the practice of UCP over the last decade.

UCP can & is used to respond to a range of different forms of violence. From the civil war in South Sudan to gun violence & racist harassment in the United States to the low-intensity conflict in Southern Thailand, UCP has a crucial role to play in responding to violent conflict.

But how do you protect people without weapons or force?

Different organizations & communities emphasize different strategies, but a growing body of academic research & program evaluations has found that at its core, UCP is about creating & leveraging relationships with a range of parties to a conflict in order to protect people & reduce violence.

If you are looking for specific academic resources all in one place, the UCP Research Database is a user-friendly way of finding the latest research on unarmed civilian protection, community self-protection & related topics. It contains information on academic research publications, working papers & NGO documents, which you can easily search using keywords or specific regions & countries.

I want to know more about UCP. Where can I go?

For a wide collection of resources (examples, guides, research, reports, etc.) on Unarmed Civilian Protection, please visit our Resource Library.

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