The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

For women's rights since 1993 »
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The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

We are a Swedish foundation that promotes women’s rights in more than 20 war- and conflict-affected countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the South Caucasus.

We do so by supporting over 110 partner organisations – because we believe women’s rights activists know best what women and girls in their country need.

Kvinna till Kvinna focuses on four key issues: gender-based violence, women’s equal participation, economic empowerment and women, peace and security.

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This is Kvinna till Kvinna

years of experience of working in conflict-affected areas
local partners organisations supported by us
countries in which we defend women's rights

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Four facts about Kvinna till Kvinna

  • We are politically and religiously unaffiliated
  • We have been working for women’s rights across the world since 1993
  • We believe in local ownership and long-term partnerships
  • We see gender equality as a prerequisite for peace and sustainable development

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Our history: how it all started

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation was founded in 1993, when reports reached Sweden of mass rapes happening in the wars in the Balkans.

The Swedish peace and women’s movement started the initiative “Kvinna till Kvinna” (Woman to Woman), to raise money to support women’s organisations in Former Yugoslavia.

A lot has happened in the 25 years since then…

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Recipient of the "Alternative Nobel Prize"

In 2002, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation was one of the recipients of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ”Alternative Nobel Prize”.

The jury’s motivated its choice by describing Kvinna till Kvinna’s ”remarkable success in healing the wounds of war by helping women, who are often the first victims, to become central actors for reconciliation and the building of peace”.

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