Feminist Peace Conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, in 2023. Photo: Maja Janevska Ilijeva

Our approaches

To forge partnerships, support movements and amplify the voices of women human rights defenders during 2023–2028, we will continue to apply and develop five cross-cutting approaches, both internally and in our work with partners, in accordance with our global strategy. This will ensure we operate in an ethical, inclusive and climate- and environmentally sensitive way.

We will express these five approaches as we collaborate with partners and donors, and monitor and reflect on our progress.

1. Human rights-based

We will take a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to ensure our programming and partnerships follow international human rights standards and norms, thereby striving for equality, an end to discrimination and a transformation of power structures.

2. Conflict-sensitive

We will take a conflict-sensitive approach.We appreciate how important it is to understand the contexts we are working in and the way our interventions interact with these contexts, to minimise the negative and maximise the positive impact of our work.

We will go the extra mile to integrate conflict-sensitivity and a commitment to Do No Harm into our decisions and programmes. We will conduct detailed analyses of conflict dynamics to monitor how these affect the impact of our work.

3. Intersectional feminist

We will take an intersectional feminist approach to our work and our understanding of peace. We strive to be inclusive and to remember that women experience discrimination and privilege differently depending on intersecting factors such as disability, race, age, economic status, nationality and sexuality.

We will approach gender justice in a comprehensive way—supporting allied movements for justice that are, for example, based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

4. Anti-racist

We will take an anti-racist approach to our work to address racism and discrimination both internally with regard to the management and structure of our organisation as well as externally in our work with partners. We will identify and oppose racism through concrete action at the organisational and structural level, including with donors.

We will strive to be transparent about our efforts, learn from other women’s rights and civil society organisations working at the forefront of anti-racism, document our successes and failures, and encourage others to follow suit by leading by example.

5. Climate and environmentally-sensitive

We will take a climate and environmentally-sensitive approach. The nexus of gender, climate and conflict is crucial for us and for our partner organisations. Conflict and the inequalities that women and marginalised groups experience will be exacerbated by the effects of the environmental and climate crisis. We will set aside time and resources to minimise our environmental footprint and to increasingly promote climate and environmental justice.

We will shine a spotlight on the structural causes of climate change and environmental degradation that increase gender-based violence, affect women’s economic rights and harm sexual and reproductive health and rights. We will strive to be intentional when we support partners, conduct research and engage in advocacy in this area, so we may address its root causes together.

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Our approach to learning

Kvinna till Kvinna builds long-term, sustainable partnerships with women human rights defenders around the world. Learning is a key part of those partnerships. We offer training, build capacity, facilitate networking and knowledge sharing, and follow up on participants’ development—all to create lasting change.


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