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Agenda for Action

Action Areas

These are the priority areas that form our Agenda for Action

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Action Area 1 Make women’s needs visible

Women have different experiences. But policy makers often treat them as one group, neglecting the unique realities of the most marginalised women. This means their specific needs are invisible and unaccounted for in key global policy agendas.

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Action Area 2 Increase coordination to address women’s true realities

The work of the international community is uncoordinated between the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. This approach does not reflect the real, interconnected experiences and needs of marginalised women.

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Action Area 3 Listen to women

People in power are not listening to the voices of marginalised women. Despite grand political gestures, women continue to face barriers to their participation in decisions that have a direct impact on their lives.

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Action Area 4 Prioritise ending violence against women

Violence against women is a fundamental barrier to women’s power and rights. Despite this, international interventions do not prioritise addressing the deep-rooted causes of violence against women.

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Action Area 5 Invest in and for women’s economic power

Marginalised women are faced with chronic poverty and structural barriers which prevent them from fulfilling their economic potential. But there is not enough priority and funding given to women’s economic power in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

Our Commitments

  • We will highlight the reality for marginalised women and ensure that their specific needs are included and recognised in decision-making processes.
  • We will build partnerships and bring together influential partners from the humanitarian, development and peace-building sectors to champion more coordination and collaboration towards delivering an agenda that works for the most marginalised women.   
  • We will increase the participation of women we work with in our programmes and support their participation in decision-making spaces.
  • We will step up our advocacy on violence against women to raise awareness of the specific challenges faced by marginalised women and influence the delivery of interventions that meet their needs.
  • We will step up our investment in women’s power to address the structural barriers that impact women’s decision-making power and access to livelihood opportunities. 

Download our Agenda for Action policy report or handout to learn more about our commitments and how you can support us to deliver the changes that women from conflict affected countries urgently need.

For reasons of security and privacy, we are using a photo of a different Women for Women International graduate to represent the woman being quoted. Photo: Alison Baskerville

After the programme, I know that I am a human being and have the same rights like the men in the family and community and I can be free, I have the right to choose, I have rights for work and property and when I advocate for others, I try my best to help women solve their problems

Lutfia, Kapisa, Afghanistan

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Change Agents Programme

Supporting women to have influence in their communities is critical to their empowerment and promoting gender equality. We provide advanced training in leadership and advocacy for select graduates of our year-long programme so that they can push for changes that they want to see.

The Global Goals

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. We are concerned that marginalised women survivors of conflict are being failed by the Goals and are continuing to be left behind.

Women's Rights in Conflict

Conflict both exacerbates and creates barriers to women’s empowerment. Yet women are critical to creating change. It is vital that the international community effectively delivers on its commitments for women affected by conflict. This includes commitments under the Women, Peace and Security Framework.