Global Policy and Advocacy

At Women for Women International, we are working towards a world where power systems and structures are transformed to better uphold and protect the rights of women affected by conflict and ensure their meaningful participation in the decisions, policies, and laws that affect them.

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Global Policy and Advocacy

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Our approach

We know that women are disproportionately impacted by global crises like conflict, climate change and insecurity.

Over the last few years we have seen how globally women’s rights have been facing backlash, increasing the barriers to creating safe and enabling spaces for women’s rights activists, coalitions, and networks to thrive.

That’s why we’re advocating to ensure that women’s participation, voice and leadership is central to the long-term changes we’re driving. Through listening to women, we are building the evidence base needed to engage decision makers at every level in a transformative effort to sustain an enabling environment for women’s rights in conflict-affected contexts. We also know that the journey ahead of us is a long one.

Using different influencing strategies and approaches – whether that’s through providing advocacy training to Change Agents, building our evidence-base to inform policy recommendations or contributing to collective efforts through movements and networks – we aim to shape more positive attitudes, norms and behaviours towards women and target power holders at the local, national, regional and global levels to make decisions that are more responsive to the rights, needs and experiences of women affected by conflict.

Our Theory of Change for Global Policy and Advocacy

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The mechanisms we use to drive change

Our community-led approach is championed through our grassroots advocacy, the Change Agent programme. Change Agents drive forward their self-identified priorities to achieve sustainable and long-term change.


In order to help women to break through the stereotypes that limit their opportunities, we work with men to challenge discrimination and help them become allies in the fight for gender equality. Since 2002, we have worked with over 50,894 men.


We are stronger together. That is why we work with networks and strategic partners to greater amplify the voices of the women we work with. Explore the key networks and coalitions we participate in and some of our partnership projects.


Our overall goal for policy and advocacy:

Power systems and structures are transformed to better uphold and protect the rights of women affected by conflict and ensure their meaningful participation

Women's participation voice & leadership

DIMENSIONS OF CHANGE

Social Norms & Practices

Change agents, partners and Women for Women International have increased capacity to advocate for social norm change

Change agents, partners and Women for Women International take increased collective action to influence social norms and practices in communities

Communities and families adopt attitudes, behaviours, and practices that are more responsive to the needs and experiences of marginalised women

Government policies, laws, services, & decision-making processes

Change agents, partners and Women for Women International have strengthened engagement with key decision-makers and influencers

Change agents, partners and Women for Women International engage collectively and strategically to influence government policies, laws, services and decision-making processes

Government policies, laws, services, & decision-making processes are more responsive to the needs and experiences of marginalised women

Our approaches

  • Strengthening & leveraging networks, coalitions, partnerships
  • Developing stakeholder capabilities
  • Amplifying women's voices
  • Knowledge generation, sharing, learning
  • Convening spaces for dialogue
  • Global campaigns

Explore our Evidence Hub

We know how valuable it can be to use learning and evidence to support our advocacy work. Here you can find our evidence hub, containing all of our published briefings, reports, situational assessments, research and data on the range of issues we work on.