Our Goals and Approaches
The activities of PeaceWomen Across the Globe focus on strengthening links between women peace activists, supporting their work by providing them with practical tools, and making their commitment visible. Our projects, campaigns and publications pursue one or more of our three main goals, which mutually reinforce each other:
- PROMOTING THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN
Our goal: Women will become decision-makers on all levels of society and politics. In particular, they will be actively involved in efforts to protect or restore peace and the rule of law.
Our approach: In order to strengthen the participation of women, we initiate and coordinate networks that enable PeaceWomen to share their experiences with each other and hold courses for female peace mediators and conduct projects aimed at developing prospects for sustainable peace.
- CURBING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Our goal: Violence against women will be recognized as the greatest obstacle on the path to equal rights and respect for women's human rights. As a result, efforts will be made to tackle violence against women in both the domestic and the public sphere, as well as in a very wide range of contexts.
Our approach: As violence against women is a global phenomenon, we focus on interregional learning in our fight against it. Three regional coordinators are conducting projects that tackle violence against women. Each project focuses on the local context. By sharing successful strategies, experiences and expert knowledge with each other, the coordinators are able to test the effectiveness of promising approaches beyond regional and cultural borders.
- ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO GET INVOLVED IN PEACE WORK
Our goal: Women's peace work will be well documented and accessible to a wide audience. Potential female peace activists will be motivated by good examples. There will be positive chain reactions as a result of women's peace work being made visible.
Our approach: By focusing our reporting and documentation on what women have achieved and on the developments initiated by women that led to peace, women all over the world are encouraged to get involved in political and social processes. The work of the 1000 PeaceWomen and of a new generation of dedicated women is an inspiration to us.
We use the following means to strengthen women peace activists and make their work visible: our newsletter, which is published twice a year; our annual report; traveling exhibitions; the PeaceWomen's Blog; and other social media.