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2020 is being hailed as one of the biggest years for gender equality and women’s rights, with an unprecedented number of global gatherings and political milestones, bringing much-needed focus on bolder actions that challenge the status quo and deliver on commitments for all women.  

Marginalized women in fragile and conflict-affected states have been left behind the progress and ambitions of world leaders’ commitments.

In 2020 and beyond, Women for Women International wants to be part of the global agenda and influence it for marginalized women affected by conflict.

Our Agenda for Action outlines what we are calling for.

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"We desire for the next generation to live in peace, with no conflict, with fair inheritance and taxes for girls and boys. May we all have the same rights with no discrimination of sex and equal chances for men and women."




These are the priority areas that form our Agenda for Action


Agenda for Action
ACTION AREA 1: Make Women's Needs Visible

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

Agenda for Action
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 marginalized women.

Agenda for Action
ACTION AREA 3: Listen to Women

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

Agenda for Action
ACTION AREA 4: Prioritize Ending Violence Against Women

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

Agenda for Action
ACTION AREA 5: Invest in and for Women's Economic Power

Marginalized 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.



  • We will highlight the reality for marginalized women and ensure that their specific needs are included and recognized 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 marginalized women.   
  • We will increase the participation of women we work within our programs 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 marginalized 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 Agenda for Action 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.


"After the program, 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."


Women Fleeing Afghanistan
”Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” —Dalai Lama