About us

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation supports networks between women’s organisations in various countries and regions. Women from Albania and Kosovo at a network meeting on violence against women, held in Shengjin in Albania.The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation supports networks between women’s organisations in various countries and regions. Women from Albania and Kosovo at a network meeting on violence against women, held in Shengjin in Albania.

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation supports women's organising in conflict regions. We collaborate with women's organisations who play an active part in peace and rebuilding processes.

Our partner organisations help women legally and psychologically. They are involved in women's health issues and sexual and reproductive rights. They inform women, and men, of women's human rights. They empower and further educate women activists and politicians. They counteract violence against women and human trafficking. They educate authorities and influence decision-making processes and legislation. Women's organisations change society by spreading their knowledge and experience of democracy, reconciliation and peace work.

Having a place to meet is a prerequisite for expressing needs and formulating opinions. By meeting, organising, sharing problems and experiences, women empower each other. Together they can formulate political demands and organise for change.

Women's organisations in conflict regions have great experience of the needs that exist in society. They have strategies for achieving change; change that entails women taking control of the own bodies, having the power to make decisions and the right to access society's resources.

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation regards gender equality, sustainable peace and progress as being inseparable. Sustainable peace is only achievable by challenging and changing the unequal power structures in society that restrict, oppress and marginalise groups and individuals. It requires a strong civil society where people participate on equal terms regardless of gender or social, ethnic, cultural and sexual affinity. In most societies in the world men are the norm. Without the active participation of women there is no possibility for sustainable progress.

Changing attitudes and building peace and gender equality takes time. Peace processes provide the opportunity for change. Old structures can be revaluated when societies are rebuilt. Both women and men in the decision-making processes and around the negotiating table improves the possibility of sustainable progress.

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation invests in Peace. Support that goes directly to women in poor countries is effective. Your support makes a difference. The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation was awarded the 2002 Right Livelihood Award for its successful support to women's peace and reconciliation work.

We work regionally and are active in the Middle East, Western Balkans and Southern Caucasus. As women's organisations often confront similar problems, they have a great use of each other's experiences. We mediate contacts and create room for women to meet across social, cultural, and territorial borders. We work long-term and through collaboration. By working in the field and long-term we build up support activities in collaboration with our partner organisations. Read more about our fieldwork

We work to change international development cooperation and security policies by spreading information about the conditions of women in war and conflict, and by shaping opinion through pursuing the issue of women's access to power and the significance of the issue for poverty eradication, sustainable development and peace, and by highlighting the importance of women's participation in peace and democratic processes. Read more about our communication work