Making Justice work for Women
We work to generate systemic change in how governments combat violence against women, and to create social change by mobilising communities to end acceptance of violence against women. Sisters For Change is an active part of a global movement for change, one that values women and girls as equal members of our communities.
By providing legal information and services at the grassroots, connecting grassroots organisations and working with them to monitor state responses to violence against women through police investigation, prosecution and the courts, we aim to make laws real in practice and to make justice work for millions of women currently excluded from formal justice mechanisms.
Mobilising 2.4 billion women & men globally to end acceptance of violence
Our goal is that by 2040, Sisters For Change will have mobilised 2.4 billion women and men worldwide to end acceptance of violence against women and girls.
1.2 billion women have suffered violence – which means at least 1.2 billion people have perpetrated it – while many billions more have been affected. This is why our target is to mobilise 2.4 billion people to create change. We will reach them through our programmes, petitions, social media campaigns and with help from supporters and partners like you.
Our programme themes
Sisters For Change monitors state responses to violence against women and brings legal and policy challenge to hold states to account where they fail to deliver on their obligations to prevent, protect, investigate and punish violence against women. Read more.
Mobilising law: Sisters For Change works with partners to train and equip rural paralegals, lawyers and activists in women’s rights.
Mobilising information: Sisters For Change makes information and justice accessible to the world’s most marginalised women by educating women about their rights, disseminating legal information at the grassroots, and providing support to victims of violence as they seek justice. In addition, we mobilise local activists – ‘citizen journalists’ – to write about and report on the prevalence of violence against women in their communities.
Mobilising communities: Sisters For Change mobilise village, town and city leaders across the world to publicly state they will not tolerate violence against women in their communities. Read more.
Sisters for Change is building a community network to connect grassroots partners and NGOs, to facilitate the exchange and sharing of information and learning, and to support those working to end violence against women. Read more.
Empowering marginalised women
Sisters for Change seeks to help and empower some of the world’s most marginalised women, including:
Rural women and girls
Women factory workers
Women domestic workers
Lower caste or socially excluded women and girls
Women and girls living in slums or poor housing
We reach marginalised women by basing our programmes and initiatives in locations where they live and work, by focusing outreach activities in their communities and by conducting advocacy efforts to magnify their voice.
Engaging men and boys
Sisters for Change is an organisation that actively works to include men and boys in all aspects of our work. Husbands, fathers, brothers, boyfriends, sons and NGOs working with men all have a critical contribution to make. The only way to end social acceptance of violence against women is by engaging the whole community and working together. This means engaging with men who know violence against women and girls is wrong and want to help create positive social change in their society.
A model of collaboration and partnership
Sisters for Change works closely with grassroots partners across the world. We know that only through collaboration can we build a clear and consistent evidence-based approach to ending violence against women, develop social justice systems that are accountable, robust and fair, and foster community engagement that creates long-lasting social change.
Working together with women’s right organisations, non-government organisations, social activists, journalists, lawyers and technologists enhances our collective impact and makes each of our shared messages stronger.