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Ways forward: a summary

Monday 5 – Wednesday 7 February 2024 | WP3274


Strengthen overarching action

  1. Build strong political vision and a long-term strategy with multiple stakeholders to create a shared agenda.
  2. Reframe the humanitarian system to ensure WLOs and WROs can access flexible long-term support.
  3. Consistently advocate women’s rights and leadership, create political and policy spaces in which women can engage meaningfully, and redefine women’s leadership to better empower local WLO and WRO specifically to participate.

Support new partnerships and ways of working

  1. Explore ideas for potential new partnerships between humanitarian donors and actors, and women’s and feminist funds.
  2. Improve communication and information about Women’s Funds and how to access them to WLOs and WROs across the world, and particularly in crises affected contexts.
  3. Learn from pilots of ‘reverse due diligence’ in the LGBTQI+ sector and explore, with donors, how this could be broadened to hold the humanitarian system to account.

Strengthen existing systems

  1. Continue to explore streamlining due diligence processes between donors and UN agencies to reduce the burden of auditing and reporting on WLOs and WROs and embed realities and understandings of ‘inclusive’ localisation.
  2. Nurture new generations of multi-donor and country-based pooled funds and continue to improve accessibility and quality of funding of existing funds for WROs and WLOs.
  3. Take action for equitable partnerships with WROs and WLOs within the multilateral system.
  4. Make better use of diaspora networks and recognize their role in humanitarian crises.

Respect underlying principles

  1. Invest in strengthening and sustaining WLOs and WROs over the long term, rather than only responding when there is a crisis, and promote and invest in social change processes that address underlying conditions of inequality and marginalisation.

“Funding for feminist organisations ‘is not a money problem, it’s a distribution problem.”

  1. Respect local and indigenous languages and create opportunities and environments in which to accommodate them in the donor space.
  2. Recognise the power imbalance between large scale international donors and smaller grassroots WROs and WLOs, to acknowledge and address differences, and empower WROs and WLOs to have a stronger and more meaningful voice.


Key messages


Dialogue themes: understanding crisis – meanings, definitions, and language

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