FAR is a global alliance that works to advance gender equality and women’s rights, and to strengthen national and regional accountability, by facilitating strategic collaboration between feminists from the Global South and marginalized communities of the Global North, to influence global standards and policies relevant to local realities.
FAR envisions a world where women and girls realize their full potential: where feminist ideals are recognized and supported; diversity and complexity are respected; and resources and power are shared to enhance the well-being of people and the planet.
FAR is an international global platform whose mission is to amplify vibrant voices, ideas, and leadership for collective action to advance rights, build community, and sustain peace. The Alliance promotes the leadership of women from the Global South and from marginalized communities from the Global North in international policymaking, to ensure inclusion and accountability.
FAR’s Thematic Areas
In March 2018, the FAR Steering Committee agreed to focus on peace, security and safety, and ending gender-based violence against women, for the period 2018-2020.
In January 2019, the Steering Committee agreed to narrow its thematic focus for the period 2019-2021, to cover the topic of sexual and reproductive health and rights in situations of crisis, which is inextricably linked to gender-based violence.
FAR is deeply concerned about the unprecedented risks and threats experienced by women human rights defenders, and the need to highlight the unique gender-specific threats and violence that accompanies their role promoting, protecting, and advancing women’s rights.
FAR promotes the engagement of feminist organizations in defense of women’s rights while strengthening local capacity for human rights-based advocacy. FAR facilitates knowledge of and access to UN human rights mechanisms, and regional mechanisms, so that women’s rights organizations and movements can more effectively hold governments accountable for human rights violations against women.
In its work, FAR utilizes human rights lenses with both a collective and an individual perspective, and an intersectional approach, to recognize and highlight ways in which multiple factors increase discrimination and marginalization of women. FAR emphasizes the importance of feminist analyses and agendas to international and regional advocacy spaces. The Alliance amplifies women’s voices, especially from women’s organizations from the Global South and organizations working with marginalized communities in the Global North.
FAR achieves its goals through the following activities:
- Conducting research, documentation, and feminist analysis of situations adversely affecting women’s rights;
- Sharing information — including policy briefs, reports, and announcements — as tools for advocacy;
- Holding convenings that bring together the voices and expertise of feminists from the Global South and marginalized communities in the Global North to strategize on common issues of concern;
- Implementing capacity-building activities for the field of women’s rights to engage with international women’s human rights mechanisms;
- Creating networking opportunities for members to engage with experts in women’s human rights mechanisms and leaders of feminist organizations working towards common goals; and
- Building intergenerational feminist leadership, and making room for emerging leaders.
Herstory/History of FAR
Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR) is a global alliance that transitioned from the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition, with the specific purpose of engaging feminists from the Global South and from marginalized communities of the Global North. Working together, they identify points of convergence and develop a global agenda anchored in on-the-ground realities and a human rights framework and strengthen national, regional and international accountability to advance gender equality and human rights.
The Post-2015 Women’s Coalition was initiated by the leadership of the GEAR campaign (Gender/Equality/Architecture/Reform), whose aim was to strengthen feminist engagement in the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda and processes leading up to the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.