FAS believes that the politics of exclusion adds to the multiple factors which cause conflict and political instability on the African continent. However, by giving recognition and visibility to women and their work, such inequalities can be redressed. In order to ensure that women's interests are articulated and represented, FAS lobbies at the sub-regional, regional, international and institutional levels. Its aim is to encourage policy-making bodies at all levels to develop and implement policies which promote gender mainstreaming and to adopt the principle of gender parity, thus ensuring the full participation of African women in all decision-making processes.
FAS organizes peace and solidarity missions to share experiences and assess the role of women in conflict resolution and peacebuilding in conflict-torn regions. It has undertaken such missions to Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
FAS conducts training workshops specifically adapted to the needs of grassroots women in the areas of reconciliation, civic education, conflict resolution, negotiation and leadership. In addition, it develops advocacy platforms and favours the creation of new local African networks and partnerships in these different programme areas.
FAS conducts workshops and training sessions in civic education as a means of promoting the participation of women in democratization processes.
Furthermore, FAS has monitored a number of elections, for example in Liberia, to evaluate and report on the participation of women and whether processes were conducted democratically.
FAS is committed to the pursuit of justice against perpetrators of war crimes and violators of women's human rights.
In keeping with this commitment, FAS develops and advocates for measures to ensure that national and international legislation in Africa protects women's rights. It also recognizes the link between justice for victims and lasting peace in communities. As part of this work, FAS participated in the drafting and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, which includes a clause to address the culture of impunity and aims to establish mechanisms for justice.