Strategies

To actualize its objectives, FAS programmes and activities use several complementary strategies implemented in synergy:

- The primary strategy lies in the fact that FAS takes a holistic approach, geographically and thematically. Indeed, on one side, FAS operates at the same time at the local level and at the national, sub-regional, regional and international levels. On the other side, FAS projects target not only one area of interventions but several, that is not only women's capacity-building for example but as well changes in policies and political structures and programmes. This approach allows creating a synergy of effects and a stronger impact.

- Bringing women together to gather their force, encouraging solidarity among them, strengthening existing local and national networks, building networks among them, helping them to reach a critical mass and create national coalitions, and coordinating them at the regional level to agree on a peace agenda is an important strategy used by FAS to give them a stronger voice, that can be heard more easily, more frequently and more loudly.

- Reaching-out grassroot as well as young women is also an important issue for FAS in order to better represent overall women's concerns and better contribute to their empowerment.

- As well, to maximize its impact, FAS interventions focus on the regions it knows the best such as the Mano River, the Great Lakes and the horn of Africa, and favour a sub-regional approach to peace rather than a national one which may be not sustainable enough.

- Another important strategy used by FAS to empower African women is to facilitate their access to various relevant fora and decision-makers including African Heads of State.

- Finally to accompany women's mobilization, it is also paramount to directly target on the other hand the decision-makers such as the African Heads of State and relevant international community stakeholders such as the Special Rapporteur on women's rights. This is made possible thanks to FAS prestigious advisory board and wide network.

- Documenting and publishing women's progress and achievements is also a way to give them visibility and empower them, thus encouraging more and more of them to join their mobilization, and allowing them to get more support.