In FAS vision, each and every African woman can play a role in conflict prevention and resolution, and peacebuilding, contributing to peace in Africa, while improving their own life at the same time.
FAS recognizes that women are disproportionately affected by violent conflicts. However, rather than perceiving women only as passive victims, FAS acknowledges that women are also active civil society agents with skills, strengths, and the potential to bring about positive change for their own countries and themselves, and beyond.
What is FAS about?
With this vision in mind, FAS primary mission is to empower African women to assume a leadership role in building peace.
Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), created by African women leaders, without racial or religious agenda using international instruments such as the UN Resolution 1325 as its main conceptual framework for guiding its programmes.
What is FAS added value?
A lot of international and African organizations are intervening on women's issues in Africa but very few of them have FAS capacity to support women's effective role on conflict prevention and peace building in Africa at the national, sub-regional, regional and international levels. FAS has both the networks and the experience needed.
What are FAS values?
In FAS world, women can make a huge difference if they make their voice heard and are able to fulfil their role effectively. FAS wishes to favour the creation of a new social order that guarantees the respect of women's rights, women's equal responsibility for, and equal access and opportunity to participate in decision-making.
What are FAS principles?
To achieve its mission, FAS relies on the following principles:
- African men and women must be the first ones to feel accountable for bringing peace to Africa including the African Diaspora;
- Peace has a core human security dynamic that goes beyond its military component;
- Women's empowerment and ownership to durable peace is paramount;
- Women's natural tendency to solidarity make them natural peace advocates;
- Women's equal participation in decision-making processes is an ultimate necessity, however the realization of gender parity is insufficient: Women must be competent as well;
- Peace as well as gender are transversal issues that need to be dealt within the overall socio-political and cultural context.