FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development - is a knowledge and resource centre on international gender issues. It is an umbrella organization for about 50 organizations in Norway. The overall objective is to promote women’s human rights and gender equality globally. This necessitates strengthening women’s access to rights, resources and power, which FOKUS seeks to achieve through advocacy and international development cooperation.
FOKUS was established in 1995. Today the organization consists of more than 50 Norwegian women's organizations, groups and forums in political parties, trade unions, and solidarity and aid organizations Click here for the complete list of members.
FOKUS receives financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD), , the Norwegian Association of Lawyers, the Grieg foundation, the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees and monthly donors.
FOKUS governing structure and organization consists of an annual member assembly, a board (elected by the annual assembly) and a secretariat in Norway, with a country office in Colombia.
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit is FOKUS’ patron.
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WHAT WE DO
FOKUS’ vision is a world based on gender equality and equity, where women’s human rights are respected and protected and where everybody has equal access to participation regardless of gender.
Gender discrimination, poverty and marginalization are human rights violations. In partnership with local organizations in seven countries in Africa and Latin America, and together with international networks, FOKUS seeks to increase women’s access to rights, resources and power.
From 2017-2021, FOKUS specifically work on the following issues:
- Women’s right to control their own bodies: To reduce the prevalence of violence against women and girls and to strengthen the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls.
- Women’s economic rights and participation: Laws, norms and traditions limit women’s economic participation all over the world. Women’s equal rights to financial services, inheritance and property must be promoted. Business investments and operations must not infringe on women’s human rights.
- Women in conflict and crisis: Both women and men are victims of conflicts and crisis, but they are differently impacted Women must be able to participate in peace negotiations. Women’s experiences and priorities must be taken into account.
- Norway’s development policy and gender equality : Gender equality must be prioritized within the framework Norwegian foreign policy, international development policy and aid
WHERE WE ARE
FOKUS have programs in seven countries: Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania. FOKUS is involved in a number of regional and global networks. Click here for the complete list of cooperating partners. Click here for the complete list of cooperating partners.