What We Do
Women’s Freedom Forum is not affiliated with any government agency, political groups, or parties. Women’s Freedom Forum is supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide.
WFF extends its reach and influence by producing and distributing publications that highlight current issues and developments in women’s issues in the Middle East. Most notable among WFF’s publications is a pioneering annual report entitled “Working from Within,” whose mission is to promote research and the dissemination of current information regarding the condition of women and youth in Iran.
All WFF publications are developed through extensive research and consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders including those affected by the issues, activists, academics, government agencies and potential audiences. By drawing upon values associated with women’s rights WFF seeks to build bridges and connections across multiple issues to create stronger social change movements and better protect the rights of women worldwide.
WFF uses traditional media and new media to catalyze public engagement, change social norms and influence and frame the public agenda and policy.
WFF creates innovative partnerships with educational institutions, diverse civil society groups, and, where possible, government agencies to reach larger audiences and achieve a greater scale of advocacy. Partnerships also enable WFF to draw from the strengths and skills of others and leverage resources. For example, by partnering with Professor Donna Hughes, the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island, WFF was able to: leverage creative talent to conduct effectual research on human trafficking in the Middle East; disseminate the investigative results to a wider audience; and help shape policies pertinent towards women’s rights.
Our Issues Focus
While WFF’s work focuses on specific issue areas, all of WFF’s work is framed within the larger context of women’s rights. WFF identifies issue areas and locates the struggles of particular groups/communities as part of a larger, more holistic movement that values dignity, equality and justice for all.
In terms of program areas, WFF currently focuses on women’s rights in Iran and on human trafficking and labor justice and rights in the Middle East. WFF identify issue areas by taking into account the following factors:
- WFF subject matter expertise and knowledge of a particular area
- The potential value that the issue can contribute to policy changes.
- The resources that WFF and its partners can mobilize to advance a particular program area
- WFF’s capacity as an organization to contribute creatively and effectively
WFF reaches out to multiple audiences. At the broadest level, WFF engages the general public to reframe public agendas to uplift women’s rights values. WFF reaches out to broad constituencies through mass media tools while simultaneously attempting to garner the largest possible press coverage of its campaigns and message.
Another key audience is comprised of community-based groups and social justice organizations, particularly those working on women’s rights issues in the Middle East. These include but are not limited to community based groups, non-governmental organizations, universities, and networks of active individuals located abroad. Partnerships with these groups enable WFF to create a multiplier effect with key allies in achieving its mission of disseminating information to the public on issues that jeopardize women’s rights across the globe.
Acknowledgment of Risks Involved and Significance of Your Support
WFF’s main obstacles in information gathering and publishing are the heavy risks taken by all the freedom-loving women and men activists involved in the process. These defenders of women’s rights risk their freedom and their lives to expose injustice and challenge the abuses committed against them and their fellow sisters. These courageous individuals need our support.
WFF continues to be the voice of women who, through pain, suffering, and a struggle to be heard, lead and pave the way toward advancement.