What we do

Change in Norms, Cultures, Power Structures, and Politics

Gender Justice in legislation and in practice is at the core of KVINFO’s international work. It supports equal participation in society and combats gender-based violence. And it is guided by the Representaion, Resources, and Recognition principles.

Gender Inquality Globally

The UN’s index on gender inequality (GII) is metric of gender inequality using three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market. A low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men. The countries in which KVINFO works are listed with the followint GIIs as per 2021:

  • Jordan: 0,465
  • Morocco: 0,425
  • Egypt: 0,443
  • Georgia: 0,280
  • Tunesia: 0,259
  • Ukraine: 0,200

Denmark’s GII is 0,016.

KVINFO’s international work takes place in countries with a lack of gender justice and where work with gender and equality provides an important and effective focus area for creating a more free and equal society. We currently work in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan in the so-called MENA region and in Ukraine and Georgia.

The work takes differnt forms, ranging from preventing gender-based violence in collaboration with partners to advocating for law reform and challenging norms and traditions that limit people according to stereotypical gender norms.

Common to all parts of the work is that it contributes to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and that it is based on a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA). It is an approach to international development cooperation that considers it a duty to respect, protect and fulfill rights, rather than, as in the past, see development work as charity.

KVINFO always works closely with local organisations in the countries concerned and regionally. The partnerships ensure efficiency and sustainability in the work by using local knowledge of needs and context and by focusing on local ownership in all parts of a project or programme. Some projects also have Danish organisations as partners. These are Danner, the Women’s Council Denmark, LGBT+ Danmark and DFPA.

In this strategy period, KVINFO’s international work is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and its Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) and Danish Neighbourhood Programme, the European Union, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Globalt Fokus, Center for Church-Based Development, and the New Democracy Fund.