Wisdom of Life

Mission

The Jwala Vision, Mission and Principles

Our Vision

A world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.

Our Mission

To end Violence Aganist Women by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

Our Principles

Through our work to end Viloence Aganist Women, we have recognized these ten principles as being fundamental to Jwala. We challenge ourselves to ensure that each of our strategies builds on these principles.

Human Dignity.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, including the right to food, health, work and education. The inherent nature of every person is creative, resourceful, self-reliant, responsible and productive.

Gender Equality.
An essential part of ending Violence Aganist Women must be to cause society-wide change towards gender equality. Women bear the major responsibility for meeting basic needs, yet are systematically denied the resources, freedom of action and voice in decision-making to fulfill that responsibility.

Empowerment
In the face of social suppression, focused and sustained action is required to awaken people to the possibility of self-reliance, to build confidence, and to organize communities to take charge of their own development.

Sustainability
Solutions to ending Violence Aganist Women must be sustainable locally, socially, economically and environmentally.

Social Transformation
People’s self-reliance is suppressed by conditions such as corruption, armed conflict, racism and the subjugation of women. These are all rooted in an age-old and nearly universal patriarchal mindset that must be transformed as part of a fundamental shift in the way society is organized.

Decentralization
Individual and community ownership of local development is critical. Actions are most successful if decisions are made close to the people. This requires effective national and local government working in partnership with the people.

Transformative Leadership Jwala requires a new kind of leadership: not top-down, authority-based leadership, but leadership that awakens people to their own power — leadership “with” people rather than leadership “over” people.