What we do

Mission Statement

Karama aims are to end all types of violence against women in the Arab region and South Sudan, and to ensure that women are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes that affect them. We mobilize women’s influence and participation through political, legal and civil activism to address women’s advancement, security, protection, and participation. Karama works through partners in 13 countries in the Middle East and North Africa through national and regional women networks. Our work seeks to increase communities’ understanding of women’s rights, supporting them to secure the positive changes they want, based on international human rights mechanisms.

The Karama Approach

Karama’s approach to end violence against women distinguishes it from other initiatives, as Karama works from the ground up, emphasizing local expertise and elevating this to inform national policies, regional dialogues, and international advocacy.

Karama takes a broader view in the belief that to bring an end to violence against women, it is necessary to identify the ways it affects and is affected by economics, law, health, media, education, and art/culture—the things that matter most in people’s daily lives—and to design strategies to combat it through each of these areas.

Karama works to end violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa by building coalitions addressing the multi-sectoral causes and consequences of violence and enhancing their capacity to advocate, lobby, and build awareness on women’s issues, priorities, and rights in the region.