Methodology for psychosocial well-being within women’s rights organizations
Vulnerable groups, such as indigenous peoples, refugees and migrants, women and LGBTQI people, are increasingly having their rights infringed in many countries around the world. The scope for civil society to operate has diminished in many places and hatred, threats and violence are used in order to silence those who defend or represent these groups. The Postcode Foundation therefore, together with Freedom House, wants to carry out a pilot project to develop a sustainable methodology for women’s rights organizations’ work with psychosocial well-being in order to strengthen civil society’s capacity to operate.
Organizations and human rights defenders who represent a vulnerable group, for example women, often face threats and attacks which creates a great negative emotional, mental and psychological impact. Women are often employed by these organizations and their vulnerability is doubled as they are threatened both for their line of work and for their gender identity. Pursuing women’s rights issues as a woman can be very psychologically stressful, as threats can come both from resourceful actors such as governments but also from one’s own society and family. Studies show that women’s rights defenders suffer greatly from stress, burnout, depression and trauma. There is currently a lack of continuity in women’s rights organizations to ensure psychosocial well-being for their staff, members and volunteers. Working preventively so that they can continue their work is important for achieving long-term change for women’s rights and Agenda 2030.
The Postcode Foundation supports the project with SEK 5,460,000.