Advocacy means speaking or acting in support of a particular cause. Through our advocacy work, we aim to work together with disadvantaged people to improve their living conditions. Mission 21 specialises in advocacy for gender justice as well as advocacy for religious freedom. We want to empower people to voice their concerns more clearly in public, to claim a life in dignity and to demand their rights.

      Gender justice

      Mission 21 strives for a world where human rights are equally valid for women, with no restrictions. We advocate the cause of gender justice through our Women and Gender Staff Unit. To achieve this goal, we apply professional methods to ensure that women are accorded equal importance when we plan, design and implement our programmes. Through our advocacy work, we raise awareness about human rights for women – not only among women, but also among men; we educate people and motivate them to pass their new knowledge on to others. We also provide financial support for women with our programme for gender justice, so that they can take on leadership roles and responsibilities in all areas of life.

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      ► Programme for gender justice


      Religious freedom

      Time and again, conflicts arise and atrocities are perpetrated against members of other religious communities in the name of religion. Mission 21 carries out advocacy work to obtain fruitful benefits from religion's potential to bring about peace. In collaboration with our partner churches and partner organisations, we support continuing education in interfaith peace work. We work across ethnic and religious divides in collaboration with organisations from other religions, and we strengthen mutual trust among religious communities. Every year, we organise a symposium on Interfaith Peace Work in Switzerland. On dates marking symbolic anniversaries such as Human Rights Day on 10 December, we appear in public to send out a message of religious freedom.

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