Marginalized people and others who have struggled with grave challenges to their human rights possess a unique understanding of the problems in their communities—and their insights have the potential to fuel effective, lasting solutions.

That’s why AJWS takes a feminist approach to research, disrupting traditional power dynamics by treating study participants not as subjects, but as experts on the challenges they face. Feminist research methods elevate the voices of marginalized people, and aim to understand how gender, context and other factors intersect to shape the lives of women and girls.

Who does the research and how they do it matter. AJWS collaborates with and supports researchers who share our values and have proven themselves to be credible within their communities. By focusing primarily on grassroots researchers, AJWS ensures that the findings will be useful to local communities, activists and organizations—and will be more likely to contribute to lasting social change.

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