Accountability Principles

We strive to build respectful relationships as the foundation of our work.  Relationships are where we enact all our commitments to equity, justice and accountability, in a dynamic and evolving process.  We strive to be consistent and transparent in our actions and processes, listening deeply and speaking truthfully, continually engaging feedback from our partners, and acknowledging our common humanity.

We acknowledge that legacies of power structures such as race, caste and class privilege are deeply embedded in all of our lives, and we strive to identify and uproot historic patterns of oppression where they show up in our thinking, planning and actions.  With compassion, we hold ourselves and each other accountable to addressing the impacts of our intersecting privileges as they play out.

We recognize that communities and peoples impacted by the intersecting legacies of colonialism and an unfair capitalist growth paradigm possess experience-based, collectively-held knowledge around resisting injustice, promoting resilience, and sparking transformation.  We prioritize community-based and women’s knowledge as a key source of healing and solutions for our global society. We strive to learn from this knowledge, invest in its application, and contribute to building a platform for it to be widely shared.

We commit to observing proper, region-specific protocol when we engage with women leaders and groups in the course of our work.  Through consultation, humility and continual learning and self-reflection, we strive to build our competency to effectively and respectfully engage in cross-cultural collaboration.

We commit to authentically supporting women’s leadership, especially Indigenous women, women of color, young women, elders, low-income women, and women who represent front-line and impacted communities.  To do this, we strive to support women leaders to have access to resources, information, decision-making opportunities, and communication platforms that can empower their leadership and work.

We commit to implementing anti-oppression principles in our work. We commit to recognizing and uplifting our partners’ leadership, expertise and contributions.

We commit to build transparency within our systems and processes.  As we design and implement projects, build relationships, manage information, and engage support for our work, we integrate feedback and oversight from colleagues representing the communities and peoples we aim to support.

We strive to engage in global social and environmental justice work with deep respect for the wisdom and ongoing movement building efforts of grassroots changemakers. We recognize how vital it is to also be open to receiving from our partners—in terms of their guidance, know-how, and direction. We recognize this requires deep listening, as well as openness and flexibility. Finally, we acknowledge the long-term nature of struggles for justice and gender equality.  Our role as reliable allies is to help create the conditions through which those who are acutely affected by injustices can assert and grow their own power.