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Networking and relationship building Toolbox

Women on the Frontline is a three-year initiative funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Hivos and implemented jointly by Hivos, Oxfam, PwC, and Institute of War & Peace Reporting. It aimed to work towards the full and equal participation of women in transforming societies, by strengthening women’s organisations in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, and Tunisia. 

Networks can be structured in many different ways, and depending on the level of obligation and responsibility may have significant advantages for member organization.  In all things there is strength in numbers.  But as in any relationship networks take work.  

The Networking and Relationship Building Toolbox is developed during the Women on the Frontline programme. It is divided into three sections; networks, networking, and relationship building. It is intended as a guide for women’s rights activists considering the utility of joining or creating networks for the purpose of amplifying campaigns, impact, or profile to important issues. We participate in many informal networks every day; family, friends, community, workplace, and so on. This guide, however, explores the more formal networks. 

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