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What we do

Act Church of Sweden works with church cooperation, development cooperation, humanitarian relief efforts and advocacy.

Act Church of Sweden’s work includes humanitarian work, long-term development work, church collaboration and advocacy. Areas of special priority are:

Gender justice and equality: We adopt a clear position on injustices on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. We fight against sexual and gender-related violence, as well as harmful customs such as child marriage. By working with religious actors, we have access to important forces for change in society, where religion greatly influences people’s lives and can exercise direct power in matters of marriage and family law.

Srhr: We work to safeguard people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. We work, among other things, for improved access to maternal care, preventive healthcare for women and children and sexual education. People’s views of SRHR, relationships, the family and equality are often strongly influenced by religious traditions and norms. We therefore collaborate with local churches and religious actors working for change, to strengthen their knowledge of and capacity for working with SRHR.

Theology and development: We work to protect all persons’ basic freedom of religion or belief. We participate with churches and religious actors all over the world in our work to bring about change and seek to strengthen churches’ ability to work to safeguard human rights through theological education, reflection and exchange.

Just peace: We work to ensure that people live their lives in security and that conditions are in place to prevent and manage conflicts. We seek to strengthen the resistance and ability of individuals and societies to recover from war and protect particularly vulnerable social groups and refugees.

Fair and sustainable livelihood: We see that creation is threatened by the current human impact on the planet and want to work towards a sustainable development, where people take responsibility for their life style and effect on nature, the climate and the environment. We work for sustainable production and consumption, and to ensure that everyone is able to participate in the economic development on fair and sustainable conditions.

Humanitarian work: In its humanitarian work the Church of Sweden seeks to contribute to saving lives, preventing and alleviating need and maintaining human dignity and human rights in emergency situations. We take a psycho-social approach, which ensures that people have their own resources and the ability to manage the situation and recover.

 

Education initiatives for internal refugees in Myanmar give vulnerable children a future. Bild: Magdalena Vogt
En grupp med Ageravolontärer maj 2019 Bild: Magnus Aronson/Ikon

Church of Sweden’s international advocacy work targets those with economic and political power in Sweden, the EU and the UN, and aims to bring about long-term, sustainable change.

Church of Sweden takes an active role in issues such as gender justice, sustainable development, peace, democracy and human rights based on the equal value and rights of all people.

We are members of:  

ACT Alliance EU (APRODEV), a network that lobbies EU institutions.
Swedwatch which monitors how companies with links to Sweden impact people and the environment in low-income countries.

The Fairtrade product labelling organisation, which gives consumers a direct opportunity to support companies and trade helping to combat poverty.
CONCORD Sweden, which works with development policy.  

We are committed to follow the core humanitarian standard

Members of CHS are committed to meeting the highest standards of accountability and quality management.

The Standard: 

Core Humanitarian Standard. Communities and people affected by crisis. Impartiality – Neutrality – Independence - Humanity

1. Humanitarian response is appropriate and relevant.

2. Humanitarian response is effective and timely.

3. Humanitarian response strengthens local capacities and avoids negative effects.

4. Humanitarian response is based on communication, participation and feedback.

5. Complaints are welcomed and addressed.

6. Humanitarian response is coordinated and complementary.

7. Humanitarian actors continuously learn and improve.

8. Staff are supported to do their job effectively, and are treated fairly and equitably.

9. Resources are managed and used responsibly for their intended purpose.

Read more on CHS website.