Women without Borders (WwB), an international nonprofit organisation headquartered in Vienna.
Women without Borders puts research into practice through community-based strategies that combine theory and grassroots fieldwork. Responding to the threat of radicalisation by sensitising women to their roles and responsibilities in building community resilience, WwB initiated the world’s first female PVE platform in 2008: the Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) network. WwB pioneered and continues to lead the effort of harnessing the potential of Mothers Preventing Violent Extremism (MPVE) through its ‘MotherSchools: Parenting for Peace’ Model. While addressing extremism is a priority among the range of distinct but interrelated WwB capacity building projects, this approach reflects our organisation’s longstanding, broader governing philosophy: translating research into action and empowering women to move from victimhood towards agency, the world over.

“Usually I photograph a staged situation in my studio – as raw material
when I’m researching a current subject of interest.
SAVE changes my focus, directs it into the world, to people with extreme
experiences – a kind of corrective for my self-centered focus.”

© all images Xenia Hausner

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