WAND is committed to a philosophy of equality and fairness.
We believe that every human being has the right to dignity, respected, and freedom from oppression, fear and unfair discrimination. We believe that by addressing problems within excluded communities, we can empower these groups to contribute to a world of peace, equality and justice where gross cultural misconceptions and unfair discrimination is no longer a reality, a world where empathy and compassion replace exclusion and resentment.
There no place for unfair discrimination. Every community and culture has suffered its own trauma. There is a need to understand this, and a need to move away from exclusive protectionism at the expense of the most vulnerable. We have a duty and obligation to care for those in need, irrespective of race, gender, religion or political opinion. We have an obligation to listen to the voices of the marginalized and ensure that their right to participate and contribute to society is respected. Women need to be empowered to become fully actualized agents in their own lives and their own development. We must continuously seek to empower and liberate people and support them in their struggle for self-respect and self-confidence.
In support of our core activities and in light of limited resources and certain common objectives WAND is involved with other groups.