Our Mission

“Fighting together for a better tomorrow alongside the women warriors currently displaced by violence, conflict and persecution.”

Action from Switzerland (AfS) is a non-profit organisation based in Zürich that believes in solidarity with our fellow human beings being displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. Our work is focused on ensuring that everyone is able to exercise their rights, in dignity, regardless of their race, language or religion.

We pay special attention in defending the rights and needs of the extra vulnerable displaced, especially women and girls, in order to combat exploitation and gender based violence and promote women’s rights and social inclusion.

Our projects are all developed with the objective of delivering a dynamic response to the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War 2.

We are also thoroughly committed to amplifying the voices of those displaced by maintaining a strong advocacy policy on the inhumanity of the situation on the ground in Greece and the political disaster causing breaches of human rights happening on a daily basis.

Our Vision

We strive to create a future where all displaced, men or women, are self sustaining, respected and truly empowered. We count ourselves as drivers of social change and advocates of women’s rights in particular, fighting to eliminate inequality and discrimination, including gender-based violence, and promoting the advancement of women’s capacities and ownership over their own decisions.

Our Values

We stand for humanity and social justice. We recognise the essential dignity and inherent rights of every person, and strive to honour independence, strength, and empowerment as the most effective pathway to achieve social change.

We believe in open borders.

We believe in equality for women. Women’s rights are human rights.

We believe in solidarity, not charity. We believe we will be more effective in achieving our objectives by working collaboratively.

We are a fiercely independent organisation run by volunteers and supported solely by private donors.

We are entirely run by volunteers. We would not exist without like-minded individuals who’ve generously donated their time, energy and expertise, in solidarity with our cause.