Interpretation of the school’s mission
Through its work, Kvinnofolkhögskolan wants to improve and deepen democracy. The school’s starting point is that there exists a global oppression of women and that the discrimination of women is deeply rooted and present on all levels of society. A social change is necessary. Kvinnofolkhögskolan’s goal is a democratic society in which everyone participates in social and professional life on equal terms, regardless of sex.
Kvinnofolkhögskolan wants to contribute to women’s possibilities to influence and transform society. The school is to be an open meeting place and a forum for discussion for women with different backgrounds and life experiences from different parts of the world. The school is to fight discrimination and segregation by safeguarding diversity by being open for all, regardless of ethnicity, social class, age and sexuality.
Kvinnofolkhögskolan was granted independence as a school only for women. Thereby follows that the school’s own state grants can only be used for activities that are directed solely to women in order to, based on women’s experiences and on women’s terms, develop strategies that support women’s personal and individual development as well as social change. Activities financed through other means that are also directed toward men can be carried out if they are done so in cooperation with another organization and if there is an outspoken aim to integrate gender studies/politics in the course/seminar’s content.
To, in women’s groups, discuss, think about and analyze one’s own and other women’s situation is a good method to increase knowledge about and awareness of society’s gender power structure, release power and create room for action toward change. At Kvinnofolkhögskolan women can interpret, formulate and develop knowledge about gender theory based on personal experiences and in exchange with each other, current women’s research and social debate.
The school is to stimulate debate and difference of opinion, and be open to renewal of pedagogic working models in the spirit of popular education. To maintain and develop close contacts with the women’s movement in Sweden as well as internationally constitutes a foundation for the school’s work. The school’s forms for organization and work aims to aid everyone in taking common responsibility for all the school’s operations. The forms and content of operations are to take in account women’s different needs and interests. One of these needs is good childcare and consequently the school runs a kindergarten so that women who do not have access to childcare have the opportunity to study. Just like the school, the bases of the kindergarten are democracy, gender perspective and cultural diversity.