METHODOLOGY

 

Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR)

 

It has been important for us to see that we are able to use and develop certain methodologies, and to produce knowledge. In other words, to learn that knowledge and producing knowledge are not an exclusive privilege of experts or wise people.
We want to invite you to learn about FPAR, the methodology we have chosen:
 
The Feminist Participatory Action – Research (FPAR) is a simultaneous process of inquiry that includes, simultaneously:
 
- Scientific research
- Formative processes
- Political action
 
FPAR methodology considers critical analysis, diagnosis of situations, as well as practice to be sources of knowledge. At the same time is a way to empower those women who take part of the research process. People who take part of this process are at the same time objects and subjects of research.
 
In the Border Woman project this methodology has allowed us to:
 
  • Empower the women who took part of the process.
  •  Provide new ways of future action to other women.
  • Avoid victimization.
  • Offer resources to women to develop projects, and to have social and political visibility and impact.
  • Engage in dialogue with different actors: academics and institutions (public, private and international).
  • Be visible and gaining social and professional recognition.
 
This process was also useful to break with stereotypes about trafficking, women and immigration:
  • We, migrant women, do not only act through our feelings, we are politically positioned.
  • Women who have suffered trafficking are not only victims but also transformative social agents.
  • We, migrant women, don’t need that others talks on our behalf.
  • Immigrant women or women who have suffered trafficking are not mere raw material for other social researchers; we are also capable of designing and conducting research processes.