FST’s work falls within 4 thematic areas:
ENSURING GENDER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
improving governance, raising awareness about rights based approaches; redressing grievances and legally upholding and protecting rights of all citizens of the region; preserving identities and guaranteeing dignity for all especially of marginalized, and deprived groups including indigenous people and persons with disabilities; integrating all aspects of the right to life, particularly for vulnerable sections (women and children) by ensuring access to food, health, education and work; promoting tolerance and peace education; providing crisis interventions like shelter and sensitive counsel for conflict survivors; revitalizing existing shelters and safety mechanisms; documenting lives of vulnerable groups (women and children) affected by conflict; directly reducing violence against women; promoting gender equality; facilitating women’s participation in policy matters.
FOSTERING YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND ACTION
alternative and inclusive education and training programmes for young people to prepare them for success at the workplace; strengthening life skills , exploring creativity and contributing to positive thinking and leadership qualities; creating spaces to learn about advocacy, dialogue, exchange, networking and negotiating on issues faced by the youth.
ENHANCING NATURAL RESOURCES AND LINKED LIVELIHOODS
addressing environmental concerns like management and protection of natural resources; restoring ecological imbalances; innovating for new eco-friendly livelihoods, especially for women and youth through related skill building; engaging with corporate sector for discourse and action in areas like information & communication technology, business and knowledge processing, media & mass communication, hospitality, travel and eco- tourism, hotel management, horticulture, floriculture, food processing & preservation, indigenous cuisine etc.
PROMOTING REGIONAL ARTS AND CULTURE
using indigenous art & culture as tools of social transformation for larger audiences through performing arts, posters, films, folklore etc.; documentation and dissemination of new and traditional creative art forms and expressions; preserving and improving livelihoods of artists; involving audiences within and beyond the region and fostering regional solidarity and understanding.
FST is also committed to developing institutional capacity by deepening clarity on vision, mission and thematic areas; assisting and upgrading knowledge and skills in documentation, effective communication and improved management of organisations through short term programmes and workshops.