As on-site foreign legal practitioners are painfully aware, women are

often at the end of the line when it comes to access or allocation of

resources for development. Fortunately, the re-orientation of the world's

focus towards women's rights as human rights has begun to change that

state of affairs. Complementing this changing focus is the use of

collaborative strategies to pool scarce resources towards a common goal:

the equality of women.

The use of a collaborative strategic model in a women's human rights

project is often poorly understood and applied. This issue is vitally

important to the further advancement of women's human rights because

collaborative strategic models form the structure of an increasing number

of ambitious projects. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone involved

has a clear idea of what a collaborative strategic model is and how to use it


The questions to be addressed in this Note are: Will careful structuring

and maintenance of the project model help human rights advocates exploit

it to its fullest capacity? Can a lack of attention to these details contribute to

the failure of a project? What can be done to ensure that the model

functions at full capacity? Lastly, is the collaborative model the most

appropriate one for the implementation of women's human rights?

I will explore these questions in the context of the implementation of

women's human rights using a particular kind of collaborative strategic

project model that I affectionately call "collaborating with the enemy." My

perspective is that of a foreign legal practitioner who has been invited to

assist in the development and/or implementation of a project involving

women's human rights.