What Is Feminism?

IWDA is a proudly feminist organisation.

Dictionary definitions tell us that feminism is:

“The belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way.” – Cambridge Dictionary

“The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” – Oxford Dictionary

To IWDA, feminism means taking action to advance our vision: a world where every woman and man, girl and boy has equal rights and opportunities.

IWDA actively contributes to transformative change. We recognise women’s agency and promote women as drivers of change, rather than passive recipients of charity.

Through our feminist approach, we understand that barriers to equality are complex and structural. We participate in program partnerships, research, policy and advocacy at national, regional and global levels to drive systemic changes that will alter the root causes of gender inequality.

Can men be feminists?

Anyone who believes in equality can be a feminist. IWDA works with and is supported by many male feminists. We like to imagine a world with 7 billion feminists. Will you join us?