Advance Systemic Change

Across the world we are socialised from the day we are born with beliefs about our roles in society, our power or powerlessness and our rights, privileges and responsibilities. IWDA joins women’s rights organisations around the world in addressing equality, choice and freedom for individuals and communities. We are driving a transformation of the systems and structures, behaviours and attitudes that bring about discrimination and exclusion.

IWDA’s national and international partnerships generate new ideas and evidence to influence changes in the laws, rules, policies, structures or resource allocations of governments and workplaces. This research, policy and advocacy work engages individuals and communities, countries and coalitions in protecting and advancing the rights of women in all our diversities. We are deeply proud of our global research flagship, The Individual Deprivation Measure, which is revolutionizing the way we measure the lives of the most deprived.

IWDA is sincere in our contribution to achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. We will contribute in Australia, the region and the world to realising this global vision for people, planet and prosperity, but will hold our government and others accountable too.  We are committed to public engagement and collaboration everywhere we work. Our investments strengthen and promote dialogue and debate which leads to adaptation and reform for the greater good of all.

IWDA resources women’s rights organisations across the Asia and Pacific region and seeks support for our own organisation to bring collective strength and scale to tackling the political, social, cultural or economic barriers to genuine and lasting equality for all.

Our Goal

We will add value and expertise to Australian and international structural reforms that advance women’s rights and gender equality, and have a transformative impact on the causes of gender inequality.

Women’s Action for Voice and Empowerment (WAVE)

A partnership between sixteen diverse women’s organisations and IWDA, our WAVE program is a platform for unleashing the power of joint advocacy. It offers the potential to build solidarity between organisations, achieve greater reach, and power a movement working together to drive and demand change. Coming together for the first time in 2016, we explored priority issues among partners within countries facing vastly different challenges. This work forms the basis of our joint advocacy and research action plans over the next four years.

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We Rise Coalition

We Rise is a dynamic, learning Coalition, led by four independent and feminist organisations: Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM), FemLINKPACIFIC, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA) and IWDA.

The We Rise Coalition partners offer a unique range of skills and regional networks, while representing a breadth and depth of constituencies that gives visibility to stigmatised, marginalised and socially excluded women.

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were unanimously adopted in 2015 by the 193 member states of the United Nations. The SDG agenda now guides global investment in development and advocacy and sets the agenda for global growth until 2030. Gender equality is a stand-alone goal (Goal 5) and embedded in all other goals. IWDA is uniquely positioned to catalyse collaboration and progress for gender equality using our expertise, experiences and global networks.

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Our Partners for Change


Asisténsia Legál ba Feto no Labarik (ALFeLa) supports women and children in Timor-Leste to access a fair and formal justice system without discrimination through legal aid, legal education and advocacy.

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The Alola Foundation is a not-for-profit non-government organisation seeking to nurture women leaders and advocate for the rights of women.

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A Cambodian Women’s Network for Development bringing together grassroots women’s organisations to promote participation of women in politics and development platforms. We focus on Commune Councils for locally led women’s empowerment.

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Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei empowers vulnerable women to improve their political, economic and psychosocial situation through the implementation of community development projects, advocacy work and encouraging men’s participation in addressing issues affecting women. Our name, taken from a renowned 10th century Cambodian temple, means ‘Citadel of Women’.

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DIVA for Equality

Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA) are a feminist Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (LBT) collective, working on issues of human rights and social justice, including sexual reproductive and health rights, ecological justice and feminist social organising.

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Fiji Women's Rights Movement

Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) is a multiethnic and multicultural non-governmental organisation committed to removing discrimination against women through institutional reform and attitudinal change.

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Rainbow Community of Kampuchea

RoCK is a Cambodian non-government organisation dedicated to supporting LGBTIQ rights in Cambodia.

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United Sisterhood Alliance

United Sisterhood Alliance comprises of four separate institutions; Workers Information Centre (WIC), Messenger Band, Women’s Network for Unity (WNU), and Social Action for Change (SAC).

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Voice for Change

Voice for Change (VfC) is a women’s human rights organisation aiming to empower and mobilise rural women to take leadership in addressing gender-based violence and increasing women’s economic empowerment.

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West Are'Are Rokotanikeni Association

West ‘Are’Are Rokotanikeni Association (WARA) is an indigenous women’s savings organisation that is leading the way for women to manage their own finances, learn to budget for household items and save for their family’s futures.

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Wide Bay

Wide Bay Conservation Association (WBCA) is an association made up of clans from the Wide Bay area of East Pomio, New Britain. WBCA works to strengthen recognition of women as traditional custodians of the land, and as equal leaders in their communities.

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Women's League of Burma

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) is a federation of 13 ethnic women’s rights organisations, established in 1999. Its vision is a federal democratic union of Burma premised on genuine peace, social and political justice and gender and ethnic equality.

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Women's Rights Action Movement

Women’s Rights Action Movement (WRAM) is a non-government organisation of motivated women and men who believe in the cause for gender equality.

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ACFID Member

IWDA is a member of the Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID) Gender Equality Community of Practice.

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