Promoting Systemic Change towards gender equality

In order to progress change towards gender equality for all, we must transform the structures that underpin inequality. These formal and informal structures include resources, laws and policies, norms and exclusionary practices, and individual consciousness.

IWDA contributes to systemic change through our own knowledge creation and advocacy which seeks to transform discourse on gender equality. We want to equip feminist movements and allies with the evidence they need to make change.

We’re committed to utilising our feminist voice and expertise to undertake advocacy in spaces where we have unique access and influence, in particular with the Australian Government.

As part of coalitions and feminist movements, we are contributing to powerful and transformative collective action.


IWDA Climate Change Policy Position Paper



IWDA Infrastructure Position Paper

Feminist Foreign Policy

Since 2014, Sweden, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain and Libya have adopted and declared feminist foreign policies. In doing so, all seven countries are embedding gender equality as the central purpose and key goals of their foreign policy commitments.

Appetite for this approach at a global level is growing and scholars and advocates have called for greater evidence and awareness of how and why these policies have come about. In response, IWDA implemented a multi-country qualitative research project, From Seeds to Roots: Trajectories towards Feminist Foreign Policy.

The research explores the factors that influence the declaration of feminist foreign policies as well as key debates and contested questions on the issue. It provides a strengthened evidence base to support advocacy for uptake of feminist foreign policies, and highlights areas for further enquiry.

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Imaging Feminist Futures after COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the flaws in our societies. From the patriarchal, capitalist, racist underpinnings of everyday life to the staggering inequalities within and between countries.

But this attention is also creating a new impetus for change. Arundhati Roy has called the pandemic a portal. We have the opportunity to effect once in a generation change, articulate alternative futures, and lay the groundwork for a new, feminist reality.

Imagining Feminist Futures After COVID-19 aims to support feminist movements to think through the ways in which the COVID-19 crisis is changing the future trajectories – both positive and negative – for feminist social change.

To take part, you can host a workshop with your organisation or networks to explore feminist futures in 2030 usinga new, adaptable methodology designed by Changeist with a consortium of feminist futurists.

Then, you can use the outcomes of your workshop to inform your own storytelling, advocacy and organising.


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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