Promoting systemic change towards gender equality
In order to progress change towards gender equality for all, we must transform the structures that underpin inequality.
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 effect lasting 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.
Creating equitable South-North partnerships
IWDA is proud to commission new research led by Oceanic feminist researcher and storyteller ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki. Creating Equitable South-North Partnerships: Nurturing the Vā and Voyaging the Audacious Ocean Together explores the knowledge and experience of 35 Pacific women’s rights activists. The research captures, amplifies and represents their voices as they share perspectives on interacting with Global North organisations over the past three decades.
This ground-breaking and illuminating research calls for a paradigm shift and proposes a model for developing equitable partnerships and achieving empowered relationships. The research will guide IWDA’s practice going forward, particularly our efforts to decolonise our practice and become the best we can be in the world at north-south partnerships.
Feminist Foreign Policy
Feminist foreign policy is an approach which places gender equality as the central goal of foreign policy, in recognition that gender equality is a predictor of peaceful and flourishing societies. There are now 10 countries which have formally adopted feminist foreign policy: Sweden, France, Canada, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, Libya, Germany and the Netherlands.
In response to calls for greater evidence and awareness of how and why these policies have come about, 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.
The Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition, convened by IWDA, includes supporters of feminist foreign policy working across foreign policy, defence, security, women’s rights, international development and other related sectors.
An Australian feminist foreign policy would place gender equality as the central goal of foreign policy and be grounded in First Nations approaches and worldviews. It would be institutionalised across government and would be informed by, and accountable to, civil society, women’s rights organisations, and First Nations peoples from Australia, the Pacific and Asia.
Equality Insights is a gender-sensitive measure of poverty and flagship initiative of IWDA. The program is underpinned by twelve years of research and collaboration with multiple partners. The survey that underpins it asks individuals questions about many aspects of their life to better understand their unique circumstances. The results inspire and support targeted change.
By revealing the realities of those who are otherwise left invisible, Equality Insights provides an evidence base for policy-makers, women’s rights organisations and their communities and other advocates for equality and justice. This is a foundation for IWDA’s advocacy for, and contribution to, better gender data to achieve equality, rights, opportunities and freedom for individuals and communities. IWDA joins with women’s rights organisations, movements, and other advocates in working for the changes that will make this possible. Data plays an essential role in revealing inequalities and the barriers that sustain them.
Imagining 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 using a 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.