Women’s Safety & Security

From peace in the home to peace in the world, IWDA’s safety and security programs and alliances promote conflict resolution, violence prevention and a human focus on national and international security.

IWDA recognises the links between health, education, social services, housing stability, economic justice, land ownership and cultural sources of violence against women.

Through our program partnerships, advocacy, research and coalition work, we engage with Women Human Rights Defenders across the world. We advise national action planning committees and taskforces on women, peace and security approaches to armed conflict or conflict prevention.

IWDA supports local NGOs working at the frontlines of conflict, supporting their prevention and protection programs to support survivors of gender based violence.

The IWDA Research team generates research and evidence on effective policy and resourcing to ensure a stronger gender perspective is active in government plans and programs around Asia Pacific and Australia. Women’s leadership and participation in safety and security planning and management is vital for a world at peace.

Our Goal

Women and girls will live free from gender-based violence. They will play powerful roles in peace building and national security.

Our impact in 2016


People were involved in individual or community level safety and security services and programs


Women survivors of violence received counselling and other services


Women are now able to assert their rights after receiving training and information on gender issues

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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Banteay Srei

This Cambodian women’s organisation is there for survivors of gender-based violence who often have no-one else to turn to. Providing shelter, legal support and counselling, Banteay Srei is helping women reclaim their lives and learn more about their rights. They’re also working to overcome the harmful beliefs and practices leading to violence, running community-wide rights awareness training and helping bring perpetrators to justice.

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Christian Care Centre

The Christian Care Centre’s goal is to address violence against women and girls in the Solomon Islands by providing a safe house and pastoral care for women and children who have experienced violence.

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Eastern Highlands Family Voice

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, gender violence rates in some areas have reached 100%. Our partner Eastern Highlands Family Voice is responding to the crisis, providing counselling and legal support to women and girl survivors. They also run women’s rights awareness and advocacy programs, and offer community mediation and conflict resolution to help transform the culture of violence.

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Family Support Centre

Family Support Centre (FSC) is the first and the only secular organisation providing counselling and legal support services to survivors of gender-based violence, and the first to take the lead in organising national campaigns to address violence against women

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femLINK Pacific

femLINKPacific (FemLINK) is a feminist media and broadcasting organisation, established in September 2000.

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Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation

Changing the culture of gender violence means challenging the beliefs and traditions that see women viewed as inferior. That’s why Women’s Human Rights Defenders in Bougainville are promoting shared power and decision making between men and women, helping to shift power relations to prevent gender violence. They’re also working with government and community to lead effective, holistic responses to family and sexual violence.

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The Ta’ang Women’s Organisation

The Ta’ang Women’s Organisation (TWO) provides safety and security to women and girl survivors of gender violence and human trafficking. Women at the crisis centre can access legal advice and support to prosecute perpetrators of violence and trafficking. They’re also offered ongoing counselling and skills training to help rebuild their lives.

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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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Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security

IWDA plays a leading role on the Steering Group of the Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security. This Steering Group supports the Government to successfully implement the National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security, and has improved coordination and joint advocacy across a number of peace and security issues including violence against women and children in South Sudan, and human rights monitoring in Myanmar.

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Australian Women Against Violence Alliance

IWDA is a member of the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance.

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