Where We Work

IWDA has worked in partnership with over 195 women’s rights organisations and alliances across every continent except Antarctica since 1985.

Our focus is on working with and building networks to advance gender equality – whether locally in Australia, in the Asia Pacific Region, or the World.

We work in partnership with locally-based organisations in Asia Pacific. Being geographically close to our partners allows us to strengthen networks, share resources, sustain exchanges and support each other’s research and advocacy.

We build and strengthen alliances between women’s rights organisations across our region. We’re currently administering a regional program to support women’s leadership in the Pacific, the region with the lowest levels of women’s political participation in the world. In 2014, seeing the similarities between the issues facing women across the region, we brought women’s rights activists from six countries together to share knowledge, experiences and strategy – this is the WAVE program.

In addition to our program partnerships, we also collaborate on research and advocacy, actively contributing to national, regional and global networks and coalitions. By linking our program partnerships with research and advocacy initiatives, we create space for women’s voices to be heard and amplified.

Find out more about our work in Australia, the Asia Pacific Region and the World:

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IWDA was founded by three Australian women over 30 years ago in Melbourne. Since 1985 we have worked with grass roots and national organisations, State and Federal governments in Australia to advance and protect the rights of women locally, in our region and around the world.

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The Region

The Asia Pacific Region is our home. For over thirty years we’ve worked with local organisations across this expansive and diverse region. As we look ahead, women and girls in Asia Pacific face continued barriers to leadership and rights.

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The World

We work globally to advance and protect the rights of women and girls in all our diversities. We work with partners, governments and as part of coalitions and alliances to advance gender equality.

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Where we work