Where We Work

IWDA has worked in partnership with more than 200 women’s rights organisations and alliances across every continent except Antarctica since 1985.

Our focus is on working with and strengthening networks and movements to advance gender equality in Asia and the Pacific, as well as within Australia and more globally.

We work in partnership with local organisations in six countries across Asia and the Pacific. Our geographic proximity to our partners allows us to amplify voices, share resources, sustain exchanges, and support each other’s research and advocacy.

Our partnerships extend beyond our region – we know the power of global cooperation too. That’s why we’re also members of international coalitions that share our vision of gender equality for all.

In addition to our program partnerships, we collaborate on research and advocacy initiatives as well as on the development of new tools for global use, such as the Individual Deprivation Measure program. By actively contributing to national, regional, and global networks and coalitions, we create space for women’s voices to be heard and amplified.

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

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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