We work globally to advance and protect the rights of women and girls in all our diversities. We support women from Asia and the Pacific to have a voice in the corridors of global power and ability to influence policy makers.

The world

Our experience shows that when women’s voices and experiences are heard at the global level, we have a better chance of challenging the varied and systemic barriers that hold women back.

IWDA is a member of various global organisations such as AWID and the Women Human Rights Defenders Forum. We attend key platforms such as the Commission on the Status of Women and the UN’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Understanding the experiences of diverse women through inclusive data is critical to achieving equality. Equality Insights, a flagship initiative of IWDA, 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. We believe that data plays an essential role in revealing inequalities and the barriers that sustain them.

Global movements are a powerful force for change and IWDA proudly joins with sister organisations to promote, march and raise our voices for collective global action on issues that affect women.


Global memberships and platforms

IWDA is a member of key global platforms, including AWID and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). Our membership of these forums is a key part of our work in ensuring diverse women have their voices heard at the global level. The research we conduct informs and supports the work of global alliance bodies working on a variety of issues from women, peace and security to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

We attend important global platforms such as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF). Attending these platforms enables us to bring an Australian perspective and support our partners in Asia and the Pacific to attend and voice their experiences and expertise on the global stage. The diverse representation of women at these global events is an important focus for IWDA. In the past we have funded or supported women from Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea to attend global platforms and share their knowledge with policy makers.

Where we work