Where we work

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.

The research conducted by IWDA experts is evidence informed and evidence informing. We are currently working on the world’s first measure of deprivation at the individual level, enabling an intersectional and intrahousehold understanding of deprivation – the Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM). This measure will revolutionise our understanding of deprivation and support the global community to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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.


The Sustainable Development Goals & the Individual Deprivation Measure

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were unanimously adopted in 2015 by the 193 member states of the United Nations. The SDG agenda now guides global investment in development and advocacy and sets the agenda for global growth until 2030. Gender equality is a stand-alone goal (Goal 5) and embedded in all other goals. IWDA is uniquely positioned to catalyse collaboration and progress for gender equality using our expertise, experiences and global networks.

The Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) is a new, gender sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty. It has been developed to assess deprivation at the individual level and overcome the limitations of current approaches which measure poverty at the household level. The IDM will be ready for global use by 2020, and has already been identified as a key tool for policy makers trying to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Learn more about the Individual Deprivation Measure.

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