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ActionAid International

Founded in 1972, ActionAid has been fighting poverty worldwide for over 30 years. In 2003, ActionAid’s work reached almost 13 million people in Africa, Asia and the Americas. ActionAid started as a child sponsorship charity, with 88 UK supporters sponsoring 88 children in India and Kenya. Its focus was on providing children with an education.

During the first decade, ActionAid established long-term programmes in India, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and Gambia, and saw its first emergency work in Honduras and Bangladesh. Its work expanded to include long-term health, sanitation and agricultural projects that would improve living conditions for children and their families.

Address : ActionAid International
Postnet Suite 248 Private Bag X31 Saxonwold 2132
Johannesburg South Africa
Phone : +27 11 8800008
Fax : +27 11 8808082
Contact :
Website :

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

Founded in 1982, AWID is an international membership organization connecting, informing and mobilizing people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. Its goal is to cause policy, institutional and individual change that will improve the lives of women and girls everywhere. We do this by facilitating ongoing debates on fundamental and provocative issues as well as by building the individual and organizational capacities of those working for women’s empowerment and social justice. The organisation animates the website WHRnet.

Adresse : Toronto Secretariat (AWID also has offices in South Africa and Mexico) : 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 150, Toronto - Ontario M5T 2C7 - CANADA
Phone. : +1 416-594-3773
Fax : +1 416-594-0330
Email: awid AT

DAWN Africa

Created in 1984, DAWN is a network of women scholars and activists from the economic South who engage in feminist research and analysis of the global environment and are committed to working for economic justice, gender justice and democracy.

Email :
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Women’s Centre for Democracy and Human Rights is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organisation based in Subotica, Serbia and Montenegro, and founded in 2000. Its mission is to develop democratic society, rule of law and respect for human rights through education, advocacy and research. Our goals are:
- Development of democratic society based on human rights, gender equity and social justice;
- Elimination of discrimination of all kinds;
- Advancement of development and globalisation models and actions based on a human rights approach that facilitates equitable distribution of resources;
- Improvement of the economic and social positions of women and other marginalized groups in society and of their inclusion in politics and economic decision making at all levels; and
- Transformation of human rights and women’s rights issues into political issues.



Nirantar is a resource centre for Gender and Education set up in 1993. Nirantar works towards fulfilling its mandate of empowering women through education - by enabling access to information, promoting literacy and engendering education processes.
Nirantar seeks to achieve this through direct field interventions, creating educational resources, research and advocacy, and training.
Actively involved with the women’s movement and other democratic rights movements, Nirantar brings concerns central to these movements into its educational work.

Address: 4 B-64 Second Floor, Sarvodya Enclave, New Delhi 110017 - INDIA
Tel. : (91-11) 2-696-6334
Email : nirantar AT
Website :

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality. UNIFEM focuses its activities on four areas: (1) reducing feminized poverty, (2) ending violence against women, (3) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and (4) achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war.

Address : 04 East 45th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017, UNITED STATES
Phone: +1 212-906-6400
Fax: +1 212-906-6705

Women in Development Europe (WIDE)

WIDE is a European network of development NGOs, gender specialists and human rights activists. WIDE monitors and influences international economic and development policy and practice from a feminist perspective. WIDE’s work is grounded on women’s rights as the basis for the development of a more just and democratic world order. WIDE strives for a world based on gender equality and social justice that ensures equal rights for all, as well as equal access to resources and opportunities in all spheres of political, social and economic life.

Adresse : 10 rue de la Science
1000 Brussels - Belgium
Tél. : ++32-2-545.90.70
Fax : ++32-2-512.73.42
Courriel :
Site :

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

WIEGO is a global research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. It does so by highlighting the size, composition, characteristics, and contribution of the informal economy through improved statistics and research; by helping to strengthen member-based organizations informal workers; and by promoting policy dialogues and processes that include representatives of informal worker organizations. The common motivation for those who join the network is the relative lack of recognition, understanding, and support for the working poor in the informal economy, especially women, by policy makers, economic planners, and the international development community. WIEGO was established in 1997.

WIEGO Secretariat
Address : Harvard University 79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Phone: 1-617-496-1310
Fax: 1-617-496-2828

Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF)

WiLDAF is a pan-African network of organisations and individuals working in the area of women’s rights. It was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting and strengthening action-strategies that link law to the development and empowerment of women. WiLDAF has membership in thirty-one countries in Africa.

Address : 2 nd Floor Zambia House, Kwame Nkrumah, Box 4622 Harare - ZIMBABWE
Phone: 263-4-751189/752105
Fax: 263-4-781886
Email: msodzi AT

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLWM) (...)

Women Living Under Muslim Laws is an international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam.

For more than two decades WLUML has linked individual women and organisations. It now extends to more than 70 countries. It links:

- women living in countries or states where Islam is the state religion, secular states with Muslim majorities as well as those from Muslim communities governed by minority religious laws;
- women in secular states where political groups are demanding religious laws;
- women in migrant Muslim communities in Europe, the Americas, and around the world;
- non-Muslim women who may have Muslim laws applied to them directly or through their children;
- women born into Muslim communities/families who are automatically categorized as Muslim but may not define themselves as such, either because they are not believers or because they choose not to identify themselves in religious terms, preferring to prioritise other aspects of their identity such as political ideology, profession, sexual orientation or others.


Africa & Middle East Coordination Office
BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights
Address :PO Box 73630, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights was formally established in 1996 and is an organisation focusing on women’s legal rights under customary, statutory and religious laws in Nigeria.

Asia Coordination Office Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre
Address :PO Box 5192, Lahore, Pakistan
Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre (SG) was established in 1975 and is a non-hierarchical collective, which works towards women’s empowerment for social justice and social justice for women’s empowerment. SG focuses on law and status, and women and sustainable development (including reproductive rights). SG is a member of IUCN - The World Conservation Union and has consultative status with ECOSOC.

International Coordination Office
Address :PO Box 28445, London, N19 5NZ, UK
The International Coordination Office (ICO) has primary responsibility for ensuring that the relevant people in the Network are meeting, strategizing, planning and it assists in the implementation of the Plan of Action. ICO staff maintain regular contact and communication with the Regional Coordination Offices and share information, ideas, strategies and activities across the Network.

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