International Women’s Development Agency is the only Australian development agency entirely focused on gender equality and women’s rights in Asia and the Pacific.
IWDA’s vision is for a just, equitable and sustainable world where women enjoy the full range of human rights, where women and men interact with dignity and respect, and where women have an effective voice in economic, cultural, civil and political structures.
IWDA works in partnership with women’s groups and through advocacy to create empowering and transformative change for women. Our pursuit of gender equality is focused on thematic priorities that directly address women’s rights:
- Civil and political participation
- Safety and security
- Economic empowerment
- Sustainable livelihoods and
natural resource management
- Gender equality and empowerment of women
- Respect and diversity
- Partnership and collaboration
- Ethics and accountability
We are deeply connected with the global women’s movement and the feminist history that informed the foundation of our organisation in 1985. IWDA has consistently worked to catalyse and accelerate change in our region through local, national and international partnerships, alliances and networks.
As a secular, not for profit agency, we work within a Gender and Development framework, seeking to promote respectful relationships between men and women at all levels of society. We promote the rights of women as enshrined in key international conventions and resolutions.