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IWDA volunteers Sarah Zadeh and Sandra Leong volunteering at the Australian Education Union - Victoria conference

IWDA volunteers Sarah Zadeh and Sandra Leong volunteering at the Australian Education Union – Victoria conference.

IWDA is committed to making volunteering a positive, engaging and learning experience. We treasure and highly value the contribution of volunteers and interns in supporting IWDA to reach our goals and strategic objectives. IWDA’s volunteer and intern program expresses the agency’s commitment to non-exploitation of unpaid workers by challenging the traditional privileging of paid work and making visible and valuable women’s labour in all aspects of our lives.

IWDA is the only Australian development agency entirely focused on gender equality and women’s rights. We are deeply connected with the global women’s movement and the feminist history that informed the foundation of our organisation in 1985. It is in this context that IWDA is committed to making local positions for staff, volunteers or interns available to women only. We see our volunteer and intern program as a training opportunity or workplace entry point for young women looking to get involved in international development. Our programs and partnerships tackle the historical boundaries to gender equality in development and our workplace embraces a culture that brings opportunities for women to work with women for women. Our commitment to the advancement of women is supported by our exemption from provisions in the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1995 which enables us to advertise for and employ only females in all positions within the agency. IWDA adheres to the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement in Not-for-Profit Organisations and complies with the Volunteering Australia definition, principle and model code of practice for involving volunteers.

IWDA staff and volunteers

IWDA staff and volunteers took an excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria during National Volunteer Week 2013.

Our volunteers are active in so many ways, including: events; policy and research; training and materials development; public education forums; information and communications technology (ICT); publications and advocacy; data coordination; and donor and supporters administration. We warmly celebrate volunteers’ contributions every year during National Volunteer Week and International Volunteer Day.

Why Volunteer with IWDA

  • Work with the only organisation in Australia focused entirely on gender equality
  • Gain valuable experience in the international development sector
  • Work with other women who are passionate about women’s rights
  • Meet our partners and colleagues from around the world
  • See how an Australian NGO works
  • Participate in actions that strengthen the global women’s movement

Types of Volunteers

Please note that all IWDA volunteer and intern positions are based within Australia.

Volunteers – Come into the office on a weekly basis to assist with the general functions of the organisation
Interns – Work on a specific project which can be used to gain credit for university studies
Casual volunteers – come in on an ad-hoc basis to assist with logistical tasks
Events volunteers – Assist with a variety of tasks associated with IWDA events. These are usually held out of office hours
Remote volunteers – work from home in various areas including promotions, editing and research.

For all available volunteer and intern positions please see the Positions Vacant section of the website.

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