ANNUAL REPORT 2016

PURPOSE AND VISION

International Women’s Development Agency will advance and protect the rights of diverse women and girls. We do this with a clear vision that one day we will achieve gender equality, for all.

OVER THE LAST YEAR...

IWDA has become a strong voice in Australia, in the region and throughout the world.

Our research, policy and advocacy has influenced transformative and systemic change for women.

Our programs have expanded and diversified, and we have joined significant and influential new coalitions.

WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH POWERFUL AND INFLUENTIAL PARTNERSHIPS AND COALITIONS THROUGHOUT ASIA PACIFIC AND THE WORLD.

This year...

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Women across the Asia Pacific region have taken part in leadership training.
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Women participated in economic empowerment programs, increasing their financial decision-making in their households and communities.
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Women and men have been trained, counselled or supported by safety and security services and programs.

A Message from our Chair

Kirsten ManderThis past year has been one of unprecedented growth for IWDA, as we transformed our long established partnerships in the Asia Pacific region into multi-country, multi-year programs.

Thanks to our supporters and significant investments committed this year by the Australian and Netherlands Governments we have commenced work on a number of exciting long term gender equality initiatives, such as the Women’s Action for Voice and Empowerment program, which aims to increase women’s participation and leadership in politics and public administration and reduce violence against women.

IWDA’s flagship research program, the Individual Deprivation Measure, also took a significant step forward this year with a grant from the Australian Aid Program to continue our work with the Australian National University to create a new, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty, ready for global use by 2020.

These programs are being guided by our new 5-year Strategic Plan, developed this year after extensive analysis and consultation with our partners, supporters and others. The plan addresses the changing nature of poverty and development challenges which are increasingly transnational in scope and impacted by factors such as demographic shifts, conflict and technological transformation.

We have high aspirations to achieve transformational change at a local, national and global policy level. We are proud of what we have achieved to date and excited by the opportunities in front of us to contribute further to the development of constructive, effective solutions to gender inequality.

I would like to thank our CEO Joanna Hayter and the amazing IWDA staff for their dedication and expertise through an extremely busy and formative year. I would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution and support of my fellow directors in my first year as Chair. Finally, to our partners, funders and supporters – thank you for your outstanding commitment to our work. Without you, our shared vision and actions for gender equality would not be possible.

Kirsten Mander

OUR SUPPORTERS DONATED

1500000
Total raised by the Australian Community in 2016
2500
Total number of donors
50000
Total number of supporters sharing IWDA’s vision and purpose
Thank You

We couldn’t have done this without our program partners across the Asia Pacific, and our 50,000+ supporters who believe in achieving global gender equality.

OUR SUPPORTERS DONATED

1500000
Total Raised in 2016
2500
Total number of donors
50000
Total number of supporters sharing IWDA’s vision and purpose
Thank You

We couldn’t have done this without our program partners across the Asia Pacific, and our 50,000+ supporters who believe in achieving global gender equality.

A word from our supporters

We appreciate the hundreds of letters and notes from supporters
who are passionate about women’s rights and gender equality.