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Women's Organisations


a non-governmental development organisation founded in 1991 by African women for the purpose of harnessing resources to benefit of African people. The main focus of the work is on training, providing information and advice on mobilising resources towards sustainable development in Africa. The webpage includes a programme introduction, publications, GAP matters etc.


The Africa regional programme of APC's Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP). APC-Africa-Women gathers and works together with women and women's organizations in Africa and all over the world, focusing on African women's empowerment through Information Facilitation, Regional Support, Policy and Advocacy, Training and Research in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

The work of APC-Africa-Women is featured on the these Websites:
Flame/Flamme - A network of African sisters online committed to strengthening the capacity of women through the use of ICTs to lobby, advocate and participate in the Beijing +5 process regionally and globally. This is a bilingual English/French resource.
Women'sNet, South Africa
Famafrique - An information and resource space for French speaking African Women working for sustainable development.


The African Gender Institute (AGI), South Africa
The AGI's Mission is to build intellectual capacity and establishing an African resource dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of intellectuals, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners committed to the attainment of gender equity. The website provides information about programmes and projects, newsletters, papers and reports and current AGI events.


African Women Global Network (AWOGNet), USA,
AWOGNet is concerned with networking of women’s organisations in Africa concerned with the improvement of living conditions of women and children. African Women Global Network (AWOGNet) is a global organization that networks all men and women, organizations, institutions and indigenous national organizations within Africa, whose activities are targeted towards the improvement of the living conditions of women and children in Africa.


ALAI (Agencia Latinoamericana de Información), Ecuador
a communication initiative for feminist movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. Their women's program actively promotes the right to communicate, and a gender focus in communication. ALAI drew up proposals on communications for the 4th World Conference on Women and, in concertation with other organizations, contributed to the chapter on Women and the Media of the Beijing Platform for Action. The website gathers documentary material on these issues, in Spanish, English and French.


Association for Progressive Communications (APC), UK
Women’s Networking Support Programme 
a global computer network for social change. It facilitates training and information and hosts a list of around 150 women’s initiatives working with the Net. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is the world’s most extensive network of Internet providers dedicated to serving non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and citizen activists. APC member networks offer a wide range of services and support to link people, issues, resources and tools for action.


FREE Political ‘Web-zine’, which comes out monthly, covering women’s news globally, including action campaigns. It offers listings of 1000s of Women’s: Groups/ Courses/ Resources/ Events and more.


Beijing '95


Canadian Women’s Health Network
Practical information about women’s health and advocacy for discriminated women through race, age, religion, language etc. The CWHN is committed to building regional and national links among organizations and individuals who care about women's health by, for example, providing easier access to health information, resources and research, promoting and developing links to information and action Networks and providing forums for critical debate.


Connected, Switzerland
General development page with a section on women and the Internet. The page offers a mailing list, press relations, various articles about topics and the Dialogue Handbook which provide logistical support to groups of citizens who wish to use the Internet.


CSD NGO Women's Caucus Position Papers: Finance & Trade
Effects of Structural Adjustment on Women and the Poor
From Access to Empowerment: Gender Issues in Micro-Finance


The European Women's Lobby (EWL)
The largest co-ordinating body of national and European non-governmental women's organisations in the European Union, with over 2,700 member associations in the 15 Member States. The EWL's goal is to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to serve as a link between political decision-makers and women's organisations, who represent the majority in civil society. The website is to providing news, information about projects and useful links to other webpages.


Feminist Majority Foundation (U.S.)
Fosters world-wide political campaigns, for instance about the situation in Afghanistan or ‘women’s budgets’. Provides valuable links to other organisations, feminist news, a feminist online store, a feminist research center events and more.


Networking of African women’s organisation to monitor Beijing follow-up in development practice - to strengthen the role and contribution of African NGOs concerned with women's development, to create a channel through which these NGOs can reach each other and share ideas, knowledge and experiences, to maintain close working relationships and foster partnership directly or indirectly with governments, UN agencies, the OAU and other bodies and to publicize the Network's activities and services through publications, awards, exhibitions and the mass media.


Gender, Science and Development Program (GSD)
International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study, engages in research and facilitates networking around selected international gender, science and technology issues. The site offers publications and an international Gender, Science and Technology Information Map.
The Global Fund for Women
a non-endowed foundation and rely on the annual support of many generous individuals, foundations, and corporations. The fund makes grants to seed, support, and strengthen women's rights groups around the world. One can find network news, programs and links such as "Feminist Resources" on the webpage.
The GREAT Network Archives 
The GREAT Network bridges the divides between Gender and Development researchers and development practitioners, and between individuals at dispersed institutions; disseminates research results to development agencies and academics; informs subscribers of relevant debates and information on the Web; manages topical debates; keeps members up-to-date with job advertisements, journal and conference calls and so on.
Huairou Commission


International Information Centre and Archives for the Women’s Movement (IIAV), Netherlands
Women’s (not only!) academic resource centre, providing information on the position of women and women's studies. It offers a wide collection of books, periodicals, dossiers, archives and more.
International Center for Research on Women, USA
a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting social and economic development, gender research and advocacy. It provides publications, development links, a grants progarm (PROWID) in partnership with CEDPA and more.


International Women's Tribune Center- New York, USA
The International Women's Tribune Centre (IWTC) is an international non-governmental organization set up in response to demands for information and resources from many of the more than 8,000 women who participated in the United Nations International Women's Year (IWY) World Conference and the non-governmental IWY Tribune in Mexico City, 1975. For the last 20 years, IWTC has played an important role as a major information, education, communication, networking, technical assistance and training resource for women worldwide. Today, IWTC continues as a networking and information clearinghouse for some 25,000 women and women's groups in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean and the Middle East


Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa)
General public interest organisation, involved in democratisation process in SA, hosts information of the ‘Women’s Budget Initiative’ (WBI). It offers publications, a political quarterly magazine (Siyaya), Idasa books and events.
The Institute for Global Communications (IGC), USA  
IGC and its APC members have been the primary information and communications service provider at UN world conferences. IGC Internet offers a unique starting point for politically progressive individuals/organizations to explore the Internet. Also features automated web tools for publicizing events and calendars, action alerts and information about volunteering and employment in the progressive nonprofit sector. Offers Peacenet, Econet, Labornet and Womensnet.


IGC Womensnet
IGC's newest network. Support of women’s organisations world-wide by providing and adapting telecommunications. Information on women’s political activities.

Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC), USA,
affiliated with the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. It facilitates access to Internet-based information on, from, or about Latin America and provides an academic database with section on women’s issues in Latin America Academic database with section on women’s issues in Latin America. LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 12,000 unique URL's, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet.
LIFE - FrauenUmweltNetz (in German)


Once and Future Action Network (OFAN), Canada
an international consortium of gender, science and technology organisations which calls attention to women's contribution to people-centred and environmentally sustainable approaches to science and technology. The website provides the conference declaration, a framework for action and daily news reports and press releases.

OneWorld News Service - Gender

SID-Women in Development (SID-WID)
The SID-Women in Development (SID-WID) network is an energetic group of SID members and associates from civil society, the donor community, academia and activists from the North, South and East.


Linking up: Reviews +5
SID-WID wishes to play an active role in the Review process and, in collaboration with Vrouwenberaad, a Dutch network of gender experts working on international cooperation and WIDE, Women in Development Europe, a European network working in gender issues, has been asked to co-organise WIDE Annual Conference "Linking up: Reviews+5. Cairo, Copenhagen and Beijing towards 2000" to be held in The Netherlands on 28-29 May, 1999.


South Asian Women’s NETwork (SAWNET), Canada  
Network with associated mailing list, run by Asian women on a voluntary basis.


Synergy Gender and Development, Senegal
African partner organisation to the APC Women’s Network Support Programme.


United Nations Environment and Development UK Committee (UNED-UK)
Stakeholder Toolkit for Women
A web-site covering all UN Summit and Conferences since 1992. Providing UN documents, NGO documents, and tools like networking opportunities, links, schedules, etc.


United Kingdom Women's National Commission, WNC UK
the official, independent, advisory body giving the views of women to the Government. It is the only organisation of this kind in the UK. It ensures that women's views are taken into account by the Government and are heard in public debate. On the website there is information on Beijing+5, UK links and world links to related websites and publications can be found.
Virtual Sisterhood
a global women's electronic support network, is dedicated to strengthening and magnifying the impact of feminist organizing through promotion of electronic communications use within the global women's movement. The website provides an electronic conference and mailing list for women activists, a sampler of women's online resources, a global directory of women's organisations and electronic communication and more.
W.I.S.D.O.M. – Women’s Internet Site Development and On-line Mentoring, Australia  
Skill enhancement for women in the use of Internet resources.
a project of the International Women's Tribune Centre to market and distribute books on women and development worldwide. It includes 250+ titles from publishers all over the world, and is the exclusive distributor of publications from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). The website features a catalogue of available books.
Women in the Middle East
index of useful Net resources about women's economic, social and political situation in the Middle East (over 150 web sites).

This site features the text of the Action Agenda of the World Women's Congress, from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), presenting for a Healthy Planet held in Miami, Florida, November 8-12, 1991. This conference was in preparation for the Rio Conference in 1992. Includes actions on land and food security, environment, biodiversity and biotechnology. 

Women-Connect-Asia Website
a website for women in Asia that also provides a searchable database to help women in Asia and beyond to connect. The website offers women free registration and a listing for their company. 


Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO)
a global organization working to increase women's visibility, roles and leadership in public policy-making through peace, gender, human rights, environmental and economic justice campaigns; through advocacy nationally, regionally, at the United Nations and in international financial institutions; and through local actions. The website offers, for example, information about women and environment, women and the global economy as well as job opportunities and newsletters.
Wedo Primer Women & Trade
November 1999

A Gender Agenda for the World Trade Organization
1. Mandate inclusion of women and gender in economic decision-making and governance
2. Strengthen women's capacity to attain economic equity
3. Protect women's control over their health and safety
4. Prevent TNC exploitation of women's indigenous knowledge and plant genetic resources

Women's Human Rights Database Group: DIANA at the University of Toronto


Women's Feature Service, USA
a news-feature service that reports from 40 countries in all regions of the world. WFS's network of women journalists produces approximately 400 articles a year, written from a women's perspective, with a special focus on developing countries. The entire WFS feed of six features per week is available through an E-mail subscription. Every week all the WFS articles are compiled into a Weekly Digest and sent via e-mail (not a free service) to your Internet address. One current WFS article and summaries of all other WFS features are posted weekly in the conference "wfs.english" on the APC networks.

Women in Global Science and Technology (WIGSAT), Canada
supports global networking on critical issues in science and technology for development. This includes women’s formal and nonformal science and technology practices around the world, for policy advocacy and action which promotes their S&T contributions to sustainable development. The website provides an International Bibliography on Gender, Science and Technology, publications, the Once and Future Action Network (OFAN) and more.

The Women Leaders’ Network (WLN)
Promotion of gender perspectives into APEC (Asia Pacific Cooperation)

Women’s Net, South Africa  
Training programmes for South African women in the use of Internet resources, facilitation of access and practical information for women already using the Net. Also provides a large compilation of links.

Working Women’s Forum - India
initiated in 1978 with a membership of 800 women, Working Women's Forum (India) is a mass movement of over 4,50,000 poor women workers engaged in 167 different occupations spread over 15 cultural contexts organised into neighbourhood groups of 8 to 10 members. Reversing the oppressions of caste, class and gender, the WWF is a Counter Culture by the poor women of India.

Yokohama Women's Association for Communication & Networking, Japan
Information for community practitioners in practical issues



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