[Partner Update] Introducing New Partner – International Women’s Development Agency

June 26, 2012  |  News, Partner Update  |  Share

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) is the only Australian development organisation entirely focused on women’s rights and gender equality. IWDA’s vision is for a just, equitable and sustainable world where women have a powerful voice in economic, cultural, civil and political participation.

IWDA is secular, not-for-profit and works in partnership to create positive change and has been supporting women in Asia and the Pacific region since its inception in 1985.

We are dedicated to the empowerment of local women so that we can create space for women’s voices to be heard and amplified through networking, capacity-building and collaborative partnerships.

From a safe house in Cambodia, to a leadership school on the Thai Burma border, to training in business skills in Fiji and to women’s saving clubs in the Solomon Islands, our work transforms women’s lives.

As an example, we support our partner, Karen Women Organisation, in the Thai Burma border area to provide higher education and skills development for women aged 18 to 25 years. For many refugee women, education opportunities have been limited and cut short, and the Karen Young Women’s Leadership School (KYWLS) empowers and provides skills to young refugee Karen women who want to work within the refugee communities on the Thai Burma border.

Tharamu Hsa Gay, a KWO leader and a graduate of the KYWLS, said of her fellow-graduates: “They are outstanding and very confident to speak in front of people… KYWLS is one of the best ways to empower more young women to work for the community.”

Our work also helps communities. Be part of it!

  • Support: donate, add IWDA to your Workplace Giving list, fundraise for us by taking part in running events like Run Melbourne and City to Surf, buy a gift from our Gifts of Change catalogue, leave a gift in your will
  • Get involved: organise an event, volunteer, celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March and come to our Half the Sky concert
  • Keep in touch: sign up to receive our e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Your support enables IWDA to continue working in collaboration with our partners across Asia and the Pacific to build women’s capabilities and strengths in leadership, advocacy and research.

If you would like to read more stories or to support us, visit: iwda.org.au 

PHOTO CAPTION: Students from the Karen Young Women’s Leadership School on the Thai Burma border. Photo: Angela Wylie, The Age for IWDA


IWDA is now part of our network Australian organisations doing vital work for social justice and the environment.

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