Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is a dynamic network of people and organization around the world with a join goal to cause policy, institutional and individual change that will improve the lives of women and girls everywhere.

From the early 80ties, when the AWID was founded, the organization mission is "to connect, inform and mobilize people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights", on the base of shared values including openness to diversity, the respect to human rights, a woman’s right to choose, cooperation and responsibility.

The Strategic communications program is one of three main programmatic areas of AWID. This program aims to harness the expertise of AWID's membership and highlight their on-the-ground knowledge, experiences and views.

AWID also runs a thematic program, which is dedicated to new technologies. The Gender Equality and New Technologies program focus on the impact technologies, ranging from information and communication technologies, to agricultural and bio-technologies, on women’s rights. As the part of this program AWID develops analyses, frameworks and arguments that ensure technological change supports, rather than threatens, the drive towards gender equality.

In 2004 AWID launched the multi-year action-research initiative "Where is the Money for Women's Rights?" to gain a better understanding of funding trends for women's rights work and how best to expand the resource base for feminist movement and women's rights organizations. This initiative aims to achieve a significant increase in access to and amount of funding to support women's rights work, particularly of women's organizations and movements all over the world; and to improve the effectiveness of women's organizations to raise, absorb and use more funds to build stronger movements and advance women's rights globally.

The key activities of the initiative "Where is the Money for Women's Rights?" involves research and information dissemination, creating spaces for strategic dialogue between women's organizations and donors, advancement of advocacy work to influence donor´s policies and practices, and the development of capacity building tools. The research findings are published in a series of the Fundher Reports.

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