Advocates, Awareness and Promotion

On this page you will find links to organizations around the world that advocate for and bring awareness to the various issues that women face such as domestic violence, sexual violence, rape, political discrimination and equality, health education and equality,and basic human rights that women worldwide are fighting for. These organizations are on the front lines in the war on women.

You can contact these organizations to connect, support, donate and volunteer to add your voice with theirs for change.


International Organizations:

Association for Women in Development (AWID)
The organization aims at connecting, informing and mobilizing persons and organizations that work on gender equality, women’s human rights and sustainable development.

BRIDGE Gender and Development: BRIDGE Resources Website
Development-Gender (BRIDGE) is an information resource on gender mainstreaming in development.

Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
This is a legal advocacy organization that works on laws and regulations, which they believe are essential for protecting and advancing the reproductive rights of women.

Center for Women′s Global Leadership
The Center promotes the leadership of women and the advancement of feminist perspectives in policymaking processes in local, national, and international arenas.

Equality Now works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world. Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists since 1992, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support efforts to stop these abuses.

To contact Equality Now, visit You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter

The Gender Equality Architecture Reform Campaign (GEAR)
The GEAR Campaign invites civil society organizations and individuals from around the world to join the global campaign to create a strong new United Nations agency for women’s rights.

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
HREA provides Human Rights education resources to NGOs, governments, and associations alike.

Human Rights Watch – Women′s Rights Division
This is the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch. The group stands with victims to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, and to bring offenders to justice.

Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
The Institute of Development Studies is a leading global organization for research, teaching and communications on international development.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
IPPF links Family Planning Associations (FPAs) worldwide to promote women’s and men’s right to the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

International Women′s Health Coalition (IWHC)
IWHC works to generate health and population policies, programs, and funding that promote the rights and health of women, particularly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women’s organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education and other human rights. We provide resources and training to enable our sister organizations to meet these goals by addressing immediate needs in their communities and developing long-term solutions to the crises they face.

To contact Madre, visit You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Siyanda: Practitioner-focused Gender Mainstreaming Website
Siyanda is an on-line database of selected gender and development materials and an interactive forum for people who work on gender mainstreaming.

Women without Borders encourages women to take the lead in their personal and public lives.

Women without Borders invests in women from all over the world as they strive toward inclusion and participation in all levels of the decision-making process, and helps them to bring their talents and energies into the public arena. In November 2008 Women without Borders launched a new global campaign: SAVE–Sisters Against Violent Extremism, the first women’s counterterrorism platform. SAVE brings together women from across the globe: victims and survivors of terrorist attacks, activists, educators, policymakers and peace-building experts from Latin America, Africa, the US, Asia, the Middle East and Europe to create a new sisterhood and contribute to a safer and more secure world.
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Women′s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
WEDO is an international advocacy network that seeks to increase the power of women worldwide as policymakers in governance and in policymaking institutions.

Women′s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)
WGNRR is a worldwide network to promote and protect women′s reproductive rights.

Women′s Information Services: Mapping the World Database
This is a database where women’s organizations can be found listed by continent, language, type, country and name. Site also contains a search engine on women’s issues.

Women′s International Coalition for Economic Justice (WICEJ)
This is an international coalition that links gender with macroeconomic policy at international policymaking arenas from a human rights perspective.

WWWomen is an online resource for finding websites and sharing information and experiences related to women and motherhood.


United States of America



  • WISE (Organization for Women in Self Employment)
  • Africa Desk of the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) of IFOR (International Fellowship of Reconciliation)
  • IDW (Initiative for Disabled Women, Nigeria)
  • UWONET (Uganda Women’s Network)
  • Visionary Lady International (VLI)
  • Women’sNet (South African support for women activists using technology)
  • WOUGNET (Women of Uganda Network)
  • South African Council for Business Women (SACBW)






Al Nadim Center for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence
Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary 
Arab Organization for Human Rights 
Association of Development and Enhancement of Women In Egypt 

Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA) 

The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) 

Egyptian Center for the Human Rights of a Child

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights 

Human Rights Center for the Assistance of Prisoners 

Legal Research and Resource Center for Human Rights 

National Council For Women 

New Women Research Center 

The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights



New Zealand


United Kingdom

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