Association for Women's Rights in Development

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Association for Women's Rights in Development
Association for Women's Rights in Development (logo).png
Type Non-profit
Key people
Hakima Abbas, Cindy Clark (Co-Executive Directors), Myrna Cunningham Kain (President)

The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), formerly the Association for Women in Development, is an international, feminist, membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights established in 1982. A dynamic network of women and men around the world, AWID members are researchers, academics, students, educators, activists, business people, policy-makers, development practitioners, funders, and more. The former Executive Director of AWID was Lydia Alpízar Durán, with Myrna Cunningham Kain as Board President.[1] Since 2016 the organisation has been led by Hakima Abbas and Cindy Clark as Co-Executive Directors, with American feminist author Charlotte Bunch joining as Board President.[1][2] Formerly headquartered in Washington D.C., the organization now has offices in Toronto, Mexico City and Cape Town and staff working across the globe.

AWID works on issues of gender justice and women's human rights worldwide through supporting women's rights advocates, organizations and movements.[3] The organisation has been focusing its work around five priority areas: Resourcing Women's Rights, Economic Justice, Challenging Religious Fundamentalism, Women Human Rights Defenders, Young Feminist Activism.[4]The organisation has a global membership, with over 5000 members, both individual and institutional, coming from 164 countries.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Goodbye from Lydia". 16 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Our Board of Directors".
  3. ^ "AWID". openDemocracy. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  4. ^ "Our Priority Areas". AWID. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions".

External links

  • Official site
  • AWID Young Feminist Wire site
  • Media related to AWID 2016 at Wikimedia Commons
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