Global Women's Leadership Organizations

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Association for Women’s Rights in Development
AWID is a dynamic network of women and men around the world and is committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights.

Contact: 215 Spadina Ave., Suite 150, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2C7, Canada;; 416-594-3773

BRIDGE supports the needs of policy makers, practitioners, advocates and researchers in bridging the gaps between gender theory, policy and practice to make gender equality happen. BRIDGE targets both gender and non-gender specialists in an effort to ensure gender is central to all development thinking and practice, and to inspire transformation in attitudes, policies and legislation.

Contact: BRIDGE, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9RE, UK;; +44-127360-6261

Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) is a non-profit organization that works in developing nations to increase educational opportunities for girls and youth, ensure access to reproductive health and HIV/AIDS information, and strengthen women’s ability to become leaders in their communities and nations.

Contact: 1255 23rd St NW Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20037; 202-617-2300

Global Database of Quotas for Women
Global Database of Quotas for Women is a joint project of International IDEA and Stockholm University. This website provides information on the various types of quotas existing today, detailing the percentages and targets in countries where they are applicable.


International Center for Research on Women
ICRW’s mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world by working with partners across the globe to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.

Contact: 1120 20th St. NW, Suite 500 North, Washington, DC 20036, USA;; 202-797-0007

International Development Law Organization
The only inter-governmental organization with an exclusive mandate to promote the rule of law, IDLO enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity.

Contact: Viale Vaticano, 106 00165 Rome, Italy;; 212-867-9707

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization committed to promoting sustainable democracy worldwide. Among their fields of research, IDEA produces comparative knowledge on democracy as it relates to gender, diversity, and conflict and security.

Contact: Strömsborg, SE-103 34 Stockholm, Sweden;; 212-286-1084

International Republican Institute
The International Republican institute is a non-partisan organization based in the United States that aims to encourage and improve democracy worldwide. Its women empowerment initiative works to connect women around the world, devlop wmen’s leadership skills, strengthens the ability of women to compete in elections, and increases the role of women in peace and security initiatives.

Contact: 1225 I Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; 202-408-9450;

International Women’s Democracy Center
Working in partnership with established NGOs and recognized community leaders around the world, IWDC provides the necessary training for women to increase their participation in local, state, and national politics, policy and decision-making.

Contact: 1726 M St. NW, 
Suite 1100, 
Washington, DC 20036, USA;; 202-530-0563

International Women’s Tribune Centre
The International Women’s Tribune Centre (IWTC) is an international non-governmental organization that provides communication, information, education, and organizing support services to women’s organizations and community groups working to improve the lives of women in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Western Asia.

Contact: 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA; 212-687-8633;

Inter-Parliamentary Union
The IPU is the international organization of Parliaments. The Union is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.

Contact: Inter-Parliamentary Union, 5, chemin du Pommier, Case postale 330, CH-1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland;; 212-557-5880

MADRE is an international women’s rights organization that works in partnerships with women at local, regional and international levels to address health and reproductive rights, economic development, education and other human rights.

Contact: 121 West 27th St., #301, New York, NY 10001, USA;; 212-627-0444

McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm that has offered pro bono assistance to WPSP delegates in a number of areas of legislative and policy drafting:

  • A comparative analysis of French, German or Italian law
  • U.S. and international tax expertise to assist tax authorities in developing/emerging economies in Africa
  • Energy and regulatory law involving carbon credits or other environment law issues
  • Antitrust implementation issues
  • Policymaking in human trafficking
  • The right of women and children to equal citizenship

Contact: Those delegates who seek assistance in the following areas should get in touch with the Director of the WPSP, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, who will connect them with lawyers at McDermott.

National Democratic Institute
The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in the United States that works to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI helps women acquire the tools necessary to participate successfully in all aspects of the political process.

Contact: 455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20001; 202-728-5500

Peace Women Project
The Peace Women Project promotes the role of women in preventing conflict, and the equal and full participation of women in all efforts to create and maintain international peace and security.

Contact: Peace Women Project, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, UN Office, 777 United Nations Plaza, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA;; 202-682-1265

Vital Voices
Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

Contact: 1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 300;

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
This website contains information on women leaders around the world, from as far back as the records will allow, including women Heads of State since 3000 B.C.


Womankind Worldwide
Womankind Worldwide partners with local organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America that challenge discrimination and violence. The organization aims to enable women to understand their legal rights and ultimately improve their lives.

Contact: Development House, 2nd Floor, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT, United Kingdom;; +44-207549-0360

Women for Women International
Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.

Contact: 2000 M St., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036;; 202-737-7705

Women in Parliaments
The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is the global network of female Parliamentarians at national level. It is an independent, international and post-partisan foundation established with the purpose of advancing society by building a network between Women in Parliaments.

Contact: Poststrasse 17, Postfach 1944, CH-9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland;; +32 27 33 13 44

Women Living Under Muslim Law
Women Living Under Muslim Laws is an international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam.

Contact: PO Box 28445, London, N19 5NZ, UK;

Women’s Campaign International
Women’s Campaign International (WCI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing the participation of women in political and democratic processes worldwide. WCI’s mission is to increase the number of female elected officials throughout the world, ensure their effectiveness once elected and build the capacity of local organizations working on women’s issues.

Contact: 3701 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104;; 215-387-2601

The Women’s Democracy Network
WDN was established in March 2006 in response to a growing interest for networking, mentorship, and training among women in countries that had recently transitioned to democracy. The Network aims to increase women’s political participation, leadership and representation in elected office.

Contact: 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005, USA;; 202-408-9450

Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) is an international organization that advocates for women’s equality in global policy. It seeks to empower women as decision-makers to achieve economic, social and gender justice, a healthy, peaceful planet and human rights for all.

Contact: 355 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017; 212-973-0325;

Women’s Learning Partnership
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) is dedicated to women's leadership and empowerment. At its essence, WLP is a builder of networks, working with 20 autonomous and independent partner organizations in the Global South, particularly in Muslim-majority societies, to empower women to transform their families, communities, and societies.

Contact: 4343 Montgomery Ave, Suite 201, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-654-2774;

Women Waging Peace Network
WWPN believes sustainable peace is possible only when those who shape policy include women and other affected groups in the prevention and transformation of violent conflict. Through networking, research and recommendations, WWPN aims to increase involvement of women in preventing, resolving and rebuilding after conflicts.

Contact: 1615 M Street NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC; 625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA;; 202-403-2000

UN Women
The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It is a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.

Contact: 304 East 45th St., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA;; 646-781-4400

Zonta International
Zonta International is an organization with a variety of members, mainly women, who aim to improve the legal, professional, political and economic status of women throughout the world.

Contact: 1211 West 22nd Street, Suite 900, Oak Brook, IL 60523; 630-928-1400;