International Alliance of Women (IAW)

Alliance internationale des femmes (AIF)
Alianza Internacional de Mujeres
Internationaler Frauen-Verband

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Feb 1902, Washington DC (USA), under the inspiration of Susan Anthony, Elisabeth Stanton and Carrie Chapmann Cat, as International Alliance of Women for Suffrage and Legal Citizenship -- Alliance internationale pour le suffrage et l'action civique et politique des femmes. At 2nd meeting, 3-4 June 1904, Berlin (Germany), formally constituted under the name International Woman Suffrage Alliance -- Alliance internationale pour le suffrage des femmes, also known as International Suffrage Alliance. Congress of 1926, Paris (France), changed name to International Alliance of Women for Suffrage and Equal Citizenship. Present name adopted 1946, with the sub-title Equal Rights - Equal Responsibilities -- Droits égaux - responsabilités égales. Individual members meeting in congress, 28 Apr 1915, The Hague (Netherlands), were instrumental in setting up 'International Women's Committee for a Durable Peace', which became Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), 1919, Zurich (Switzerland). Current 'Action Programme' adopted Nov 2007, at 34th Congress, Delhi (India).


Secure all such reforms as necessary to establish a real equality of liberties, status and opportunities between men and women and work for equal partnership between men and women in all spheres of life; urge women to accept their responsibilities and use their rights and influence in public life to ensure that the status of every individual, without distinction of sex, race or creed, is based on respect for the person as the only guarantee for individual freedom and peace; promote a better quality of life and good understanding among peoples.

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Organizes: Triennial Congress with workshops to formulate and Action Programme for next triennium, which is then approved in plenary sessions; Regional Board Meeting and Seminar (annual), with follow-up workshops and projects. Priorities for 2005-2007: human rights - women's rights; globalization; civil and political rights; education for all - legal literacy; poverty; violence, including - (a) trafficking in women and children, (b) domestic violence, (c) violence in general; health; nutrition; environment and habitat. Cooperates with other NGOs and with the United Nations specialized agencies on: peace and security; nationality of married women; equal pay and discrimination in employment; discrimination in education; slavery and suppression of traffic in persons; elimination of discrimination against women and girls; equal access to technology and resources.


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Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 21 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 44 countries
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