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1980, as a cooperative venture among 5 international women's organizations: International Council of Women (ICW); International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International); Graduate Women International (GWI); Soroptimist International (SI); Zonta International. Derives from the International Women's Year, 1975; in 1982, became associated with UNESCO Co-Action Programme (Co-Action). Ceased to exist 2009.


Provide vocational training for women and girls in poor economic circumstances in developing countries and countries in transition.

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Initiates and supports projects that provide non-formal education and the development of income generating skills in developing countries and whose purpose is to train underprivileged women and girls enabling them to acquire skills to earn a living. Projects are managed by a Local Committee consisting of 2 representatives of the local clubs (at least 2) of donating organizations and use expertise of sponsoring organizations. Projects are custom-designed, draw on local facilities, combine training in income-generating skills and general welfare and aim to be self-sufficient within 5 years. The first project was set up in 1982, Kolkata (India); subsequent projects have been established in Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, Georgia, India, Latvia, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Organizes workshops at annual sessions of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).


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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Women
    • Adolescents
    • Disadvantaged
  • Education
    • Training
    • Vocational Guidance

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



Last News Received

28. Jul 2011
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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