International Alliance of Women (IAW)

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

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1902-02 Washington DC USA


Founded under the inspiration of Susan Anthony, Elisabeth Stanton and Carrie Chapmann Cat. At 2nd meeting, 3-4 Jun 1904, Berlin (Germany), formally constituted. 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 C-XC3439 - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), 1919, Zurich (Switzerland). Current 'Action Programme' adopted Oct 2017, at 37th Congress, Nicosia (Cyprus).


Promote human rights and empowerment of women in all spheres of life; ensure that the status of every individual without distinction on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, age, race, religious or political persuasion or any other ground shall be based on respect for the person; promote social justice; work for peace and good understanding among peoples.


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Congress (every 3 years); Executive Board (annual); International Committee Meeting. Regional Vice-Presidents (6): Anglophone Africa; Francophone Africa; North America; Arab Region; Asia; Europe. Regional Coordinator (1): Pacific. Commissions (7). Ad-hoc Committees (7).


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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