United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women’s human rights at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on four strategic areas: (1) reducing feminized poverty, (2) ending violence against women, (3) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and (4) achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war.

United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women

Grounded in the vision of equality of the United Nations Charter, the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world, and the achievement of their equality with men –as equal actors, partners, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, peace and security. Together with Governments, other entities of the United Nations system, and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, DAW actively works to advance the global agenda on women’s rights issues and gender equality and ensure that women’s voices are heard in international policy arenas.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international Non Governmental Organization (NGO) with national sections, covering all continents with an international secretariat based in Geneva, and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations. Since its establishment in 1915, WILPF has brought together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means, promoting political, economic and social justice for all.

The Sister Fund 

The Sister Fund is a private women’s foundation that works at the nexus of faith and social justice. The Sister Fund envisions universal equity in our society that includes women’s full development through spiritual, social, economic, and political empowerment. In supporting faith-based feminism, we hope to encourage the transformation that faith can bring to the women’s movement, religious institutions and our culture at large.


Choike.org is a portal on Southern civil societies with in-depth reports, campaigns, news, book reviews – among others on gender and economics. The website also provides a search engine for information about the South on the web (Choike is the Mapuche name for the Southern Cross, the constellation that helps travellers find their way).

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development  (AWID)

AWID is an international membership organization connecting, informing and mobilizing people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. There are resources and stretegic initiatives to be found on the website. There are additional benefits including access to resources if you become a member.

Women’s Human Rights Net (WHRnet)

WHRnet privides information and analyses on women’s human rights in English, Spanish and French including a section on UN conferences.

The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians

This is a relatively small website of African women theologians concerned about dearth of literature by African women. They have two focus areas: Theological Education on HIV / AIDS and “Gender and Theology in Africa today”