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International Alliance of Women (IAW) [FR] [NGO Section Data]
Alliance internationale des femmes (AIF)
Alianza Internacional de Mujeres
Internationaler Frauen-Verband

Contact Details
Main address: SG: Mmabatho Ramagoshi, PO Box 39589, Moreleta Park, 0044, Pretoria, South Africa, E-mail: iawsec (at) womenalliance.org

Pres: Joanna Manganara, 16 Skoufa Street, Athens, Greece, E-mail: iawpres (at) womenalliance.org

URL: http://www.womenalliance.org/

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.
Official Relations
United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)* (General); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)* (Consultative Status); International Labour Organization (ILO)* (Special List); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)* (Liaison Status); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)* (General Category); World Health Organization (WHO)* (Official Relations); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)*; United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)*; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)*; Council of Europe (CE)* (Participatory Status).
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.
IAW Newsletter (12 a year) - electronic newsletter; International Women's News (3 a year) in English, French; NewsFlash - electronic (intermittent). The International Woman Suffrage Alliance: Its History from 1904 to 1929 (1929); Just Sufragii Centenary Edition (2004); Equal Rights - Equal Responsibilties Centenary Celebration (2007) in English, French; Women's Rights are Human Rights. Books; monographs; brochures; reports of Congresses and Seminars.
Affiliated societies (30) in 26 countries:

 • Burkina Faso, Egypt, Mauritius, Zambia.

 • Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.

 • Bangladesh, India (2), Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

 • Australia.

 • Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France (2), Germany (3), Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland.

Associate societies (22) in 18 countries:

 • Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Mali, Niger, South Africa, Togo, Uganda.

 • United States of America.

 • Bangladesh, India, Japan, Philippines.

 • Australia.

 • Austria, Croatia, Serbia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Individuals in 52 countries. Membership countries not specified.

UNESCO NGO Section Data

Type of Relation with UNESCOConsultative Status
Admission Date1961
Reclassification date1997
Programme Sector: OtherBSP/WGE
Name and contact details of NGO focal point at UNESCOMme Majlof Anna Maria
History1904 Creation 1948 Consultative arrangements avec l'UNESCO 1961 Category B 1996 Postpone decision (149 EX/ONG.2) (149 EX/Dec. 7.3) 1997 Operational Relations (151 EX/ONG.2) (151 EX/Dec. 9.2) 2003 Renewal of operational relations (166 EX/38) (166 EX/Dec.9.2)
Contribution to UNESCO's programmes The IAW is a dependable and active UNESCO partner within the different collective consultation arrangements. It did not consistently fulfil its obligations under its former consultative status (category B). Its operational activities are beginning to show greater attention to developing countries. In its workshops and seminars, it focuses particularly on women's issues and gender equality in relation to democracy, individual rights and peace.
Keywords UNESCO Chair,Climate,Environment,Gender Equality,Women,Peace,Development

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