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AIDOS - Italian Association for Women in Development
AIDOS has worked in developing countries, in Italy and with international organizations to build, promote and defend the rights, dignity, well-being and progress of women everywhere.

A.J. Muste Memorial Institute – International Nonviolence Training Fund
The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute's - International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF) support nonviolence trainings which help people learn how to collectively use the theory and practice of nonviolent action as part of ongoing campaigns or programs for social justice.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Astraea is committed to funding groups, projects, or organizations that are led by and for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBT) communities that directly address oppression based on sexual orientation and sexual identity.

Fund activities that alleviate poverty in a direct and tangible way.

Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation makes grants or loans to projects/organizations globally working to alleviate poverty, strengthen democratic values and advance human achievement.

Global Fund for Women
Provides grants to support women’s human rights organizations around the world

Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation; Hivos strives for a world in which all citizens – both men and women – have equal access to resources and opportunities for development.

ICCO envisages a world without poverty and injustice. Based on this vision, ICCO supports projects that contribute to one of our three main programmes. Policy emphasis may differ from country to country, depending on local political and economic conditions.”

IKV Pax Christi starts up and supports local peace initiatives and mobilises moral, political and financial support

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
IPPF is a global service provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. IPPF is a worldwide movement of national organizations working with and for communities and individuals.

International Women's Health Coalition leads global and local actions to secure every woman’s right to a just and healthy life. We are creating a world where women are free from discrimination, sexual coercion and violence, and have access to health services and information.

The MacArthur Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grant making institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition.

Mama Cash funds and supports women and girls' human rights groups that push beyond the status quo to transform unjust systems and relations and bring about fundamental change for themselves and their communities.

MATCH-International Centre
“MATCH International Centre is a Canadian women’s international organization guided by a feminist vision of sustainable development which recognizes the diverse realities of women and respects their efforts for self-determination.”

Oxfam Novib is fighting for a just world without poverty together with people, organisations, businesses and governments through projects and lobbying using a rights-based approach - locally and internationally. Poverty and injustice are global problems resulting from unjust economic and political relationships.

Open Society Institute - International Women's Program
“The International Women's Program promotes the advancement of women's human rights, gender equality, and empowerment as an integral part of the process of democratization. The program uses grantmaking and programs to promote and protect the rights of women and girls around the globe, particularly in places where good governance and respect for the rule of law have been weakened or destroyed by conflict.”

Oxfam Canada supports long-term development, advocacy and emergency programs in 28 countries around the world. They support interventions that increase women’s power to access and control resources, build capacity and support women’s leadership, and change attitudes and legislation to promote women’s equality.

The R.C. Maagdenhuis Foundation supports small-scale projects and initiatives that help groups and organizations to become self-supporting.

Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development)
The goals of Rights & Democracy’s Women’s Rights focus are: To facilitate women’s leadership and participation in civil society, to ensure their full contribution to peace-building processes, to seek accountability for gender crimes in transitional justice systems, and to build women’s capacity to meet the challenges of fundamentalisms, militarism and the prevailing security agenda.

The Rockefeller Foundation

The work of the Rockefeller Foundation for the 21st Century is to enable 'smart globalization.' It attempts to harness the creative forces of globalization to ensure that the tools and technologies that have significantly improved the human condition in many parts of the world during the past half century are accessible today to more people, more fully, in more places. 

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
“UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.”

UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women
Managed by UNIFEM, the UN Trust Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports local, national and regional efforts to end violence against women and girls.

UNIFEM – Fund for Gender Equality

Provides funding for groups that work for the political and economic empowerment of women.

WOMANKIND Worldwide helps women in developing countries – silenced or isolated by harmful traditions, conflict, violence and intimidation or the sheer exhaustion of surviving in poverty – to have a say in what goes on in their family, community and country.

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Employment Opportunities

  • ActionAid- We focus on the people that others forget. People in poverty. People who face discrimination. People whose voices are ignored.
  • AWID jobs- The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, feminist, membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights.
  • Feminist Majority -works for social, political and economic equality for women by using research and education to improve women's lives.
  • Global Fund for Women -is a nonprofit grant making foundation that advances women's human rights worldwide.
  • Human Rights Watch - The largest U.S.-based human rights organization, Human Rights Watch, is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.
  • Idealist - The world's best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world since 1995.
  • National Council for Research on Women - a network of 120 leading research, policy and advocacy centers committed to improving the lives of women and girls
  • National Organization for Women - the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

Community Services

Local Opportunities

  • HandsOn Network: Type your ZIP code into the "Find Volunteer Opportunities" box to find community service opportunities near you.

Global Opportunities

  • Lutheran Volunteer Corps: LVC is a year-long service program for people 21 and over seeking to unite faith, social justice, community living, and simplicity. Volunteers are matched with non-profit organizations in ten metropolitan areas across the United States.
  • nGoAbroad: nGoAbroad is a clearinghouse and referral service that custom-fits peoples' skills, interests and goals with international humanitarian needs, with an emphasis on women's needs
  • Online Volunteering Service: The Online Volunteering (OV) service, managed by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, connects online volunteers with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN organizations and academic institutions all over the world.
  • World Volunteer Web: The supports the volunteer community by providing a global one-stop-shop for information, resources, and organizations linked to volunteerism.

Africa Region

  • Pambazuka News - News on women and gender from Pambazuka Press and Pambazuka News, which disseminate analysis and debate on the struggle for freedom and justice through the voices of the peoples of Africa and the global South.
  • African Center for Constructive Resolution Disputes (ACCORD)- ACCORD’s primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. 
  • African Gender Institute- Women’s and Gender Studies program run by the University of Capetown in South Africa.
  • Akina Mama wa Afrika: AMwA builds African women's leadership capacities to influence policy and decision making processes in their communities, by serving as a networking, information, advocacy and training forum.
  • BAOBAB - Human Rights Issues in Nigeria
  • Rwandan Women Community Development Network - a national humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women in Rwanda through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs.
  • Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights: Urgent Action Fund and Urgent Action Fund-Africa operate Rapid Response Grantmaking programs and collaborative initiatives linking justice, peacebuilding, security and women's human rights. 
  • Women in Law and Development in Africa: is a pan African women's rights network dedicated to promoting and strengthening strategies which link law and development to increase women's participation and influence at the community, national and international levels.
  • Women of Uganda Network - WOUGNET's mission is to promote and support the use of ICTs by women and women organizations in Uganda.
  • Equality Now: Based in the U.S. with a regional office in Kenya, Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women.

European Region

  • Women Against Violence Europe: Based in Austria, WAVE is a network of European women's non-governmental organizations working in the field of combating violence against women and children (women's refuges, counseling centres, SOS hotlines/helplines, organizations focusing on prevention and training, etc.).
  • WOMANKIND Worldwide: WOMANKIND Worldwide is the only UK development agency that has at its heart support for women's economic, social and political equality.
  • Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation - The organization works in the field of gender equality, prevention of domestic violence, reproductive rights and anti-discrimination by providing information, elaboration and production of researches, analyses and draft laws, conducting campaigns and lobbying for legislative changes, provision of training and consultations for professionals and working in wide networks in cooperation with other organizations, public institutions and experts.
  • Center for International and European Law on Immigration and Asylum (German) 
  • Balkan Sunflowers - By organizing educational, social and cultural activities, we promote understanding, further non-violent conflict transformation, and celebrate the diversity of the lives and cultures of the Balkan region. 

Asia/ Pacific Region

  • Online Women - These pages contain facts and figures on women involved in politics, governance and decision-making on the regional level.
  • Association of Women for Action and Research - Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group. 
  • Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action: Based in India, CREA is an organization that aims at enhancing the capacities of a new generation of women leaders using a human rights approach. 
  • Center for Asian Pacific Women in Politics - The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP) is a non-partisan, non-profit and non-governmental regional organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting equal participation of women in politics and decision-making.  
  • Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era: Based in Fiji, DAWN is a network of women scholars and activists from the economic South who engage in feminist research and analysis of the global environment and are committed to working for economic justice, gender justice and democracy. 
  • Fiji Women’s Crisis Center - Supports the promotion of gender equality in Fiji. 
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women - Sakhi for South Asian Women is a community-based organization in the New York metropolitan area committed to ending violence against women of South Asian origin.
  • Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law, and Development - Our 180 members represent groups of diverse women from 25 countries in the region. We have been active for nearly 25 years. The Asia Foundation Women’s Empowerment Program - The Foundation supports Asian initiatives to improv e governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. 
  • Women’s League of Burma -The WLB believes firmly that the contribution of women in the struggle to bring about human rights, democracy and equal rights for all nationalities in Burma will have a great  impact, and their participation in the national reconciliation and peace-building process is essential.
  • Tibetan Women’s Association - To raise global awareness of the critical situation inside Tibet, and to exert international pressure for the improvement of Human Rights conditions for Tibetans living in occupied Tibet.
  • International Women's Rights Action Watch, Asia Pacific: Based in Malaysia, IWRAW is an organization that carries out collaborative projects to facilitate the monitoring and implementation of the CEDAW Convention regionally and globally.

Middle East and North Africa Region

  • Arab Women's Solidarity Association: Based in the U.S., AWSA is an international organization that promotes Arab women's active participation in social, economic, cultural, and political life.
  • Bat Shalom- Israeli Feminist Organization 
  • Women Living Under Muslim Laws: Based in the U.K., with coordination offices for Africa and Asia & the Middle East, WLUML is a network of women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws, both written and unwritten, drawn from interpretations of the Koran tied up with local traditions.

Central and South America Region

  • Citizenship, Studies, Information and Action: CEPIA is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization dedicated to developing projects that promote human and citizenship rights especially among groups historically excluded from exercising their full citizenship in Brazil.
  • Feminist International Radio Endeavor: FIRE's main mission is "giving voice to the voiceless." Based in Costa Rica, its programs address diverse themes from a gender perspective. (Spanish and English) 
  • Women's Learning Partnership: Based in the U.S., WLP is an international, non-governmental organization working to empower women and girls in the Global South to re-imagine and re-structure their roles in their families, communities, and societies. 
  • CLADEM- Regional organization that articulates persons and non-government organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean for the promotion, vigilance and defense of women’s interdependent and integral human rights from a socio-juridical point of view, with a feminist perspective, in a dynamics that interconnects the local, regional and international planes.
  • Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network- It is a configuration of non-governmental organisations working for the implementation of refugee rights enshrined in international human rights and refugee law.

Disarmament, War, and Peace

  • Gender and Disarmament- United Nations office for Disarmament Affairs links a more peaceful world with the general reduction of arms.
  • PeaceWomen- United Nations organization for the promotion of peace in conjunction with feminist ideals. 
  • Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children: Based in the U.S., the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and adolescents.
  • Center for Gender and Refugee Studies- CGRS’s core mission is to protect the basic human rights of refugee women and girls by advancing gender-sensitive asylum laws.
  • Centre for Refugee Studies- a think tank with a focus on the rights of international refugees. 
  • Center for World Indigenous Studies- an independent, non-profit [U.S. 501(c)(3)] research and education organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations.
  • Refugees International- Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
  • Minority Rights Group International-MRG is the leading international human rights organisation working to secure rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous people around the world.

Domestic Violence


  • Women's Environment and Development Organization: Based in the U.S., WEDO is an international advocacy network actively working to transform society to achieve a healthy and peaceful planet, with social, political, economic and environmental justice for all through the empowerment of women.

General Human Rights Promotion and Advocacy

  • Amnesty USA - Women's Program: Based in the U.S., the Women's Human Rights Program focuses on promoting women's human rights within Amnesty's mandate.
  • Civnet- a worldwide online civic education community composed of civic educators (teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum designers, etc.), as well as scholars, policymakers, civic-minded journalists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other individuals promoting civic education all over the world. CIVNET is administered by CIVITAS International.
  • Global Rights: Based in the U.S., Global Rights is a human rights advocacy group that partners with local activists to challenge injustice and amplify new voices within the global discourse. 
  • H-Net Human Rights Network- H-Human-Rights is a discussion network for scholars, policymakers, authors, historians, and other interested people devoted to the history, analysis, theory, and practice of human rights.
  • Human Rights Education Association- Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organization that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies.
  • Human Rights Internet: Based in Canada, HRI is a world leader in the exchange of information within the worldwide human rights community. 
  • Human Rights Watch - Women's Rights Division: The largest U.S.-based human rights organization, Human Rights Watch, is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. 
  • International Council on Human Rights Policy: Based in Switzerland, ICHRP provides a forum for applied research, reflection and forward thinking on matters of international human rights policy.
  • International Women's Tribune Centre: Based in the U.S., IWTC is dedicated to achieving women's full participation in shaping a development process that is just, peaceful and sustainable. 
  • People's Movement for Human Rights Education: Based in the U.S., PDHRE is an international service organization that works directly and indirectly with its network of affiliates - primarily women's and social justice organizations - to develop and advance pedagogies for human rights education relevant to people's daily lives in the context of their struggles for social and economic justice and democracy.

Health Issues

  • Center for Health and Gender Equity: Based in the U.S., CHANGE is a non-profit organization that works to advance a reproductive health and rights agenda within US international population and health policies and programs.
  • EngenderHealth: Based in the U.S., EngenderHealth is a non-profit organization that has been working internationally for over 30 years to support and strengthen reproductive health services for women and men worldwide.
  • International Women's Health Coalition: Based in the U.S., IWHC is a nonprofit organization that works to generate health and population policies, programs, and funding that promote and protect the rights and health of girls and women worldwide, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and countries in post-socialist transition.

Human Rights Focused Feminist Organizations

  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development-Welcome to AWID! The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, feminist, membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights.
  • Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme-We are a global network of women who support women networking for social change and women's empowerment, through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
  • Feminist Majority Foundation: Based in the U.S., the Feminist Majority Foundation engages in research and public education efforts aimed at advancing women's empowerment and equality.
  • Global Fund for Women: Based in the U.S., GFW makes grants to seed, support, and strengthen women's rights groups around the world.
  • Global Center for Women Politics (GLOW)- The portal for the Feminist Institute. Conceived of as a bridge, the Feminist Institute acts as a mediator between feminist theory and feminism in practice.
  • Isis International- Isis International advocates for the realization of women’s human rights in the struggle against patriarchal and fundamentalist forces by documenting feminist visions, creating critical communications, and strengthening social movements.
  • International Center for Research on Women: Based in the U.S., ICRW is dedicated to promoting social and economic development with women's full participation.
  • International Women's Democracy Center: Based in the U.S., IWDC was established to strengthen women's global leadership through training, education, networking and research in all facets of democracy with a particular focus on increasing the participation of women in policy, politics and decision-making.
  • International Women's Human Rights Clinic: Based at the Georgetown University Law Center in the U.S., the general mission of IWHRC is to promote and advance women's human rights throughout the world.
  • Just Associates: A global community of justice activists, scholars and popular educators in more than 30 countries worldwide, JASS works from a feminist perspective to transform norms, institutions, policies and decision-making processes in both public and private spaces of power.
  • MADRE: Based in the U.S., MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with women's community-based groups worldwide to address issues of health, economic development and other human rights.
  • National Council for Research on Women: Based in the U.S., NCRW is a working alliance of 84 women's research and policy centers, more than 3,000 affiliates and a network of over 200 international centers.
  • Sisterhood is Global Institute: Based in the U.S., SIGI is an international non-government, non-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of women's rights at the local, national, regional, and global levels.
  • WILD for Human Rights: Based in the U.S., the Women's Institute for Leadership Development promotes human rights through the conscious leadership and action of women and girls.
  • Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways, an independent women’s NGO, was founded in 1993 with the aim of promoting women’s human rights in Turkey and on the international level.
  • Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice: Based in the Hague, the Netherlands, Women's Initiatives is an international women’s human rights organization advocating for gender-inclusive justice and working towards an effective and independent International Criminal Court (ICC).
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: Based in the U.S., WILPF works to create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can be enjoyed by all.
  • Women's Rights Network: Based in the U.S., WRN is an international human rights organization based at Wellesley College that works to address the root causes of intimate partner abuse in the United States through the application of human rights principles, strategies and laws.

LGBTQ Rights and Issues

  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission: Based in the U.S., IGLHRC is a non-profit organization that seeks to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status.

Race Related

  • Women of Color Resource Center: WCRC promotes the political, economic, social and cultural well being of women and girls of color in the United States.

Reproductive Rights

  • Center for Reproductive Rights: Based in the U.S., the Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and defending women’s reproductive rights worldwide.

Social and Economic Development

  • Association for Women in Development: Based in Canada, AWID is an international membership organization that connects, informs and mobilizes people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and human rights for everyone.
  • Women's International Coalition for Economic Justice: Based in the U.S., WICEJ is an organization that works to link gender with macro-economic policy in international inter-governmental policy-making arenas, from a human-rights perspective.
  • Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era (Dawn)- a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development.