Beads for Education

BEADS For Education — Originally a project of IWDC , BEADS for Education has grown tremendously and found its own footing. Designed to strengthen womens leadership in Africa, BEADS for education provides scholarships for African girls; promotes business development for African women; and supports conservation through education.

United Nations Millenium Development Goals

United Nations Millenium Development Goals — IWDC supports the UN's Millenium Development Goals, a series of eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world's main development challenges.

Women's Global Political Participation

BBC Special on Women in Power — Biographies and interviews with women political leaders around the world. 

Center for Women's Global Leadership — Develops and facilitates women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice worldwide.  

Council of Women World Leaders — Network of 25 current and former women heads of state and heads of government.

Distinguished Women — Biographies of women in government and politics around the world and throughout history.   

Inter-Parliamentary Union — Great data on women's political participation worldwide. 

UNIFEM - Women's Global Political Participation — The United Nations site for women.

Women's Access and Leadership Initiative — Description of their voter and civic education campaigns, candidate training, and applied research. 

Women's Environment and Development Organization — 50/50 by 2005 initiative. Fact sheets and links about women's political participation. 

Women in Politics:  Beyond Numbers — On International IDEA's website; focus on the qualitative impact of women on political decision-making. 

Women World Leaders 1945 - 2001 — List of rulers currently in office, historical queens, presidents, prime ministers, governors and other women leaders. 

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership — Features frequently updated listings of women in political positions throughout the world and throughout history. 

Zonta International — A worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

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International Women's News Sources

Mapping the World of Women's Information Services — Online database of women's information centers and libraries that are open to the public. 

OneWorld — Online media gateway to inform a global audience about human rights and sustainable development. 

WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service — This site contains Real Audio recordings of women-focused radio newscasts. Some examples are: "Hats Off to Bella" a memorial to US Congresswoman Bella Abzug, "Women's Liberty in Zimbabwe" a report on women's legal status in Zimbabwe, and "Women in Symphony Orchestras" a report on discrimination in symphony hiring practices.

Women's Issues -- 3rd World — Daily news about women in developing countries with links to other women's issues. 

Womens Enews — Provides a professional news service to the public and the media, policy makers and opinion shapers, covering the news about issues of importance to women; project of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

WomansGlobe — News on women's rights and other global women's issues;  Part of the WorldNews network. 

WomensNet — WomensNet is a news information source with a focus on women. Their site contains articles, a database on Women's Studies programs and thousands of links to related sites.

WomensWire — Articles on women's rights activists around the world. 

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International Women's Issues

Center for Development and Population Activities — Empowers women at all levels of society to be full partners in development;  Main focus on reproductive health.

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) —  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.

Feminist Majority Global Feminism — Global newswire, Beijing+5 information, and global links.

Gender Gap — Information on women in the military, women's participation in national and local government and women's success in recent elections.

Global Fund for Women — Grantmaking foundation that provides flexible, timely assistance to grassroots women's groups around the world focusing on enabling women to participate fully in all aspects of their societies.  

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) — Researches on and advocates for international women's issues. 

International Women's Tribune Center — Connecting women globally for social change.  Includes an online book store and a GlobalNet listserv. 

Peace Corps — The Peace Corps web site has information about joining the Peace Corps, about the countries where volunteers serve and how to contribute time without actually going overseas.

UNIFEM — United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Womankind — British non-profit focusing on developing women's capacity and the recognition of women's human rights. 

WomenWatch — Coalition of UN agencies that deal with the advancement and empowerment of women.

Women's EDGE — Organizes economic, political and social change by mobilizing Americans around international women's issues and lobbying the US government on international trade and aid issues. 

Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) — Worldwide coalition of institutions and individuals concerned with improving the status of women in the informal sector of the economy. 

Women's International Center — Gives Living Legacy Awards to women leaders around the world;    Biographies of women leaders. 

Women, Law and Development International — Empowering women to fight for women's rights through research, training and advocacy. 

Women Leaders Online — Great list of international women's links. 

Women Online Worldwide  —  Chatrooms, weekly webcasts, links, message boards, rural women's discussion, online magazine.

Women, Ink. — Women, Ink. is a project of the International Women's Tribune Center to market and distribute books on women and development worldwide. You can order books from this site.

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Women and Politics - United States

Center for American Women and Politics — A university-based research, education and public service center.  Its mission is to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life. 

EMILY's List — Political network for pro-choice Democratic women. 

League of Women Voters — Non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  

National Council of Women's Organizations — Bipartisan network of more than 100 women's organizations including grassroots, service, research, media and legal advocacy groups.

National Women's Political Caucus — American multi-partisan national grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting pro-choice women for elected and appointed office at all levels of government.

US Women Connect — Connecting women and girls working for rights and empowerment and linking them with other activists and advocates around the globe. 

The White House Project — This organization is working to change the US political climate so that women from all walks of life can launch successful campaigns for the US presidency and other key positions. 

WISH List — Largest fundraising group for pro-choice Republican women candidates at all levels of government. 

Women & Politics Institute at American University — Dedicated to the advancement of the study and discussion of women and politics, the promotion of opportunities for women in politics, and the involvement of students, faculty and current political leaders in issues of concern to women.  

Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) — Working to establish a network of elected women leaders to affect federal budget policies;  has a women legislators' lobby. 

Women's Policy, Inc. — The unique source of information on women's issues in Congress, "The Source" newsletter, and The Women's Caucus.

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Resources - Africa

Abantu — NGO founded by women in Africa;  working for a world in which women and men are equal partners at all levels in decision-making and in creating sustainable development

KIND (Kudirat Initiative for Democracy) — Works to empower and enable the development of Africa by strengthening organizations and initiatives dedicated to the advancement of women and youth.  

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Resources - Asia/Pacific

Alliance for Democracy in Vietnam — Posts the activities of its members who are fighters for democracy in Vietnam and abroad;  Includes press releases.

Asianwomenonline — Platform for news and features on Asian women globally including a discussion of family lives, political participation, economic well-being, health and rights.

Australian Women's Intra Network — This Australian women's organization posts monthly calendars of events pertaining to women around the world.

Center for Legislative Development — Philippine-based organization that promotes an interaction between an efficient, effective legislature and a dynamic, vibrant civil society.  Fact sheets on women's political participation.  

Free Vietnam Alliance — A coalition of 35 Vietnamese democracy movements;  Publishes "Vietnam Democracy", an online monthly newsletter to inform the international community of news and political developments in Vietnam.

Hong Kong Voice of Democracy — Tracks the activities of grassroots democracy movements in Hong Kong and works to protect freedom of the press. 

Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) — Trade union based in India;  Organization of poor, self-employed women workers that mobilizes women around issues like food security, minimum wage, child care and home-based work.

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Resources - Europe

European Database of Women in Decision-Making — Fact Sheets, Searchable Database, Interviews, Country Reports and EU Data on women in government in Europe.

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Resources - Latin America

Pro Mujer — provides training and small business loans so women can initiate or improve small businesses and increase their income.

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Resources - Middle East

ArabWomenConnect — Administered by UNIFEM, this site contains weekly news, an organization database and can be read in English or Arabic.

Israel Democracy Institute — Independent and non-partisan research center based in Jerusalem;   Working to strengthen democracy by promoting political and economic reforms and serving as a source of information for civic leaders and the general public.  

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CNN/IFES Election Watch — Resources and information on past and upcoming elections around the world. 

The Democracy Center — Provides advocacy, training, counseling, strategy planning and other assistance to people working on social and economic justice issues on three continents.   

Democracy Net (DNet) — An interactive online voter guide with nonpartisan, state-specific election information where you can compare candidate statements, suggest issues you care about and learn about the election process in your community.  DNet provides a free online forum for candidates at all levels to debate the issues of importance in communities.

Election Resources — Complete and detailed international election statistics. 

International Foundation for Election Systems  — This site has election information including a calendar of elections around the world.

International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) — Intergovernmental organization with mandate to support the growth of genuine, sustainable democracy.

Inter-Parliamentary Union — Focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and cooperation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.   

International Republican Institute — Non-partisan US-based organization that conducts programs outside the US to promote democracy and strengthen free markets and rule of law.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs — Provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions.  

National Endowment for Democracy — Private, U.S.-based organization that provides grants to help strengthen democracy around the world. 

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Civil Society — Provides resources, inspiring ideas and opportunities for social entrepreneurs and those interested in learning more about social change. 

Civnet — Website for civil education practitioners, scholars, policymakers, civic-minded journalists and NGOs promoting civic education. 

Civicus — Strengthens citizen action and promotes civil society throughout the world.

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Women and Technology

Webgrrls — Webgrrls is a network of women interested in the internet that meets both in cyberspace and the real world. Webgrrl chapters all over the United States meet regularly in the name of "networking". On-line features include financial tips and profiles of women in business. 

WIRED Magazine Women in Tech — News on women leading the way in the tech field. 

Women in Technology International (WITI) — WITI's mission is to enhance the status of women in science and technology.  Their web site is fittingly high-tech and more-or-less easy to navigate. Features include profiles of women in technology, training resources and information on upcoming conferences.

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