Association of Women's Rights in Development

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The Association for Women's Rights in Development (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. Our goal is to cause policy, institutional and individual change that will improve the lives of women and girls everywhere. We do this by facilitating ongoing debates on fundamental and provocative issues as well as by building the individual and organizational capacities of those working for women's empowerment and social justice." [1]


"In 1982, toward the end of the UN Decade for Women, 26 people from North American development agencies, agricultural universities and community organizations gathered to discuss the role of women as agents and beneficiaries of the development process. They founded AWID, a professional association where people concerned with women in development could dialogue across sectors and improve their effectiveness as professionals in this new field." [2]

"As of January 1st, 2007 Lydia Alpizar Duran is AWID's new Executive Director." [3] Other Staff

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  1. Association of Women's Rights in Development Board, organizational web page, accessed April 20, 2012.