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					                                   25 years annual report 2010

                             for equality

When women benefit, the whole community benefits.
International Women’s Development agency (IWDa)
IWDA is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that, for
25 years, has been creating positive change for women and
their communities. Our partners implement practical and rights-
based projects that directly address poverty, discrimination and
oppression in the Asia-Pacific region.

We develop projects in partnership with organisations and
women who work and live in communities. We know from
experience that women’s active participation and leadership
is key to building a more sustainable future where the rights
of women and girls, men and boys, are respected.

As we continue to build on the vision of IWDA’s founders,
we draw daily inspiration from the women and organisations
we partner with, who work for equity, rights, safety and
opportunity with limited resources in challenging environments.

This annual report brings you the work of IWDA with its
partners which is made possible by the support of valued
donors, philanthropic foundations and institutional funders
including the Australian Government.

When women benefit,
the whole community benefits.

ABN 19 242 959 685
PO Box 64 Flinders Lane VIC 8009 Australia
Tel: 61 3 9650 5574 Fax: 61 3 9654 9877
Donation hotline: 1300 661 812

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) is a signatory to the Australian Council
for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct which defines minimum standards of
governance, management and accountability for non-government development organisations.
Adherence to the Code is monitored by an independent Code of Conduct Committee elected
from the NGO community. Our voluntary adherence to the Code of Conduct demonstrates our
commitment to ethical practice and public accountability. More information about the ACFID
Code of Conduct can be accessed at

Fundraising Institute of australia (FIa)
We are a member of the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA), the national peak body for
professional fundraising in Australia. By applying the FIA Principles of Fundraising Practice, we
demonstrate our commitment to accountability and transparency in fundraising and support of
excellence in fundraising practice.

Communication Design                            Printed on
+ Sustainability                           100% post-consumer                        recycled paper.
Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Our partners’ voice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Focusing on women                          . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Working with our partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Connecting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Creating change through our programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Women’s economic empowerment                                        . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Women’s safety and security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Women’s civil and political participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Sustainable livelihoods and natural
resource management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Cross-cutting themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Strengthening our focus on research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Supporting IWDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Our people . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Summarised financial report                                 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Thank you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Cover photo: Angela Wylie – The Age
Photo double page: Angela Wylie – The Age
Students of the Karen Young Women’s Leadership School
on the Thai-Burma border. See p. 17 for more details.

our president, Mary Hawkins
If I’m asked about Women’s Leadership and career paths and
“how did you get to be the President of IWDA” I have to admit
a very meandering journey through seemingly disconnected paths
and experiences, a trust in my own intuition and passion and the
ringing mantra of my old school motto of “Facta non verba”.
Deeds not words.

What a gift and privilege to be in the role of President of IWDA
especially at this juncture as we celebrate an organisation that
for 25 years has been committed to creating opportunities for
thousands of women and girls. The legacy of past Presidents,
Executive Directors, Boards, Staff and Supporters is the wonderful                                                                Mary Hawkins, IWDA’s
organisation that is IWDA in 2010. All have strongly believed in                                                                  President.
                                                                                                                                  Photo: Dean Bradley
the work of IWDA knowing that women as agents of change
will improve the life of the entire community.

Through the shared involvement of our supporter base, committed
Staff, Board, Foundation and Partners, IWDA will continue to
grow, be a stronger, more resilient, and sustainable organisation.         a few words from our past president and interim
Our immediate focus will be on our partnerships and programs,              executive Director, Coleen Clare
strengthening relationships, looking for the best ways to deliver our      IWDA captivates those who become engaged with our mission
programs, measuring our impact and effectiveness and learning              to support and work with our sisters in the Asia-Pacific Region.
from our past experiences. Our strategy places emphasis on four            I write as an outgoing President who had the privilege to work
thematic areas, women’s economic empowerment, women’s safety               alongside Jane Sloane to bring IWDA to a broader national and
and security, women’s civil and political participation and sustainable    international audience, increasing both our donor base and the
livelihoods and natural resource management.                               number of people and institutions who now know about and
                                                                           appreciate the work we do. Together we created Asia Pacific
Last year with the support of IWDA Foundation we established               Breakthrough, attracted $1.2 billion new funding to the region for
a gender training and consultancy function enabling IWDA to                girls and woman and formed a strong ongoing alliance of women,
continue to be a catalyst of change, and positioning IWDA as               development and faith.
a leader on gender issues both locally and across the region.
Supporting this is our engagement with key feminist alliances,             Surprisingly, I now find myself care-taking the Executive Director
research and campaigns. Through the inspiration of our                     position during this time of recruitment and transition, heading
immediate past Executive Director, Jane Sloane, we gathered                up a strong, vibrant staff team who are full of wonderful plans
much support from across the sector to launch the Women Faith              for IWDA’s life as a 25 year old. Like you, our supporters, I stay
and Development Alliance in December 2009.                                 engaged with IWDA because it is both a privilege and a challenge
                                                                           to do so – and because – until all our sisters enjoy lives of worth
As we start the journey of the next 25 years I’m confident that            and dignity – we have no cause to be standing still.
there will be many who will want to join us and share in the
shaping of IWDA and our work. Some will only be starting school            our ambassadors
or their careers, others will be finishing their careers and looking for   IWDA’s Ambassadors share our values and vision to enable women
a community involvement, perhaps others will not yet be born!              to be powerful agents of change. Their engagement with IWDA is
We all have a role in nurturing the social justice of our                  an honour for us. As visionary and inspirational women, they help
next generations, enabling them to develop their passion and               to focus a spotlight on the important work we do.
see the world as a just and equitable place for all.
                                                                              the Hon. Joan Kirner, politician and advocate for women’s
“I am an IWDA ambassador because we share the same                            leadership, was the 42nd Premier of Victoria
philosophies. We believe that women matter and we try
to work in ways that EMPOWER people in communities                            stephanie Dowrick, writer and social commentator
everywhere to shape their own lives and build better                          robyn archer, singer, writer, director and artistic director,
futures.”                                                                     and public advocate for the arts
– The Hon. Joan Kirner

   “What a gift and privilege to be in the role of President of IWDA especially at this juncture as we celebrate an
   organisation that for 25 years has been committed to creating opportunities for thousands of women and girls.”
   – Mary Hawkins, IWDA President

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                   Coleen Clare, past
                   President and interim
                   Executive Director.
                   Photo: Dean Bradley

                                                                                                                            Her Excellency Ms
                                                                                                                            Quentin Bryce AC,
                                             Jane Sloane, IWDA’s                                                            of the Commonwealth
                                             Executive Director.                                                            of Australia.
                                             Photo: Fiona Basile                                                            Photo: Tom Greenwood

our executive Director, Jane sloane                                   our patron, Her excellency Ms Quentin Bryce
This last year has been one of consolidation for IWDA and, like so    aC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth
many agencies during the time of the global economic downturn,        of australia
we were asking the questions ‘what do we do best?’, ’how do we        I am still grateful for what I learnt as a young mother involved
ensure greater sustainability for our programs?’ and ‘what do we      in my local community, and how those experiences helped to shape
need to do differently moving forward?’                               my work and career right up to this day.
In the last year we’ve supported 24 projects in 8 countries.          I learnt how to communicate, how to listen, how to organise,
Larger programs include our partnership with Live and Learn           how to lobby for what was desperately needed, how to look after
Environmental Education in a program designed to engage               people and foster their talent. I learnt the power of grassroots
women and men from 32 communities impacted by logging. The            movement-building.
aim is to contribute toward more inclusive and environmentally
sustainable communities, for the goal ‘Tugeda Tude fo Tomoro’         While law was my discipline, it was my interest in human rights,
(Together Today for Tomorrow).                                        the rights of women and children, and the support and nurturing
                                                                      of families that led me to my roles with the Human Rights and
Whether it’s women taking environmental action in the Solomon         Equal Opportunity Commission and the National Women’s
Islands or women mobilisers in the hillsides of Sri Lanka helping     Advisory Council; as a member of Australia’s Delegation to the UN
women become more economically independent or women on                Commission on Human Rights; and as an observer at CEDAW,
the Thai-Burma border mentoring young women in human rights           the meeting of the expert body overseeing the convention on the
and advocacy training, the work IWDA supports is unique, critical     elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
and timely.
                                                                      It is an immense honour to be the patron of the International
What has struck me time and time again is our program partners’       Women’s Development Agency, an Australian organisation which
resilience, grace under pressure, deep commitment to solidarity       was initiated by a group of visionary and determined women 25
with other women and a joy that springs up through dance, music,      years ago. Based strongly in grassroots action and solidarity with
poetry and singing when in the company of like-minded souls. The      women at a community level, it has today become a powerful and
foundation for empowerment is self-esteem and from this base          articulate voice for the empowerment of women.
comes the potential for sustainable economic livelihoods, freedom
from violence and every other human right.                            Last International Women’s Day, the UN Secretary-General Ban
                                                                      Ki-moon reminded us of what is still a debilitating, daily reality for
Women in local communities are the experts on their own lives         millions of the world’s women, most often our poorest and most
and our commitment remains to support them in determining             vulnerable: domestic violence, sexual violence during conflict,
the best responses to the issues they face. Our supporters            trafficking, honour killing, maternal mortality, early and forced
know and honour this approach and we’ve been fortunate to             marriage, limited access to family planning. These gross violations
attract sustained and increased financial commitments from            of women’s rights and enjoyment of life impact heavily on women’s
IWDA donors over the last year. Without this support and deep         capacity to learn, work, care for their families and participate fully
commitment to IWDA’s mode of working we would not be able             in society.
to work with the range of partners and initiatives we currently
support.                                                              I believe that the strength of our advocacy, the longevity of
                                                                      our achievements, and an ongoing commitment to women’s
We recently held a staff session where we were invited to create      empowerment and gender equality are what will ultimately ensure
our dream for women – mine was of a woman hoola-hooping in all        the eradication of women’s suffering and disadvantage.
the glory of that free-spirited moment of dance and movement.
And yet, to me the most moving shared dream piece was of a tree,      I congratulate all those women who have worked as Staff, Board,
with branches akimbo and deep roots representing the life and         Volunteers and Program Partners over the 25 years of IWDA’s
nurturing of IWDA, earthed and skyward both.                          history to create positive change for so many women, and the
                                                                      supporters who have believed and invested in this work.

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our partners’ voice

                   Communities planning
                   for the future, Solomon
                   Photo: Bonney Corbin

                                              Ileama and Kristina, Live
                                              and Learn staff, Solomon
                                              Islands.                                                                       Woman from Vanuatu.
                                              Photo: Bonney Corbin                                                           Photo: Gabrielle Halcrow

From our partner in the Pacific,                                          “For me IWDA is the nesting area for nurturing change”
Live and Learn Environmental Education                                    – Ileama Paul, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

IWDA has worked in partnership with Live and Learn Environmental          Live and Learn and IWDA will together play a growing role
Education in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands,            in local, provincial, and national women’s networks, and will
and with the regional office in Melbourne.                                work towards increasing the capacity of community-based
                                                                          organisations. Our work allows for regular reflection spaces
Live and Learn Solomon Islands and IWDA have been working in              which are participatory, accountable, and empowering; so we
partnership since 2003. In 2008, we signed a strategic partnership        can continually build an enabling environment where gender can
agreement. Our partnership model is based around the importance           be fully integrated into the core of our work with communities.
of recognising and working to our organisations’ strengths, clearly       Together we will contribute to increasing dialogue and sharing
defining roles and goals.                                                 of learnings about gender integration for communities and
“As a partner organisation we enjoyed working with                        natural resource management in sustainable way.
a great team and like-minded people who wants to see                      See p. 19 for more details.
positive change happen...In partnership we can achieve
our goals.”                                                               “For me I like working with IWDA because we work
– Jacob Zikuli, Country Manager                                           together in promoting women. I really believe women in
                                                                          the Solomon Islands need to be more involved in decision-
Environmentally sustainable development cannot be achieved                making, especially within communities. IWDA has been
without gender equity. We hope to develop and implement                   very helpful in bringing new information to build on what
not just direct outcomes for communities, but to demonstrate              I have, and to work with gender in sustainable livelihoods.”
how gender can be integrated in the work of an environmental              – Doris Puiahi, Sustainable Livelihoods Officer
organisation to achieve more sustainable development outcomes.

“IWDA is a women’s organisation that really focuses on
developing women, specifically gender. Capacity building
for women and girls will be beneficial to families and
communities in the Solomon Islands as a whole!”
– Kristina Nanau, Gender Officer

We are currently in the first year of a five year project titled
‘Building community resilience: natural resource management –
Tugeda tude fo tomoro’, funded by AusAID’s Solomon Islands NGO
Partnership Agreement. The project focuses on engaging women
in leadership and rural livelihood initiatives, and working with men
to create space for women’s involvement. We support inclusive
discussions, planning, decision-making, and learning in 33 rural
communities. To do so, community-based staff work as facilitators
in gender-balanced pairs.

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                                                                Photo: Bonney Corbin

              “Working in partnership people are
              very encouraging, we can work towards
              well-being for women and involving
              women in decision-making processes.
              IWDA have been very good at assisting
              our projects and programs – they are
              about more than just standard project
              – Merbilly Pitadunga, APHEDA (Union Aid Abroad)

When women benefit, the whole community benefits. 5
Focusing on women

our vision
IWDA’s vision is for a just, equitable and sustainable world where
women enjoy the full range of human rights, where women and
men interact with dignity and respect, and where women have an                                                                 Huy Kit from Cambodia.
effective voice in economic, cultural, civil and political structures.                                                         Photo: Anne Frankenberg

our mission
IWDA works in partnership with women focused and women-
led groups and through advocacy to create empowering and
transformative change for women in the Asia-Pacific.                     We enhance skills and strength
                                                                         Our approach is based on community-based development and
our thematic areas                                                       we prioritise collaborative efforts. This means that we support our
We work in four thematic areas:                                          partners to identify their strengths and their communities’ skills
   Women’s economic empowerment                                          which would benefit from further assistance. We train local staff
   Women’s safety and security                                           and assist them to design and implement their own projects, so
                                                                         they become effective agents of change. For us, this community-
   Sustainable livelihoods and natural resource management
                                                                         driven approach is the way to assure the sustainability and long-
   Women’s civil and political participation                             lasting impact of our projects.
We also promote two additional cross-cutting and advocacy                We advocate and influence policies
                                                                         IWDA seeks change at both a practical and structural level. We
   Women’s right to education and information                            work to promote women’s rights in and through development and
   Women’s right to health and well-being                                to influence development priorities, policies and practice. Helping to
                                                                         change the circumstances of individual women and communities is
See pp. 12 to 21 for more details.                                       important – but for lasting change, we need to address the barriers
                                                                         that perpetuate poverty and discrimination so that both women
We believe in partnership
                                                                         and men can help shape the future.
For IWDA, partnership is our philosophy. Working with locally-based
partners means that we support women to identify and act on their        We train other organisations
priorities and implement their own initiatives. In other words, we       We have achieved a depth of expertise in our gendered approach
‘walk with them’ because partnership is key to ensuring that our         to development which can be a resource to other organisations
projects reflect the priorities of women and that those projects are     with a shorter track record in this area. We have developed
relevant, feasible and sustainable.                                      IWDA Gender Wise, a gender training and advisory service which
We work in partnership with women, and men, from local                   works with other organisations and NGOs on strategies to assist
communities from Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon               them to apply a gender lens to their work, ensuring that IWDA has
Islands, Sri Lanka, the Thai-Burma border region, Timor-Leste and        a far-reaching impact in the sector.
Vanuatu. We recognise that the women we work with are the                See p. 12 for more details.
experts in their own lives.

See p. 8 for more details.

   “My vision was of an inclusive organisation of women…I do believe that IWDA has been a catalyst for the development
   sector and challenged the views and thinking of other agencies. Today all development agencies acknowledge the
   important role that women play in development, but that was not so when IWDA began.”
   – Wendy Rose, interview for IWDA ‘Herstory’ 2005.

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                                                             Young students at the
                                                             Karen Young Women
                              L                              Leadership School helping
                              Woman from Timor-Leste.        each other to read a letter.
                              Photo: Anna Stone              Photo: Renae Davies

Woman from Vanuatu and
participant in the research
project, ‘making the
invisible visible – gender,
water, sanitation and
hygiene in the Pacific’.
Photo: Gabrielle Halcrow

        living with discrimination and inequality                                           Women are effective agents of change
        In every country, women are still directly facing discrimination and                Our work is underpinned by the fundamental premise that
        gender inequality. And this situation is profoundly entrenched in                   ensuring that women are active participants in all aspects of
        developing countries. Women are marginalised and the majority                       economic, social and political life is one the most powerful ways
        of those living in poverty.                                                         of creating change in communities.

        Poverty affects both men and women. But they are not impacted                       Women are not powerless victims. We know from experience
        by it in the same way. Women’s primary responsibility for their                     that when women are supported, they gain control over their
        children means they spend their time working hard in the fields,                    lives and the situation in their communities. When women know
        fetching water, collecting food, looking after young children and                   their rights, they can take action to claim them. By being in an
        carrying the burden of domestic work. Often, this work is not                       environment free of violence, they can take control of their lives.
        acknowledged and when resources are limited, women are                              When women have means of generating income, they can invest
        forced to make sacrifices which put at risk their own health and                    in the education and health of their children.
                                                                                            Focusing on women is not just about equity and rights. It is also
        In many developing countries, when young women and girls face                       about effectiveness and impact. Because when women benefit,
        poverty and discrimination, they have to work instead of going to                   they share the benefits with their families and invest in their
        school. When women have a job, it is often in the informal sector                   communities.
        with restricted labour rights which leads to exploitation, reinforcing
        women’s economic inequality. Because they are marginalised,                         By advancing gender equality, we aim to positively impact on the
        women are at risk of facing violence with no ways to escape it.                     lives of women, and to support those women to have a positive
                                                                                            impact in their families and communities.
        Because of custom and culture, women in many countries are
        denied access to community and political structures. They are                          According to the World Bank, when women earn an income,
        excluded from decision-making processes which prevents their                           they reinvest 90% of it in their families and communities.
        needs from being heard.                                                                In Cambodia, the Cow Banks that were started with support
                                                                                               from IWDA in the mid-90s are now sustainably managed by
        As a result of this deep and persistent discrimination, women have                     women in the villages.
        limited opportunities to make choices about their lives, to have
        access to resources such as land or credit, to gain knowledge and
        skills, and to be heard within their communities.
                                                                                               Voices from the field
        When human rights are denied
                                                                                               A bright and prosperous future
            More than a billion people live on less than US$1 per day;
            3 out of 5 are women and girls.1                                                   On the Thai-Burma border, IWDA is supporting a project
            Despite producing 60 to 80% of the food in developing                              preparing young women to become leaders in their
            countries, women own only one per cent of the land.2                               communities. Our local partner, the Women’s League of
                                                                                               Burma (WLB), so beautifully told us “In our work with young
            1 in 3 women will suffer from some sort of violence in their                       women, we aim to empower them and help them to gain
            lifetime.3                                                                         knowledge, different skills and work with them to develop
        1 United Nations Development Program, 2006                                             their critical thinking. In the end, we can see that this work
        2 Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations                              has been powerful in granting them more self-confidence
        3 United Nations Development Program 2006                                              and providing them with necessary support to become
                                                                                               leaders and agents of change. We are very proud of our work
                                                                                               within the Emerging Leaders School as WLB firmly believes
                                                                                               that by creating the spaces to train women for community
                                                                                               organising, we can show them a bright and prosperous
                                                                                               future and they can move beyond a darkness they know too
                                                                                               well toward a safe and peaceful environment.”

                                                                                               See p. 17 for more details.

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  Working with our partners

                                                                 Woman in Sri Lanka.
                                                                 Photo: Ann Wigglesworth

                                                                   Since the beginning, IWDA’s heartland has
                                                                   been our work in partnership with local
                                                                   organisations. This approach is fundamental
                                                                   to making positive and sustainable change.
                                                                   The organisations we partner with have grown within the
                                                                   communities in which they work. We collaborate with our
                                                                   partners to respond to issues they identify as important and
                                                                   that matter to the communities in which they belong.

                                                                   We see our role as a responsive and supportive collaborator
                                                                   that is committed to ‘walking with’ our partners. By bringing
                                                                   together knowledge, experience and resources, we address
                                                                   shared priorities.

                                                                   We are not ‘doing the work’ of development on the ground.
                                                                   Instead we are committed to enabling our partners to undertake
                                                                   their work more effectively and sustainably. We recognise that
                                                                   the interests of women and men are best served when local
                                                                   communities mobilise local community capacity.

                                                                   our partners are like-minded organisations
                                                                   IWDA is distinctive because we are not looking just for
                                                                   efficient and effective partners, but we seek to partner with
                                                                   organisations with a common vision towards gender equality.
                                                                   Most are local grassroots women’s groups working for women’s
                                                                   empowerment and that are committed to gender equality.
                                                                   Others are organisations that value women’s empowerment
                                                                   and believe this is the smartest way to achieve effectiveness
                                                                   in their work.

                                                                   We also know that women’s organisations have, historically,
                                                                   played a critical role in progressing women’s rights. Working
                                                                   in solidarity with them is a way to build a broader movement
                                                                   for gender equality in the Asia-Pacific region.

   Best WIsHes FroM our partners From Lway Cherry, ‘Sisters from the Palaung Women’s Organisation’, Thai-Burma border
   “We have had the privilege of working with IWDA over the past three years. Working together with IWDA has
   been a source of strength and inspiration to us. Without this partnership and solidarity, we would not have been able
   to achieve our goals in improving the lives of Palaung Women and women of Burma as a whole.
                      Through our partnership, the Palaung Women’s Organisation (PWO) has been able to help many needy
                      Palaung women to improve their lives, building the confidence and reduce the violence against women
                      in the communities. We look forward to working with all the members of IWDA for another 25 years.
                      Again, may we take this opportunity to extend our Congratulations and Best Wishes to everyone at
                      IWDA on this auspicious occasion. We love the slogan of IWDA: When women benefit,
                      the whole community benefits.”

Photo: Renae Davies

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                                                                        Clara, Highlands woman
                                                                        in PNG.
                                                                        Photo: Deb Chapman

                                                                                                       Kantha Shakthi team,
                                                                                                       Rohini Weerasinghe
                                                                                                       (on the right) Executive
                                                                                                       Director and mobilisers.
                                                                                                       Photo: Ann Wigglesworth

sharing and growing with our partners                                 By working in partnership, we mobilise communities to make
Our vision of partnership is dynamic and evolving. We know            positive changes happen and for greater longer-term impact.
that organisations’ priorities can vary over time reflecting          Women have improved access to skills and opportunities, which
changes and different needs of their communities. That’s why          results in enhanced self-esteem, confidence and leadership
we facilitate strategic discussions with them about planning,         skills. These outcomes are ‘owned’ by the women and their
financing and program development. This also allows us to             communities, so they are enabled to maintain them and pass
deepen our understanding of their contexts, strengths and areas       them on to the next generation.
for further support.

During the implementation of the activities, Program Managers
regularly visit partner organisations to monitor and evaluate             VoICes FroM tHe FIelD
progress, identify particular challenges and work with them                                      Wilson David Fiualakwa, Acting Project
to resolve or overcome them. IWDA staff also promote                                             Manager, Live and Learn in the Solomon
information exchange, drawing on resources and expertise                                         Islands was asked what the partnership
from the Australian community, from other overseas partners                                      with IWDA represented to him. In response,
and international networks.                                                                      he wrote this poem:
Our efforts are directed towards enabling our project partners
to determine and pursue their own priorities, so they can actively        Life is a partnership
transform their communities. We build a respectful relationship           Progeny with its mother
by supporting partners’ self-determination to develop and                 Women men and children
implement project activities. Sometimes, beyond providing technical
or management inputs, our staff are a source of emotional support         Humanity with the environment
and encouragement to give them the confidence to continue                 Environment with humanity
and grow.                                                                 Life cannot be without each other

our partners drive changes in their communities                           Live & Learn together with IWDA
We recognise our partners as the drivers of change as they have           Working together for the betterment of this Country
the knowledge and experience about the environment in which               Woman and man work together for equity
they work. Planning generally involves an interactive dialogue            I have appreciated this partnership
with them about how to build on current work or which of their            I have learnt more than visualised
priorities best aligns with our thematic and geographic priorities.       Each day is a day of partnership for learning and inclusiveness
                                                                          of humanity
                                                                          Long live IWDA

                                                                          28 July 2010                                            Photo: Bonney Corbin

   Best WIsHes FroM our partners From Vinaka-Shukriya, Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Executive Director, fem’LINKPACIFIC, Fiji

                      “Thank you IWDA – as a big sister you were there when we were learning to walk and helped us grow
                      and learn in our first decade. You indeed epitomise the meaning of development partnership with
                      your mobilisation of technical and financial resources, because you believe in our work. Here’s to a
                      strengthened sisterhood as we continue to walk and work together into a decade for fem’LINKPACIFIC
                      and IWDA. With sincere gratitude and solidarity…”

Photo: Fiona Basile

                                                         When women benefit, the whole community benefits.       9

                                             Margot Prior and Lyn
                                             Nossal at the IWDA donor
                                             event in Melbourne.
                                             Photo: Sofia Sjödin

One of IWDA’s roles is to promote women’s
rights in, and through, development and
to engage a broader audience through our
educational and advocacy work.
We aim to build a better understanding of the relevance of gender
equality, women’s empowerment and human rights. We collaborate
with other individuals and forge links with organisations to improve
an environment in Australia for work focused on women’s and girls’      In 2007, in the United States, the Women’s Funding Network
empowerment.                                                            set a new challenge: to attract investments in women’s funds of
                                                                        US$150 million over the following two years in order to fund more
Building a global feminist movement                                     programs to benefit women and girls. It established a Women
asia pacific Breakthrough                                               Moving Millions campaign which raised over US$181 million from
The Women, Faith and Development Summit to End Global Poverty,          women in the US and internationally.
held in Melbourne in December 2009, was a major undertaking,
                                                                        australian Women Donors network
initiated by IWDA and supported by over 20 organisations including
AusAID, the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne, and         IWDA is a founding member and an active participant in the
development, faith and women’s organisations in Australia and in        Australian Women Donors Network, a growing community of
the region. The initiative was modelled on a Breakthrough event in      philanthropic women and men promoting investment in women
Washington in 2008 which resulted in the creation of the Women,         and girls. This is a global movement encouraging more women and
Faith and Development Alliance (WFDA).                                  men to join the conversation, to make investments and to become
                                                                        involved in achieving positive social change to benefit all society.
The WFDA is focused on global efforts to reduce poverty by
increasing political will and action to increase investments            Mary Hawkins, our President, contributes as a Board member,
in women’s and girls’ empowerment around the world. It is               and IWDA’s active involvement with the network gives us the
especially focused on gaining greater traction in relation to           opportunity to share our experiences in building sustainable
Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 and 5.                              partnerships that benefit women and girls in developing countries.

At the Asia Pacific Breakthrough Summit, a new Asia-Pacific WFDA        Women Mobilising Millions
was launched to catalyse an Asia-Pacific-wide movement to increase      As part of the Australian Women Donors Network, IWDA was one
investment in women and girls. The new alliance held a session at       of the partners hosting an Australian series of Women Mobilising
the 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to            Millions events, featuring Helen LaKelly Hunt and Christine Grumm,
report on the commitments made in December 2009. The session            co-founders of the global Women Moving Millions movement.
was attended by over 300 people and provided encouragement              Women Mobilising Millions was a series of events and a media
and support for this new global movement.                               campaign designed to elevate women and girls to the top of the
                                                                        philanthropic list and to encourage investment in them with even
Women’s Funding network                                                 greater commitment by women and men.
This year, we have strengthened our connection with the
Women’s Funding Network, a global movement of more than 160             This was also an opportunity for us to invite IWDA donors to
women’s foundations in 26 countries on six continents, all with         events in Sydney and Melbourne to meet the charismatic Christine
a shared commitment to creating lasting social change. IWDA’s           Grumm, who is also President of the international Women’s
association with this network provides access to a global peer          Funding Network. These events provided an opportunity to raise
group of women-focused organisations, and opportunities to              the profile of IWDA’s work and to work collaboratively to reinforce
share best practice.                                                    the benefit of investing in women and girls.

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                                                                                                                               One Just World:
                                                                         Breakthrough 2009,                                    celebrating International
                                                                         opening ceremony.                                     Women’s Day.
                                                                         Photo: Fiona Basile                                   Photo: Gita Chetty

advocating for women                                                     Other organisations and individuals who engaged with IWDA and
one Just World                                                           our work include the Department of Justice in Victoria, Yabbo
                                                                         Thompson, Jane Bange and Amnesty International Tasmania,
Our involvement in the One Just World forums is a key medium
                                                                         Hepburn Shire Victoria, University of Sydney, Latrobe University,
for engaging with a wider audience and for highlighting the
                                                                         Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Williamstown High School, Amnesty
importance of gender in development. One Just World is a
                                                                         International Sydney, Craigieburn Health Service and Tap Gallery
partnership between IWDA, World Vision Australia, AusAID and
a university in each state to present a national series of free after-
work speakers’ forums. The aim is to involve the community in            Our main event was the One Just World forum at Federation
conversation and debate on key international development issues          Square, which had as its topic, ‘How women can change the
facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond.                           world’. It attracted almost 700 people and included IWDA Executive
                                                                         Director Jane Sloane, ANU Professor of International Law Hilary
Our participation is critical to communicate the gender dimensions
                                                                         Charlesworth, Victorian Equal Opportunity Commissioner Helen
of each topic, as we work to build a well-informed and engaged
                                                                         Szoke, the Women’s Circus, Sierra Leone women’s choir and singer
Australian community and to encourage active participation in
                                                                         Kavisha Mazella who performed the ‘Women’s Anthem’.
development matters. At the end of June 2010, One Just World
forums have had total audience numbers of over six thousand,             We look forward to International Women’s Day 2011 which will
and after attending forums, audiences self-rated their ‘level of         mark 100 years since this date was first celebrated.
inspiration to act’ at 76%. These forums have also been an
excellent opportunity for a number of our project partners to talk       speaking engagements
directly to the public about their work and the issues they are          Speaking engagements are an important means to directly raise
responding to.                                                           awareness of the role of gender in development, to promote our
                                                                         work and give a voice to our partner organisations and to engage
International Women’s Day – March 8                                      donors and volunteers.
Each year, we celebrate International Women’s Day to emphasise
women’s achievements and their strength in adversity in regards of       During this year, we have developed our public advocacy events
the challenges they face every day. In 2010, many of our friends         to reach a broader audience. We spoke to primary and secondary
and supporters partnered with us to mark International Women’s           schools, tertiary institutions, at workplaces, service clubs, donor
Day around the country and we were pleased to be involved in nine        groups, and events organised by sectoral women’s organisations
events across the nation.                                                Some requests are initiated by interested members of the public
We had an overwhelming interest in our work. Many schools and            contacting us to speak on a particular topic or for a specific event.
universities requested speakers, friends got together to fundraise on    For us, it is important to continue to speak out in the community to
our behalf, and organisations decided to fundraise, hold lunches or      engage more young people in social justice issues and to underline
sell Kachin pins (small dolls on a pin made by Kachin women on the       the relevance to all of a gender-based approach.
Thai-Burma border). The Third Sector Magazine held their inaugural
Women’s Networking Lunch as a fundraising event for IWDA and
raised over $6,000 towards our work. National Australia Bank
employees sold over 2,000 Kachin pins.

   IWDA wanted to demonstrate a different way to “do development”. Founder Wendy Poussard said that “many women
   are saying that the only really successful projects for women are those in which women are initiators and managers
   of the development process,” And it was with a firm belief in the strength of international sisterhood and women’s
   solidarity that IWDA was established as the first Australian agency run for and by women. In 1985 the ‘world’s smallest
   office’ opened, with some big ideas to spread. Wendy Poussard said “It was a happy time for me, a good time to begin
   an organisation run by women for women and a good time to be thinking wildly about development.”

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                                                                                                              Thailand (Burma border)

  Creating change                                                      Sri Lanka                                        Papua New Guinea

  through our programs
                                                                                                                                 Solomon Islands


establishing IWDa Gender Wise
While IWDA has offered gender training and advisory services
on a consultancy basis for many years, this year saw the
establishment of IWDA Gender Wise, a gender training and
advisory service with the recruitment of a dedicated staff
member. It aims to increase IWDA’s impact and influence by
supporting program partners and also by working in partnership
with other development organisations, providing gender
training and other gender advisory services.
                                                                       our holistic approach reflects the complexities
We believe that strengthening the capacity of both individuals         of women’s lives
and organisations to advance gender equality is an essential
                                                                       Women lead complex lives with responsibility for productive,
component of strengthening the global development effort.
                                                                       reproductive and community work, sometimes referred to as
We work to encourage and support a stronger focus on gender            the ‘triple burden’. They often undertake more than one of these
issues from all development players (NGOs, government,                 responsibilities simultaneously, caring for children while tending
corporate and community).                                              crops, or preparing food while exchanging market information
In late March, IWDA conducted a three-day gender training for          or discussing strategies to resolve a community conflict.
TEAR Australia. TEAR has chosen to take a holistic approach to         Empowerment is a complex process that requires change at
a process of engendering the organisation itself, and contracted       multiple levels – individual, household or family, and social levels.
IWDA to facilitate a ‘train the trainer’ workshop focusing on          For women who face gender discrimination every day, it may be so
gender as an organisational issue. While gender is frequently          deeply established in the culture that it can seem ‘natural’ even to
seen as a ‘technical’ issue for programming, there is often little     those disadvantaged by it. Enabling change in this context requires
recognition that organisations and workplaces themselves are           action on many fronts.
gendered spaces in which the experience of women and men can
be very different. We remain in contact with TEAR informally as        Opportunities for extending women’s knowledge, skills, life choices,
they carry forward their engendering process.                          confidence and participation in decision-making can often be built
                                                                       around livelihood activities, or women’s traditional responsibilities.
Plan International Australia and Plan Tanzania contracted IWDA         To contribute to a sustainable and just world for women, IWDA
to conduct gender training as part of its Kisarawe Water,              takes a holistic approach that reflects the complexities of women’s
Sanitation and Hygiene Phase II project in Tanzania. Plan has          lives and enables changes. As a result, many of our programs
committed to strengthen integration of gender equality and             address more than one of our thematic priorities.
social inclusion into this project. This year, we worked intensively
with a small group of local staff to build knowledge of gender         our focus: the asia-pacific region
and development. We also supported them to facilitate a two-           The Asia-Pacific countries are our nearest neighbours. We
day training workshop for forty project staff and stakeholders.        recognise the high need in Australia’s immediate neighbour-
The training was part of a longer review and planning                  hood and the close links which Australia has with the region.
workshop, and led to the incorporation of gender-related
strategies into implementation planning.                               In addition, being geographically close to our partners facilitates
                                                                       the sharing of resources, developing networks, partnerships and
IWDA is working through ongoing partnership with WaterAid              expertise to effectively support partners and strengthen local
Australia on a one-year AusAID-funded project in Timor-Leste.          women’s organisations in Asia and the Pacific.
In June, we conducted strengths-based action research in two
communities in Liquica, Timor-Leste with WaterAid and two of its       IWDA has been working in the Maldives with Live and Learn
local partner NGOs to investigate the positive gendered outcomes       Environmental Education (LLEE) to support women’s economic
of sanitation, hygiene and water activities. The research process      activities and provide gender training to promote women in
provided a powerful tool for women and men to discuss gender           leadership roles in their communities. During a visit to the
issues in a non-threatening way. The research was also conducted       Maldives this year, LLEE stressed the importance of gender
with a group of staff, which provided a safe opportunity for           equality work. IWDA organised for the LLEE Maldives staff to visit
women and men to discuss their gendered experiences in the             the ‘Mobilising for Empowerment’ project in Sri Lanka to learn
workplace. IWDA will continue to provide support to build the          from Kantha Shakthi’s successful empowerment strategies.
gender-responsiveness of the project as a learning process that
WaterAid can extend to its other programs.

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                                                  Two mobilisers from                                               Mana Celestina
                                                  the Mobilising for                                                da Conceicao, of
                                                  Empowerment project in                                            Grupo Haburas Goronto
                                                  Sri Lanka.                                                        in Timor-Leste.
                                                  Photo: Ann Wigglesworth                                           Photo: Glenda Lasslett

Women’s economic                                                                   of success about ways women’s groups in their community have accessed
                                                                                   sustainable livelihoods, overcome obstacles, and together identified ways to
empowerment                                                                        overcome challenges.

We focus on giving women greater independence and choice, and more control         Impact: The Taking Steps Project is working with sixty women in four rural
over where money is spent in their communities. Barriers to accessing education    women’s groups in the districts of Covalima and Bacau, bringing young
and discrimination translate into lower skills and knowledge levels and poorer     women and older women together to build on their strengths to use their
returns to women’s labour. Women spend shorter hours in paid work but more         resources for sustainable livelihoods – both cash income and food security. The
hours in work overall than men. Much of the work women do is not valued            first activity proposals have been approved, with support for sewing machines,
and goes uncounted in national accounts. Women’s household, subsistence            agricultural produce storage and marketing of tais (traditional woven cloth)
and caring responsibilities are not seen as ‘work’ but as women’s domestic         providing tangible outcomes for two groups already.
duties, so this work is done on top of other paid work.                            Mobilising for empowerment
economic, social and political empowerment                                         Sri Lanka
                                                                                   Partner Kantha Shakthi
of women affected by the tsunami
                                                                                   Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)
Sri Lanka
Partner Kantha Shakthi                                                             Issue: As in many countries in the world, societal oppression of women in Sri
Funding source Melbourne Community Foundation                                      Lanka is associated with denial of basic rights, violence against women, lack of
(Morawetz Social Justice Fund)                                                     mobility and participation, and under-representation in decision-making. Many
Issue: The 2004 Tsunami that swept 80% of the coastal area of Sri Lanka killed     women feel confined within their households and bear their burden in silence.
45,000 people and displaced up to 800,000 people. Women were particularly          Outline: Kantha Shakthi’s socio-economic mobilisation program empowers
affected, their livelihood and everything they had saved, including their          women through access to credit, skills development, education, capacity
homes, destroyed. Women in tsunami-affected areas continue to rebuild their        building, labour sharing and social and emotional support via their involvement
lives and livelihoods while taking care of their families with small incomes and   in small groups. The program also provides women with opportunities to
limited voices in decision-making at all levels in society.                        advocate and participate in awareness-raising activities on issues of women’s
Outline: Kantha Shakthi supports and empowers women to overcome                    rights at community and national levels.
discrimination and oppression and to challenge patriarchal power structure. They   Impact: Over 500 women members took part in training and discussions of 16
aim to create a society free from violence against women, where women and          topics focused on women’s empowerment. The issue of domestic violence resulted
men respect each other. Kantha Shakthi works in the tsunami-affected south to      in the formation of “Sahajeevani”, a special unit created to resolve family conflicts
mobilise women into savings and support groups, and to take up the challenges      and to support female-headed households and single women. The unit has
faced by women in their daily life.                                                worked with 20 families to address violence and improve family relationships.
Impact: There are 568 women members in three project areas with access             This project also promotes women’s civil and political participation, women’s
to credit and training for small businesses, and social and emotional support.     safety and security.
Research was conducted with 485 women members to identify support required
to achieve full economic independence. As a result 80 women from these small
groups participated in Select Your Business training and 80 women participated        Voices from the field
in the follow-up program Generate Your Business. In three project locations           Going from strength to strength
women are working to create sustainability of the activities beyond the period
of project funding.                                                                   Long-term IWDA partner Kantha Shakthi (which means
                                                                                      ‘Strength of women’) is bringing women together in a
This project also promotes women’s civil and political participation, women’s         powerful act of lasting empowerment.
safety and security.
                                                                                      The positive impacts of these projects have been considerable.
taking steps: empowering rural women in                                               A woman described her life before and after her involvement
timor-leste to access sustainable livelihoods                                         with Kantha Shakthi. “After I left school, I married my
                                                                                      husband and I thought my purpose was to look after him
                                                                                      and our house and children. My husband was very patriarchal
Partners Covalima Community Centre (CCC) and Baucau
Buka Hatene (BBH)                                                                     and now he has changed… When I joined Kantha Shakthi
Funding source Trust Fund (anonymous)                                                 small savings group I discovered poetry and I learnt to express
                                                                                      myself through dance and to speak in front of a group about
Issue: Approximately 88% of Timorese women work in agriculture, compared              my experiences. I can share problems and we can laugh
with 82% of men. They are also estimated to own over 40% of micro-                    and plan together. I feel alive now, I love the theatre we
enterprises. However, women are under-represented in the formal sector, are           make together and I have created a vegetable garden to sell
paid less, and have lower levels of education attainment. Women are held              produce. I sew garments to sell too so we have income for
back by a male dominated culture, a triple time burden as they combine their          education and health needs… I feel strong and I feel good
businesses with social and domestic responsibilities, and by vulnerability to         about what I can produce, within myself as much as with my
poverty and the everpresent risk of natural disaster.                                 hands and body. I have a platform for my talents. There are
                                                                                      no words to speak about the very big change in my life.”
Outline: This project aims to improve rural women’s access to sustainable
livelihoods and to empower them as actors in development. Rural women, and
especially young women, will have the opportunity to come and to share stories

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                                                         Informal settlement leaders
                                                         creating positive change
                                                         and having some fun too!
                                                         Photo: Courtesy of Women’s                                    Theatre performance.
                                                         Action for Change                                             Photo: Renae Davies

Women living in and growing in informal                                                Impact: 75 women experiencing domestic violence, rape or trafficking were
settlements                                                                            provided with safe accommodation and support services through the Safe
Fiji                                                                                   House. Following return to their villages, over half of these cases were provided
Partner Women’s Action for Change (WAC)                                                with ongoing support and assistance by female Commune Councillors.
Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)                                       Community action against Violence against Women
Issue: 60–80% of people living in Fiji’s 182 squatter settlements live below           Cambodia
the poverty line. Despite significant structural and social barriers to achieving      Partners Banteay Srei, Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association
sustainable livelihoods, women are challenging gender norms, restrictive               (ADHOC), AusAID
household environments, and negative stereotypes to provide an income,                 Funding source AusAID Cambodia Cooperation Agreement
food, and security for their families.                                                 Issue: Gender-based violence, including domestic violence and trafficking are
Outline: The project has focused on supporting and developing the self-                widespread in Cambodia. Laws against violence are not always implemented
esteem, conflict analysis, mediation capacity, business skills and advocacy            and levels of acceptance and impunity are high.
techniques of women living in informal settlements so that they can bring              Outline: Working in 40 villages, the project utilises a variety of empowerment
about social and economic change within their communities.                             strategies, and works with local groups, to give men and women opportunities
Impact: WAC’s program contributed to the empowerment and skills                        to change attitudes and behaviours related to violence against women. The
development of more than 100 women from 18 informal settlements in Fiji.               project aims to empower individuals and communities to identify and realise
Workshops promoted solidarity and dialogue across ages and ethnic groups               their own solutions to reduce gender-based violence, and works with local
and provided training in cooperative management, catering, care-giving,                authorities to ensure responses to domestic violence are non-discriminatory.
computers, baking, and mechanical basics. Network strengthening through                Impact: Activities were completed in December 2009 and the evaluation
this project has also directly and indirectly contributed to other areas of            demonstrated that the project has made a positive and lasting impact in
work by these women, for example on the ‘F-Word Project’ play. Women                   reducing violence against women. In each village, attitudes and behaviours have
are increasingly using drama and the arts to affirm and honour real stories,           changed and communities have reduced their level of acceptance of violence by
identify and share strategies with other women, and working to end all forms           20%. 50% of women and men involved in the project also indicated that they
of gender-based violence.                                                              now know how to solve problems in the family without violence.
                                                                                       Community strengthening and gender mainstreaming
Women’s safety and security                                                            in Integrated Mine action
We focus on women’s right to a safe and secure life, free from violence                Cambodia
and conflict. Addressing violence against women and girls is at the heart of           Partners World Vision Cambodia and World Vision Australia
supporting women to realise their rights. Violence remains a devastating reality       Funding source Australia Cambodia Cooperation Agreement
in all parts of the world. According to a 2006 study from the UN Secretary-
                                                                                       Issue: Integrated Mine Action attempts to alleviate poverty through
General “Violence against women is the most common but least punished
                                                                                       economic development and community initiatives addressing issues related
crime in the world.” This is a serious public health issue: among women aged
                                                                                       to contamination of land with Explosive Remnants of War.
15–44 years, violence accounts for more death and disability than cancer,
malaria, traffic injuries and war put together.1 It perpetuates and deepens            Outline: Over the last three years, IWDA has worked alongside World Vision
poverty, limiting women’s ability to contribute socially and economically.             Cambodia to ensure their mine action work is based on gender analysis and
1 World Health Organisation, 2005
                                                                                       consideration of the need, impact and benefit for women and men. We work
                                                                                       at the village and commune levels to ensure women’s voices are included in
Banteay srei safe House                                                                planning processes and development activities. At the national level we work
Cambodia                                                                               to ensure that policies and practices of integrated mine action
Partner Banteay Srei                                                                   are gender-sensitive and inclusive.
Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)                                       Impact: In 2009 IWDA implemented an innovative and successful pilot project
Issue: Violence against women remains one of the most pervasive issues                 on gender sensitive Mine Risk Education. Targeting the group most at risk
in Cambodia, however there are few services available for affected women.              of landmine casualties, young men and boys, participants developed positive
Along with a lack of emergency shelters, women also face barriers due to               messages (or raps) and performed them at a hip-hop music concert for their
costly transport and a prohibitively expensive legal system.                           peers, discouraging them from engaging in risk-taking behaviour that leads to
                                                                                       landmine accidents. After significant achievements in mainstreaming gender
Outline: As the only women’s refuge in Battambang Province in Cambodia,                into Mine Action policy and practice in Cambodia since 2006, IWDA exited the
the Safe House provides vital assistance to women experiencing gender-                 project in January 2010.
based violence. While addressing practical needs through temporary
accommodation, medical and psychosocial services, the Safe House also                  This project also promotes women’s civil and political participation.
provides women with basic education about their rights. It also works
alongside other NGOs to provide legal support if women wish to seek
redress through the justice system.

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                                                     Advocating for peace
                                                     and unity.                    Palaung Women’s
                                                     Photo: Sharon Bhagwan         Organisation staff member.
                                                     Rolls                         Photo: Renae Davies

Freedom from family and sexual violence                                            pWo Capacity building and documentation
Papua New Guinea (PNG)                                                             Thai-Burma border
Partner Eastern Highlands Family Voice (EHFV)                                      Partner Palaung Women’s Organisation (PWO)
Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)                                   Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)

Issue: Increasing inequitable and inappropriate development is exacerbating        Issue: Palaung women living in rural areas have limited educational
law and order issues in PNG. Coupled with high levels of gender inequality,        opportunities and generally lack knowledge about their rights or gender
this contributes to family breakdown and gender-based violence. Solutions are      equality. In these communities, gender-based violence is a significant problem,
more likely to be lasting, effective and culturally appropriate when developed     with many women believing that the violence perpetrated against them is
by communities themselves.                                                         socially acceptable.
Outline: The project works with rural communities to create alternatives to        Outline: This project aims to strengthen community responses to violence
common and violent methods of conflict resolution. EHFV provides counselling,      against women through training, increasing the skills and capacity of staff to
support and referral services and community education about family violence        implement community activities such as organising, mobilising and facilitating
and child rights. EHFV is supported to train, support and monitor community-       peer education activities. Strengthening educators’ capacity and developing peer
appointed volunteers to promote community peace-building throughout the            education is a strategy to raise awareness and contribute to reducing violence
province. Recent support has focused on reviewing and streamlining EHFV’s          against women in Palaung communities.
cohort of volunteers to deepen the program’s impact, and enabling better
                                                                                   Impact: Through a one month training program on issues related to women’s
monitoring and evaluation.
                                                                                   rights and community mobilisation, 15 women have increased capacity to work
Impact: Implementing the recommendations of the review has been a priority         with village members to address gender-based violence. They demonstrated their
for EHFV and this has been done by engaging the staff and Board and selected       abilities through the facilitation of 13 peer education workshops to an outreach
number of volunteers from the cohort. This has greatly contributed to building     of over 200 women. They also conducted an extensive survey on the prevalence
the capacity of the personnel which is already resulting in participants taking    and perceptions of gender-based violence. It documents the experience of over
ownership of the values, vision and mission of the organisation. This is the       600 women and men and provides vital baseline information from which to
foundation for a volunteer program which will be better tailored to community      assess the impact of future initiatives.
needs, more responsive to local circumstances and able to collect evidence
                                                                                   stop violence tV campaign
to support both the counselling services and advocacy and policy work of
the organisation.                                                                  Solomon Islands
                                                                                   Partner One News TV Ltd
peace talks                                                                        Funding source IWDA supporters and Australian Ethical Investments
                                                                                   Issue: In the Solomon Islands, violence against women is a serious issue with
Funding source AusAID                                                              rates reportedly among the highest in the world. The problem is exacerbated by
                                                                                   pervasive poverty, the low status of women, the impact of ethnic tensions and
Issue: Peace Talks is the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 for      women’s complete absence from Parliament.
women’s NGOs and policy makers in the Pacific. UN Security Council Resolution
                                                                                   Outline: The project supports development of a television series, ‘Stop Domestic
1325 (UN SCR 1325) mandates women’s engagement in formal peace-building,
                                                                                   Violence’ that targets young women and men in the Honiara area and aims to
peace keeping, conflict resolution and conflict prevention processes. However,
                                                                                   reduce violence and generate community discussion and promote non-violent
women’s civil society often has limited access to meet with policy makers in the
                                                                                   means of conflict resolution. The series defines the issue and includes the views
Pacific, who often lack experience and knowledge of how to integrate UN SCR
                                                                                   of police, leaders, chiefs, survivors of violence, and street interviews with young
1325 into regional and national human security.
                                                                                   people to gauge attitude and opinion. It also promotes alternate ways to resolve
Outline: This multi-year project raises awareness of and commitment to the         domestic conflicts and promotes services available to help those affected.
implementation of UN (SCR 1325) in the Pacific region. fem’LINKPACIFIC drives
                                                                                   Impact: One Television is the only Solomon Islands owned and led television
this focus through strategic media and communication activities and by linking
                                                                                   channel, and with great popularity in June 2010 the channel began operating
with key policy processes in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Bougainville.
                                                                                   24 hours per day. It is estimated that the television channel reaches 60,000
Impact: Since IWDA supported the initial pilot project in 2007                     people in Honiara and 20,000 in the provinces. The first series of ‘Stop Domestic
fem’LINKPACIFIC has continued to effectively lobby regional agencies to            Violence’ generated much community debate and reflection, demonstrating
progress the development of a Regional Women, Peace and Security Action            the effectiveness of local TV in social issues. The second series is now in filming
Plan. Using regional and international networks, the agency has ensured that       phase, targeting rural populations by presenting positive alternatives to violence
Pacific women’s human security concerns are raised onto the policy agenda, and     against women in provincial areas.
that regional ‘peacewomen’ continue to gain an increased knowledge of
UN (SCR 1325) and skills to gather data and report on their own national
context. fem’LINKPACIFIC’s regional network’s annual policy report continues
to be a source of policy recommendations which are distributed through
media and government officials at national, regional and international levels.

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                                                       Two volunteer facilitators
                                                       and domestic violence
                                                       survivors in Cambodia.                                                         Uy Sothy from Cambodia.
                                                       Photo: Anne Frankenberg                                                        Photo: Anne Frankenberg

Women, communities and police addressing sexual
and gender-based violence in the Highlands                                          Voices from the field
Papua New Guinea (PNG)                                                              communities taking action to protect women
Partner Kup Women for Peace
Funding source IWDA supporters and UNIFEM Trust Fund Ending Violence                In 40 villages across two Cambodian provinces, a group
Against Women                                                                       of male and female volunteers, called Gender Peace
                                                                                    Networkers (GPN), are raising awareness of women’s rights
Issue: In PNG, violence is endemic, particularly in the Highlands. Deteriorating    and addressing violence against women. In Cambodia,
law and order, attributed to growing inequities and exacerbated by legacies of      violence against women is a widespread issue and as a
colonialism and inappropriate development, is contributing to rising violence,      female GPN has highlighted: “Men also know that women
often against women. The impacts of violence are gendered, affecting women          have rights, but they still violate women’s rights…maybe
and men differently, and compound other major issues including the HIV              because men used to have power, make decisions, manage
epidemic, which disproportionately affects women.                                   family.”
Outline: The project supports local management, design and delivery of              The Community Action Against Violence Against Women
community gender training with local peace officers, mediators, police and          (CAAVAW) project run by IWDA project partners, Banteay
community leaders. Sadly, however, during this year Kup Women for Peace have        Srei (BS) and Cambodian Human Rights and Development
faced an extended period of tribal fighting which has not only resulted in loss     Association (ADHOC), aimed to engage with men and local
of life, injuries and property damage, but has also severely disrupted community    communities to develop village-based strategies to promote
activities and destroyed vital infrastructure and services. IWDA continues to       non-violent ways of resolving conflict and to reduce
support Kup Women for Peace to rebuild their programs following the resolution      violence against women.
of conflict through advocacy and organisational capacity building.
                                                                                    As a result, violence against women is reported to have
Impact: Recent conflict has highlighted the integral importance of community-
                                                                                    decreased in villages. Changes at village levels are made:
based and community-led peace building initiatives and, although the specific
                                                                                    “I think that the people have learned from BS and ADHOC.
activities of this project have been placed on hold while the security situation
                                                                                    They have taught villagers and they understand about
is being resolved, IWDA looks forward to working with Kup Women for Peace
                                                                                    violence against women which leads to the loss of property
as they continue their valuable work.
                                                                                    and assets, so people understand. Now, when they have
Women’s resource Centre                                                             a small quarrel, they discuss it with their husband or wife.
Thai-Burma border                                                                   Sometimes the Village Chief goes to their house to discuss
Partner Palaung Women’s Organisation                                                with them.”
Funding source IWDA supporters
                                                                                    Local authorities are also witnessing positive change.
Issue: With limited access to economic opportunities, educational resources         One member told us: “In my village, violence has
or information about their rights, Palaung women of Burma are vulnerable            reduced through a lot of education and promotion.
to gender-based violence and human trafficking.                                     Now, people are better informed and have started to
                                                                                    change, so violence has reduced, but has not been
Outline: The crisis and resource centre provides emergency shelter and services
                                                                                    completely eliminated.” Even though project activities
for women who have been trafficked or experienced violence, and provides
                                                                                    were completed in December 2009, the GPNs continue
them and other women in the community, the opportunity to access information
                                                                                    to work in the villages and the long-term impacts of the
on key issues such as human rights, violence against women, reproductive
                                                                                    project have already been identified. As local authorities
health and family planning.
                                                                                    have emphasised, “Through GPNs and LAs (Local
Impact: The number of women accessing the centre increased this year                Authorities), knowledge has gone to the people and
with over 20 women who had been trafficked or were in situations of crisis          some of them have started to understand their rights.”
being provided with essential direct assistance. In order to address women’s
vulnerability, over 170 women participated in monthly workshops and accessed
resources through the centre and its mobile library service and gained invaluable
knowledge and awareness about their rights and services or programs
addressing gender-based violence.

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                                                          The Generation Next team.                                           Karen Young Women’s
                                                          Photo: Courtesy of                                                  Leadership School teacher.
                                                          fem’LINKPACIFIC                                                     Photo: Renae Davies

Women’s civil and political                                                              Karen young Women’s leadership school
                                                                                         Thai-Burma border
participation                                                                            Partner Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO)
                                                                                         Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)
We focus on women’s rights to equal representation and participation
in decision-making at all levels. In our region in particular, women are hugely          Issue: Women are under-represented in positions of community leadership and
under-represented in parliaments. No political system can be regarded as                 decision-making along the Thai-Burma border. For women living in refugee
fully democratic when over 50% of the population is not adequately                       camps there is limited access to education after year 10, and few opportunities
represented. Women’s full participation in decision-making processes across              for training to develop leadership skills.
all areas of life – social, cultural, civil, political and economic – is critical from   Outline: The Karen Young Women’s Leadership School is one of the few ‘post
the perspectives of human rights, democratic representation, and sound                   10’ schools providing opportunities specifically to young women, developing
outcomes that reflect the needs, priorities and contributions of women and               practical leadership skills that will benefit the student and also her community.
men. Ensuring women’s full, equal and effective participation in decision-               This project promotes women’s empowerment and aims to give young women
making is also one of the most effective ways of improving the status and                a voice, to increase their confidence and capacity to engage in decision-making,
well-being of women.                                                                     and to have more control over the decisions that affect their lives.
emerging leaders program                                                                 Impact: This year, 29 young Karen women graduated from the school following
Thai-Burma border                                                                        10 months study and a two-month field work placement. Through the field
Partners Karen Women’s Organisation and Women’s League of Burma                          work placements in nearby refugee camps, students were able to apply what
Funding source IWDA supporters and The Robert Christie Foundation                        they had learnt in the course and gain invaluable experience in working with
Issue: Women’s voice and contribution is significantly lacking from positions of         community-based organisations to promote gender equality and human rights
leadership and decision-making, despite their active involvement in the struggle         for all.
for peace and democracy in Burma.                                                        This project also addresses women’s right to education and information.
Outline: Two residential schools support young women participants of various             KWo evaluation
ethnic groups from Burma to strengthen critical thinking skills and leadership           Thai Burma border
abilities through a participatory curriculum including topics on democracy and           Partner Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO)
human rights, development, policy making and advocacy. This project aims to              Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)
increase women’s representation in civil and political leadership and decision-
making in the pro-democracy movement in Burma, supporting them to become                 Issue: This evaluation supports KWO and IWDA to better understand and
active citizens, future leaders and agents of change.                                    assess the long-term impacts of the Karen Young Women’s Leadership School
                                                                                         on graduates and their wider communities.
Impact: 29 young women graduated from the Emerging Leaders Program
this year with demonstrated confidence in speaking out on issues of concern              Outline: With the support of IWDA, KWO have been implementing the
to them and increased knowledge and skills to actively work alongside men                Karen Young Women’s Leadership School since 2001. Over the last nine years,
and engage in decision-making processes and structures. Most graduates                   146 young women have graduated from the school with increased knowledge
from last year’s program are continuing to inspire, educate and mobilise                 and skills to enable them to engage in community level leadership and
women in their communities, working with local organisations and facilitating            decision-making.
peer education workshops.                                                                Impact: The evaluation findings demonstrate that, at the individual and
Generation next community radio project                                                  household level, the project has contributed to increased confidence and sense
Fiji                                                                                     of empowerment for graduates; positive changes in gender relations evidenced
Partner fem’LINKPACIFIC                                                                  by family and spouse relations, decision-making and family planning; increased
Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)                                         access to resources and opportunities for graduates, such as further education,
                                                                                         training or employment. At the community level, the project has encouraged
Issue: Women in rural and urban areas of Fiji have limited opportunities and             increased participation, representation and acceptance in governance structures.
pathways to participate in dialogue and decision-making around social and                As a result of the project overall, women have increased agency to influence
political issues that impact on their lives.                                             decision-making and use their voice to highlight issues of concern to them and
Outline: Using fem’LINKPACIFIC’s Community Radio Station, the project trains             women in their communities.
young women to be radio producers and broadcasters, building non-traditional
vocational skills and bringing women’s voices on current issues to local and
national audiences. The weekend radio broadcasts of ‘fem’TALK 98.2 FM’
promotes awareness of women’s rights, discussion of social and economic
issues, and offers a safe space for women of all ages to discuss and contribute
to shaping Fiji’s future.
Impact: Young women have increased skills, confidence and capacity to script,
produce and broadcast media content including radio dramas, topical interviews
and digital stories. Rural and urban women have increased opportunities to
engage in public discussion on key policy issues and have their voices heard
by policy makers and service delivery agencies in Fiji.

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                                                                                      Karen Young Women’s
                                                                                      Leadership School closing
                                                         SWAN staff.                  Photo: Angela Wylie –
                                                         Photo: Renae Davies          The Age

strengthening Women’s participation in Municipal
Partner Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific Project
Funded by United Nations Democracy Fund

Issue: Women have limited opportunities for meaningful participation in
decision-making, or access to leadership roles, in local governance in the Pacific.
Outline: The project aims to advance the role of municipal governments
in achieving gender equality. The project focuses on deepening women’s
participation in leadership and decision-making roles, increasing support
for women working in municipal governments, and building skills and
commitment to develop gender sensitive governance policies, procedures,
consultation processes and service delivery.
Impact: The project’s Women in Local Government Network hosts regular
activities for women working in local government, promoting mentoring
opportunities, discussion of gender issues within local governance and service
delivery, as well as the confidence of members. Stories of current and past
women local councillors and management staff have been documented and
                                                                                         Voices from the field
published to promote recognition of women’s important role and achievements
                                                                                         Knowledge is strength
in local governance. A regional database on women in decision-making is being
compiled in partnership with the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat and research is        Karen young women on the Thai-Burma border are
underway into options for special temporary measures in the local government             strong, determined and committed to furthering their
context in the Pacific.                                                                  education and increasing their capacity to be leaders in
Women’s empowerment program                                                              their community. Their courage is evident, even through the
Thai-Burma border                                                                        journey, walking several days or weeks through the jungle
Partner Shan Women’s Action Network                                                      to cross the border from Burma to the refuge of Thailand.
Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)                                         IWDA has supported the Karen Young Women’s Leadership
                                                                                         School (KYWLS), run by our partner the Karen Women’s
Issue: Without information about their rights, supportive networks, or influence         Organisation (KWO), since its inception in 2001. The school
in decision-making, Shan women remain vulnerable to situations of exploitation           aims to provide opportunities of skills development for
and violence.                                                                            young Karen women and to promote women’s leadership
Outline: This project contributes to women’s empowerment, advancement                    and participation in decision-making.
and well-being by raising awareness of issues around violence and overcoming             Nan Dah Eh Kler, KWO General Secretary, is a passionate
barriers to women’s participation. The project also promotes solidarity and              woman who knows that knowledge is strength and key
awareness-raising through community celebrations, where men, women and                   to women’s empowerment. “At the grassroots level, we
the whole community are working together to uphold human rights and reduce               provide a lot of trainings to empower women, like Human
incidences of gender-based violence.                                                     Rights and democracy training, and other trainings such
Impact: 10 women’s exchange forums have enabled 223 women to access and                  as on women’s leadership, which has contributed to more
share information and strategies to better advocate for positive change in their         women being aware of their human rights. It is very powerful
communities. With increased knowledge, confidence and capacity, participants             for them to know.”
have indicated positive changes in family planning arrangements and more
                                                                                         And changes in attitudes, behaviours and beliefs are also
equitable gender relations as they share information from the forums with their
                                                                                         happening. As Milton, a male leader in the camp committee,
families and communities. Three events linking grassroots communities to global
                                                                                         and a long-term member of the KYWLS committee told us:
activities for the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women and
                                                                                         “In the past, we didn’t have a chance to study women’s
International Women’s Day, attended by over 1800 people also demonstrated
                                                                                         rights and human rights, so the men thought the women
a commitment of women and men to work together to address violence
                                                                                         have to stay at home, and only the men were making all the
against women.
                                                                                         decisions…We didn’t intentionally want the women to suffer
                                                                                         – but our decisions affect them and sometimes make more
                                                                                         work for the women…Now that we have women in decision-
                                                                                         making roles, it’s changed, because they can be the voice
                                                                                         of the women. So when we make a decision now, it’s good
                                                                                         we don’t exclude the view of the women. We want to make
                                                                                         peaceful decisions for everyone and now the decisions we’re
                                                                                         making are getting better.”

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                                                               Women’s voices in the
                                                               design process in the
Woman from Vanuatu.                                            Solomon Islands.
Photo: Gabrielle Halcrow                                       Photo: Gabrielle Halcrow

        sustainable livelihoods and                                                          Outline: The project is working towards increased recognition and value being
                                                                                             placed on women’s knowledge and roles in natural resource management
        natural resource management                                                          alongside men within community governance frameworks. The project will
                                                                                             promote the active participation of local communities in the development of
        We focus on strengthening women’s right to make decisions about                      sustainable forest use plans, and the development of transparent and inclusive
        the utilisation and management of natural resources for equitable and                processes to manage forests in Santo, Vanuatu.
        environmentally sustainable livelihoods. As women produce an estimated
        80% of the world’s food, caring for the environment and natural resource             Impact: Environmental training delivered by Live and Learn Environmental
        management is an essential element of IWDA’s work. We also work towards              Education in Santo has resulted in the development of an action plan for
        increased recognition and value being placed on women’s knowledge and roles          local forest management and increased awareness of environmental issues
        in natural resource management within development discourse, policy and              associated with logging. Women, alongside men, were engaged in this inclusive
        community governance.                                                                participatory process, which raised their confidence to speak out on natural
                                                                                             resource issues in their community.
        Building community resilience: natural resource
        management – tugeda tude fo tomoro
        Solomon Islands
        Partner Live and Learn Environmental Education Solomon Islands
        Funding source AusAID Solomon Islands NGO Partnership Agreement                         Voices from the field
                                                                                                taking women’s voices seriously
        Issue: Logging, unsustainable use of natural resources and changes in land use
        are putting rural communities in the Solomon Islands under increasing pressure.         Water is an inestimable resource and every woman plays
        Women are largely ‘invisible’ in current decision-making. This exclusion is itself      a key role in the provision, management and conservation
        part of the social problems experienced by many communities in the Solomon              of water in their communities. In the Pacific, we are
        Islands because approaches do not reflect women’s knowledge or a long-term              witnessing the positive outcomes involved when space is
        perspective about sustaining resources.                                                 given for women to make decisions on water and sanitation
                                                                                                committees. As a female water committee member told us:
        Outline: This large five-year project supports sustainable natural resource
                                                                                                “I was elected to committee and am very proud, it is unusual
        management and livelihoods with rural communities impacted by logging.
                                                                                                to have a woman on a committee and contribute to decisions
        Increasing women’s say in decision-making is key to developing more
                                                                                                e.g. about payment for water etc. I feel more respected by
        sustainable management practices that meet the needs of the whole
                                                                                                my husband, like my status has improved and I am taking
        community. The core of this year’s activities has been finishing the design
                                                                                                more of a leadership role also in the religious group of which
        phase and building a network of community facilitators to decentralise
                                                                                                I am a part. In my family the relationship is improved and
        resourcing. There has been dialogue building between community and
                                                                                                I am happier.”
        governments (provincial and national) seeking to influence sectoral policy,
        practise, and standards.                                                                For women to participate in decision-making, changes in
        Impact: Through a network of community facilitators project staff have                  men’s attitude towards supporting women’s involvement
        worked with 33 rural communities to establish relationships, develop networks,          and genuinely wanting to hear their views is key. As a man
        implement learning circles, and to open dialogue on gender, natural resource            described: “Women can speak but they still don‘t have
        management, and sustainable livelihoods. At national level a national gender            confidence in themselves. In a meeting, women have very
        and natural resource management forum was attended by approximately 50                  good ideas, but they don’t really have the confidence to
        participants to discuss key actions to ensure that the needs of both men and            give them out.”
        women are considered in government ministries.                                          Women’s inclusion in their water committees mean they
        Developing healthy, energy wise communities                                             are taking on leadership roles for the first time within their
        Vanuatu                                                                                 community, which build their self-confidence, sense of
        Partner Live and Learn Environmental Education Vanuatu                                  growing empowerment and increase respect for women
        Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)                                        within the broader community. As a woman reported: “Now
                                                                                                women start to talk in meetings, now there are women who
        Issue: Women have major responsibilities for food production, knowledge                 help take decisions. Before women didn’t talk in community
        regarding forest product use, growing patterns for domestic subsistence use             meetings, now they participate and also take decisions. It
        and cash based livelihoods. Despite this, across Melanesia, women play only             makes me so proud that we have a voice in development
        a limited role in natural resource management and are marginalised in all areas         compared to previous years where only men talk.”
        of decision-making at community level.

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                                                      Young program
                                                      Photo: Courtesy of                                           Jia Surt from Cambodia.
                                                      Tulele Peisa                                                 Photo: Anne Frankenberg

raising the voices of women on land and resources
Papua New Guinea (PNG)
                                                                                  Cross-cutting themes
Partner Wide Bay Conservation Association                                         IWDA generally works with small independent women’s organisations and
Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)                                  other NGOs towards our key thematic areas. In general we do not make a
                                                                                  major contribution to health or education programs which typically partner
Issue: In matrilineal areas such as Pomio in rural PNG, women are the
                                                                                  with respective government departments. However IWDA does hold women’s
traditional custodians of the land and their roles in building their clan, land
                                                                                  right to health, and women’s right to education, as critical components to
and resource ownership make them very important in society. However, with
                                                                                  women’s empowerment.
pressures to develop land for oil palm plantations and an increasingly market-
driven economy, women’s status as partners in decision-making is changing.        Women’s right to education and information is not the sole focus of any
Women are at risk of being mere spectators in development.                        specific project but we do address the need for education or training in
                                                                                  almost all of our programs. It is thus considered a cross-cutting issue. As an
Outline: The project aims to increase women’s organisation, visibility and
                                                                                  example, we have been working with our long-term partner, Karen Women
voice in discussions and decision-making around their natural resources in
                                                                                  Organisation, running the Karen Young Women’s Leadership School. While
areas where resources are at risk because of unsustainable development
                                                                                  this project has an education focus, it was also significantly focused on civil
practices. The project brings together women’s networks to address land
                                                                                  and political leadership. The decision to name ‘women’s right to education
and environmental issues while providing basic life skills training.
                                                                                  and information’ as a thematic area recognises that education is an
Impact: In this second year of the project, Wide Bay Conservation Association     important vehicle for furthering the status of women. It is thus a focus of
facilitated four women’s forums to a network of clan-based women’s groups.        our advocacy and policy influencing work as well as permeating projects
The network was supported to increase women’s voices in land use and              across other thematic areas.
sustainable development through the delivery of three consultative forums.
They were combined with basic life skills training such as soap making and        Women’s right to health and well-being is another area in which we pursue
health training as requested by the participants.                                 opportunities to promote access to appropriate and empowering health
                                                                                  outcomes. Global estimates indicate that more than 340,000 women
raising young women and men’s voices                                              still die in childbirth every year, and millions of women have many more
on climate change issues                                                          children than they would choose to have. Almost half the HIV-positive
Papua New Guinea (PNG)                                                            people in the world are now women. Gender inequality and women’s
Partner Tulele Peisa                                                              inability to negotiate safe intimate relations is at the heart of the global
Funding source IWDA supporters and AusAID (ANCP)                                  HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) challenge. Access to
                                                                                  sexual and reproductive health care and the right to make decisions about
Issue: The Carterets Islands off the coast of PNG, are affected by rising         their bodies enables women to plan the number of children they have
sea levels and climate change, forcing the community to begin planning for        and care for themselves and their families. IWDA believes that supporting
relocation. Tulele Peisa (TP) is an indigenous women-led Bougainville NGO         women’s empowerment (economic empowerment, civil and political
co-ordinating the voluntary relocation of the Carterets Islanders, and raising    participation, or ensuring freedom from violence) is fundamental
awareness about the human impact of climate change.                               to improve the health of women and children.
Outline: Youth speaking tours have enabled young women and men to speak
                                                                                  east new Britain sexual Health Improvement project
out about the impact of climate change on their communities and promote
                                                                                  Papua New Guinea (PNG)
cultural understanding between Carterets Islanders who need to relocate
                                                                                  Partners Burnet Institute, Cairns Sexual Health Centre, East New Britain
and Tinputz communities on mainland Bougainville that will share their
                                                                                  Provincial Health, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
land with relocating communities. Livelihood and community development            Funding source AusAID through PNG-Australia Sexual Health Improvement
training for both the relocating and recipient communities are supporting         Program
those communities to increase their skills, knowledge and understanding of
sustainable livelihoods opportunities as a part of adaptation and relocation.     Issue: In order to reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases
                                                                                  and increasing HIV rates, women and men need to be both able and willing
Impact: In this second year, a group of six young women and men travelled to
                                                                                  to access sexual health services.
eight locations around Tinputz and continued to advocate on climate change
and share what is happening in the Carterets. They played a key role in           Outline: IWDA contributes gender expertise to this project managed
relationship building and exchange of knowledge and culture, and in raising       by the Burnet Institute to reduce the rate of HIV prevalence in East New
the voice of people directly affected by climate change. In addition, a program   Britain Province by providing integrated sexual health services and reaching
of community leadership training looked at issues of gender, leadership and       out to women and men to break down barriers to seeking information
management to enable active community participation in decisions around the       and treatment. As part of this project, IWDA is providing technical support
relocation program.                                                               to a gender-sensitive community-based response which aims to empower
                                                                                  women and men to make positive and informed sexual and reproductive
                                                                                  health decisions.
                                                                                  Impact: This four-year project is in its third year and community
                                                                                  engagement activities have extended to several districts. IWDA has
                                                                                  supported the Burnet Institute to develop ongoing training for up to 200
                                                                                  women and men volunteer community activists or ‘Stret Tokers’ and is
                                                                                  supporting reflective practice for the program staff to support the program’s
                                                                                  continuous improvement.

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                                                         Participant of the ‘making
                                                         the invisible visible’ research
                                                         in Vanuatu.
                                                         Photo: Gabrielle Halcrow

strengthening our
focus on research
We have significantly strengthened our focus on research, through specific
research projects and within development projects. Developing research projects
is a core priority to deepen our understanding of regional and global trends
on gender issues. This is essential to provide tools and techniques to respond
appropriately. We are engaged in four research partnerships to improve the
measurement of quality gender work.

assessing development: designing better indices
of poverty and gender equity
Asia, the Pacific and Africa
Partners Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National
University, in collaboration with the Crawford School of Economics and
Government, Oxfam Great Britain (Southern Africa Region), University of
Colorado at Boulder and the Philippines Health Social Science Association
Funding source IWDA supporters and the Australian Research Council,
with in-kind support from the above partners                                               Measuring gender equality outcomes of economic
                                                                                           growth in the pacific: working with communities
Issue: Ending poverty is a global priority. Measuring poverty in a way that                to develop indicators that monitor change
is sensitive to the different circumstances of women and men is an ethical                 Pacific Regional, Solomon Islands and Fiji
imperative and critical to using development resources effectively. Current                Partners University of Western Sydney, Macquarie University, Fiji National
measures are flawed, not least because they rely on data about households,                 University, Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA), Live and Learn Environmental
which obscures inequalities among household members.                                       Education and Women’s Action for Change, Fiji.
                                                                                           Funding source AusAID Australian Development Research Awards
Outline: Developing a new poverty measure that is gender-sensitive and
informed by those experiencing poverty is a key focus of this three-year research          Issue: Economic development programs have the potential to create both positive
project. This year focused on reviewing literature and research, developing the            and negative impacts on women and men’s lives and on power relations between
methodology and identifying lead researchers in the six field work countries.              men and women.
The first of three phases of field research commenced in June 2010.
                                                                                           Outline: This two year participatory research project seeks to develop culturally
Results expected: Better measurement of poverty and gender equality will                   grounded, community level indicators to measure gender equality impacts of
enable better assessment of impact, more informed choices about where to                   a variety of economic development programs in the Pacific whilst building the
focus development resources, and a sounder basis for policy development and                research skills and capacity of partner agencies.
service delivery.
                                                                                           Results expected: Case studies, policy papers and an indicator monitoring
Making the invisible visible – gender, water,                                              manual will enhance the effectiveness of government, donor, and NGOs
sanitation and hygiene in the pacific                                                      to identify, support and promote inclusive, sustainable, empowering and
Pacific Regional, Vanuatu and Fiji
                                                                                           equitable economies.
Partners Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney,
                                                                                           triple Jeopardy: gender-based violence, disability,
World Vision Vanuatu and Live and Learn Environmental Education Fiji
Funding source AusAID Australian Development Research Awards
                                                                                           right violations and access to related services among
                                                                                           women in Cambodia.
Issue: Women play key roles in providing, managing and safeguarding                        Cambodia
water and sanitation. Their exclusion from development processes focused                   Partners Monash University, CBM Australia, Banteay Srei (BS) and Cambodia
on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) reduces the effectiveness and                      Disability People’s Organisation (CDPO)
sustainability of interventions and can reinforce existing inequalities. Gender            Funding source AusAID Australian Development Research Awards
equity is a vital consideration in, and can benefit from, improving access to
water and sanitation.                                                                      In Cambodia, women with disabilities (WWDs) face multiple disadvantages
                                                                                           as a result of the interplay of gender, disability and poverty. However
Outline: This collaborative and participatory research project focuses on                  there is little data available on the experiences of WWDs regarding
documenting successes, enabling factors and measures of engendering water                  gender-based violence, and how these differ from non-disabled women.
and sanitation initiatives, drawing from two Pacific case studies that incorporate         Working with Australian-based and local partners, the Triple Jeopardy
gender strategies and support community decision-making processes. The aim                 research aims to look at the current status of policy and practice in
is to build on existing strengths and provide a learning process for all involved.         Cambodia, and identify barriers and facilitators to accessing services
Results expected: Contextualised case studies and guidance materials                       and programs for women with disabilities experiencing violence.
on working effectively with women and men in WASH programs have been
                                                                                           Research activities are scheduled to begin in early 2010/11.
developed and are currently being trialled by participating NGOs. These will
increase the capacity of partner organisations to integrate gender into water
and sanitation projects and benefit women.

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supporting IWDa

                                              Woman from Vanuatu.
                                              Photo: Gabrielle Halcrow

supporting our work                                                      From time to time, when we had the chance to have one of our
The financial contributions of our supporters are essential to IWDA.     partners in Australia, we held light lunches or afternoon teas
Over the last financial year, they generously donated to our appeals     to present their work. They were excellent occasions for our
and through our regular pledge program Empower, bought gifts             supporters to hear directly from our partners the difference their
from our Gifts of Change catalogue, gave through their workplace         work is making to the lives of women.
and shared a vision of the future through bequests.
                                                                         Interns and volunteers
We would like to thank all of our Empower donors for their               Interns and volunteers are essential to IWDA. They donate their
generous ongoing commitment. IWDA’s Empower pledge program               fantastic skills, time and knowledge to provide us with assistance
provides crucial funds and allows us to invest in the long-term.         with a range of tasks such as research and communications
Empower donors sign up to monthly, quarterly or annual donations         support. They contribute to every facet of the organisation and we
and collectively contributed $374,673.50 this year.                      simply would not be able to achieve what we do without them!
In November 2009, eight supporters participated in our Challenge         Interns
for Change Great Ocean Walk, organised with Raw Travel. They             This year, 16 women have participated to the life of the
trekked along 55 kilometres of breathtaking coastal road and             organisation as interns. Often they receive credit towards their
collectively fundraised $9,711, in a great way to raise funds for        university studies or their internship is the first step of their work
and awareness of IWDA’s work.                                            experience.
This financial year, we continued our ‘film nights’ with a               Ali Capp, E-Gender Intern | Amanda Roach, E-Gender Intern |
contribution from each ticket sold going to support our work             Beth Park, Programs Intern | Briony Mackenzie, E-Gender Intern
with our partners. The four fundraising nights in Melbourne have
                                                                         | Elaine Gordon, Work Experience | Ellie Ryan, Work Experience |
attracted a regular audience and raised $8,993. We are planning          Harriet Boothman, Herstory Intern | Joanne Sharp, Herstory Intern |
to expand these events to other states in 2010/11.                       Johanna Heyduk, Breakthrough Intern | Kajsa Berg, Gender Equity
Fundraising for our work                                                 Working Group Intern | Louise Kilgour, Programs Intern | Madeleine
                                                                         Moore, Breakthrough Intern | Megan Tasker, E-Gender Intern | Sara
IWDA’s supporters also undertook community fundraising by
                                                                         Elzahbi, GYI Intern | Vivian Green, Programs Intern | Zazie Tolmer,
holding their own events and seeking support for us. We provide
                                                                         Herstory Intern.
resources and support via our website and we now partner with
Go Fundraise and Everyday Hero, online services which facilitate         Volunteers
fundraising. For example, in October 2009, Emma Harley sought
                                                                         Forty-four volunteers contributed 1623 hours work to IWDA in the
a fundraising initiative that would raise awareness of the daily
                                                                         2009/10 financial year. Their generosity and willingness to donate
struggles of millions of women and bravely pledged to give up
                                                                         their valuable time are greatly appreciated.
chocolate for a year.
                                                                         Amanda Roach | Anna Griffin | Bridget Mattingly | Catalina Perez
During the last 12 months, supporter groups have grown across
                                                                         | Emily Balsarini | Emma Duncan | Fia Walker | Glenda Lasslett |
Australia. This presence in other states allow us to expand our
                                                                         Harriet Wynne | Helen Henderson | Iona Roy | Jane Vagg | Jessica
connections, raise awareness and raise funds across Australia, as we
                                                                         Ritchie | Joanna Brislane | Joanna Molloy | Jools Thatcher | Kei Judd
work with our sister organisation across the Asia-Pacific region.
                                                                         | Kelly Brown | Krystal Pate | Leanne Whitehead | Lisa Elford | Lisa
strengthening our relationships with supporters                          Horsburg | Lupita Manzo | Marie Chung | Muklesh Rahman | Nany
We continued to keep supporters updated about our work and               | Olivia Ross | Penny Chang | Philip Pambai | Phuc Nguyen-huu |
how their contribution is supporting women in the Asia-Pacific           Rachel Gallagher | Rachel Reilly | Rebecca Crozier | Robyn Clarke |
region. Our annual report, newsletters, brochures, flyers and            Romi Grossberg | Sandra Murray | Sarah Zadeh | Sreedevi Sreedevi |
website are a regular source of information about our projects.          Steph Doodson | Stephanie | Suzie Morton | Tanaka | Tina
In addition, we reinforced our online presence through regular
e-newsletters and the use of social media such as Facebook
and Twitter.

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                                                        Day Wah Htoo with
                                                        a friend reading the
                                                        Burmese news.
                                                        Photo: Angela Wylie –
Liz Minchin                                             The Age

        “But after a recent trip to the Thai-Burma
        border for a story in The Age, I have much
        better reasons to donate than before.”
        liz Minchin, IWDa supporter and journalist with
        The Age
        In the past when people asked, ‘What’s IWDA? And why do you             There are good Australian reasons to support IWDA too. Renae
        support them?’ I’d trot out the standard answers: it was about          Davies1 is IWDA’s program manager for Thailand and Cambodia,
        making the world a fairer place, and investing in girls and women       and works with groups like the Karen Women’s Organisation,
        makes good economic sense too.                                          which runs Day Wah Htoo’s former school.

        But after a recent trip to the Thai-Burma border for a story in         On our long, bumpy drive to the camp, I asked how she avoids
        The Age, I have much better reasons to donate than before.              feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the problems in places
                                                                                like the Thai-Burma border. This is one of Renae’s reason for doing
        One of them is Day Wah Htoo. A sparky 19-year-old, I met her            what she does. “I just focus on what I can do, and the small
        the day she graduated from the Karen Young Women Leadership             changes we can make. If you can help make a difference
        School, an IWDA-funded, locally-run project in a refugee camp.          in even one woman’s life, it feels pretty amazing.”
        Day Wah Htoo could easily see herself as a victim. Her father died
        when she was two, one of her brothers was killed by a landmine,         * Liz Minchin began donating to IWDA as a teenager with money from
        and her home in Burma was burnt down by soldiers, forcing her             working after school at Target. Now an award-winning journalist with
                                                                                  The Age, she is also the co-author with scientist Dr Donna Green of Screw
        mother and remaining brothers and sisters on a dangerous jungle
                                                                                  Light Bulbs, a book on big-picture climate solutions. Both authors are
        trek across the border.                                                   donating their royalties to IWDA.
        Yet she’s an irrepressible optimist. For now, her goal is to increase   thank you liz and to all our donors!
        women’s say in local decision-making; long-term, her dream is to
        represent her people as a politician in a free, democratic Burma.
                                                                                    Renae Davies is one of IWDA’s Program Managers. All the wonderful women
                                                                                    of this team are, every day, applying their energies, skills and hearts to support
        Father-of-seven Milton is another good reason to support IWDA.              our partners in the Asia-Pacific and to make positive change a reality.
        Milton said he grew up with the assumption that women stayed
        at home, while men made all the decisions. But he’s watched
        his eldest daughter’s confidence blossom through her leadership
        training, and he wants more girls to share her ability to speak
        alongside men.

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our people

our Board Members                                                                 ruth owens
Mary Hawkins                                                                      Treasurer
President (Since Nov 2009)                                                        Board Member since 2007
Board Member since 2006                                                           B.Bus.; MBA, FCPA, FAICD
B.Sc; B.App. Sc. (Maths); Grad. Dip. Ed.; Grad. Dip.                              Chair: Finance sub-committee
Info Tech; MBA                                                                    Member: Executive performance & remuneration
Vice President (from July to Nov 2009)                                            sub-committee – Governance sub-committee                                       *
Member: Executive performance & remuneration
                                                                                  Ruth held senior finance roles in both commercial and not-for-profit enterprises
sub-committee – Strategic Partnerships sub-committee
                                                                                  prior to taking up a number of not-for-profit Board positions. Ruth has a strong
Mary brings to IWDA an extensive career in IT and Board experience in the not-    commitment to social justice and in particular to supporting women to achieve
for-profit sector, academia and government agencies. She has chaired a number     their potential.
of Boards and Finance and Audit committees and brings the dimension of IT
Governance to these roles. She is passionate about creating opportunities for     therese McCarthy
women and girls particularly in developing countries.                             Secretary (since Nov 2008)
                                                                                  Board Member since 2007
Coleen Clare                                                                      BA; BSW; LLB; MA (Pol. & Law)
President (Resigned Nov 2009)                                                     Member: Executive performance & remuneration
Board Member since 2002                                                           sub-committee – Governance sub-committee –
B.Ed.; Dip. Soc. Sci.; M.Ed. (Counselling)                                        Programs sub-committee                                                         *
MAPS Churchill Scholar                                                            Therese worked as a consultant to the Public Prosecutor and Amnesty
Member: Executive performance & remuneration
                                                                                  International in Papua New Guinea, and to the UN in Syria and The Hague,
sub-committee – Governance sub-committee
                                                                                  Netherlands. She has considerable experience in working in the area of
Coleen is currently care-taking the role of IWDA Executive Director and usually   challenging violence against women. She also works as a Barrister at the
works as a Social Policy Consultant undertaking work for national bodies,         Victorian Bar.
state community service organisations and individual coaching and mentoring.
Previously Coleen has worked in education, counselling, state and federal         amanda Ford
government and most recently lead the Centre for Excellence in Child and          Board Member since 2009
Family Welfare, Victoria for 12 years. She has worked in developing countries     B. Bus.; Grad. Cert. HRM; MBA; FCPA;
and has a long-term commitment to working for equality and justice for            Dip. FS (Financial Planning)
women, girls and their families.                                                  Member: Finance sub-committee

                                                                                  A broadly skilled Corporate Services manager, Amanda has worked for over
Jan owen AM
                                                                                  twenty years across a number of industries including the not for profit,
Vice President (Since Nov 2009)                                                   government, and private sector, both in Australia and the UK. A Fellow of the
Board Member since 2008                                                           CPA, she is also a member of the Institute of Executive Coaching (Level 2), and
Chair: Executive Performance & remuneration sub-committee
                                                                                  is currently GM- Corporate Services for OzChild – Children Australia Inc.
Member: Strategic Partnerships sub-committee

Recently appointed CEO for the Foundation for Young Australians, for the past     Maree Keating
eight years Jan has been Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia which    Board Member since 2007
aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector. Prior to this Jan    BA (Indonesian & Malaysian Studies); Dip. Ed.; Grad. Dip.
founded the CREATE Foundation and was its CEO for nine years. She is the          Arts (Music); MA (Asian Studies/Women’s studies)
only non US citizen to receive a fellowship for leadership and innovation to      Chair: Programs sub-committee
the Peter Drucker Foundation, USA and has been awarded membership of the
Order of Australia for services to children and young people.                     Maree has managed programs for Australian Volunteers Abroad, Oxfam
                                                                                  Australia and Oxfam Great Britain in Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philipines and
                                                                                  Timor-Leste. She has worked as the senior global gender policy advisor with
                                                                                  Oxfam in the UK and supported gender policy implementation in Africa and
                                                                                  Afghanistan. Currently at Victoria University, she is an academic and researches
                                                                                  equity and access in employment and education since global restructuring.

Photos, except*: Dean Bradley

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Martha Macintyre                                                                      IWDa Foundation
Board Member since 2004                                                               The IWDA Foundation was established in 2007 following a
BA (Hons); Cert. Soc. Anth.; PhD                                                      generous donation from a supporter who wanted to see the
Member: Programs sub-committee                                                        difference her gift could make to women and girls in her lifetime.
                                                                                      IWDA acknowledges with deep appreciation the ongoing gifts that
An anthropologist, Martha has been Director of Gender Studies at the University       have made this important Foundation a significant contributor to
of Melbourne and has published extensively on gender in the Pacific region. She       IWDA’s ongoing sustainability and allowed us to extend the work
has also worked as a consultant for AusAID, designing, evaluating and advising        with women, girls and their families and communities.
on gender and community for a number of major projects.
                                                                                      The goal of the Foundation is to provide financial security for IWDA
tamara Brezzi                                                                         through attracting significant funds and investing these to provide
Board Member since 2007                                                               for the long-term viability and growth of IWDA. The Foundation
BA (Urban Studies); Grad. Dip. (Urban Planning);                                      is managed as a trust by a group of experienced professionals,
LLB (Hons)                                                                            who ensure these significant donations are put to work ‘now and
Chair: Governance sub-committee                                                       forever’ for the benefit of IWDA.

Tamara is a partner at law firm Norton Rose Australia and has been employed           If you would like further information on how to invest in IWDA’s
at that firm and its predecessors since 1998. Tamara practices in town planning/      future and about why making a donation in your lifetime can be
development law and previously was employed as a town planner in local                both financially beneficial to you and the IWDA, please contact
government for 6 years prior to commencing her legal career. She is also              Anne Frankenberg, Deputy Executive Director at IWDA or email
a trustee of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and Vice President of the              us at
Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
sandy Verschoor                                                                       Mary Hawkins
Board Member since 2009                                                               Chair. See opposite page.
BA (Politics/Psych.); Dip. Journ.; MA;
Ph.D.(Bus. Admin.); Churchill Fellow                                                  Gaye Mason
Chair: Strategic partnerships sub-committee                                       *   Secretary
                                                                                      B.Bus. (Accounting); Grad. Dip. App. Corp. Governance; Grad. Dip. App. Info. Systems;
A Board member since May 2009, Sandy has more than 25 years experience
                                                                                      FCPA; FAICD; ACIS; MBA
as an administrator and in senior marketing, communications and development
roles in the Arts and lectured internationally in strategic marketing. Sandy’s past   Gaye is an experienced executive with a career in major corporate spanning
and present participation on many Boards reflect her commitment to active             commercial, governance and general management roles.
participation in community and good corporate governance.
                                                                                      Christine Brown
our staff                                                                             BSc (Hons); MSc; Dip. Ed.; PhD Professor of Finance, Monash University.
Thank you to all staff for putting energy, skills, commitment
and heart in contribution to our work and to make a difference                        Christine has been on the Board (and previous Chair) of Melbourne University
for women in the Asia-Pacific region.                                                 Credit Union since 1990, and has extensive experience in consulting to the
                                                                                      government and private sectors.
Jane Sloane, Executive Director | Allison (Ali) Capp | Ann
Wigglesworth | Anna King | Anne Frankenberg | Bonney Corbin |                         Isolde lueckenhausen
Claire Rowland | Clarissa Leite | Di Kilsby | Donna Davies | Eleanor
                                                                                      BA LLB (Hons) Dip. Modern Languages
Jackson | Glenda Lasslett | Jo Crawford | Joanna (Jo) Shaw | Kalene
Caffarella | Kathy Oliver | Kei Judd | Kelly Brown | Renae Davies |                   Isolde is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Australian Communications and Media
Suzanne Fletcher                                                                      Authority. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at a Melbourne law firm,
                                                                                      practicing in media, intellectual property and communications law. She is
Mike “Thatch” Thatcher, IT Consultant
                                                                                      co-presenter and co-producer of a community radio program and volunteers at
Thank you also to the staff who finished working with us                              the Women’s Legal Service of Victoria.
during the year: Amanda Lovekin | Amy Schwebel | Beverley
Dyer | Caitlin Ryan | Christine Perkins | Deb Chapman | Erin                          ruth owens
McKinnon | Felicia Yeow | Gabrielle Halcrow | Joanna Brislane |                       See opposite page.
Sandra Vaagstoel
                                                                                      tricia peters CFA
                                                                                      MA (Accounting) MBA

                                                                                      Tricia is Director of PetersMcKeown Collaborative Financial Planning and
                                                                                      lectures at RMIT. Tricia was IWDA President 2001-2006, Treasurer 1999-2000
                                                                                      and is a current member of the IWDA Finance Committee.

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  summarised financial report

InCoMe stateMent For tHe year enDeD 30 June 2010                                      stateMent oF FInanCIal posItIon as at 30 June 2010
                            Consolidated                                     IWDa                                Consolidated                                         IWDa
                                          2010        2009        2010         2009                                            2010         2009          2010             2009
                                             $           $           $            $                                               $            $             $                $
revenue                                                                               Current assets
Donations, gifts and events           2,045,185 1,842,757 1,145,185        992,757    Cash and cash equivalents           806,201      1,454,613      566,177       527,776
Legacies and bequests                        —     85,251        —          85,251    Trade and other receivables          67,043        216,689       24,223       180,381
Grants                                                                                Other current assets                  23,254         9,488       23,254         9,488
    AusAID                            1,058,316 1,277,028 1,058,316 1,277,028         total Current assets                 896,498     1,680,790      613,654       717,645
    Other Australian                    246,106   243,172   246,106   243,172         non-current assets
    Other overseas                      229,088   357,332   229,088   357,332         Plant and equipment                   16,092        33,926       16,092        33,926
Interest income                          26,774    27,309    15,167    22,107         Investments                        2,852,413     1,572,273           —             —
Investment income                       127,454   126,152        —         —          total non-current assets           2,868,505     1,606,199       16,092        33,926
Other income                             21,458    10,948   537,816   139,948         total assets                       3,765,003     3,286,989      629,746       751,571
revenue from ordinary                 3,754,381 3,969,949 3,231,678 3,117,595         Current liabilities
activities                                                                            Trade and other payables            111,960        112,683      109,870       110,483
expenses                                                                              Provisions                           47,273         59,203       47,273        59,203
International Programs                                                                total Current liabilities           159,233        171,886      157,143       169,686
    Funds to International programs   1,205,418 1,352,276 1,205,418 1,352,276         non-current liabilities
    Program support costs               638,941   725,557   638,941   725,557         Provisions                              21,332       12,615       21,332        12,615
    Funds to other implementing          75,833    26,100    75,833    26,100
                                                                                      total non-current liabilities         21,332        12,615       21,332        12,615
                                                                                      total liabilities                    180,565       184,501      178,475       182,301
Domestic Programs Expenditure           64,993      73,421      64,993      73,421
Community Education                    450,713     249,230     450,713     249,230    net assets                         3,584,438     3,102,488      451,271       569,270
Fundraising costs                                                                     entity Funds
    Public                             385,534     406,387     385,534     406,387    Reserves                            (171,191)       (53,510)      736,396      934,217
    Government, multilateral &          37,617      47,797      37,617      47,797    Accumulated surplus (deficit)      3,755,629     3,155,999     (285,125)     (364,947)
    private sector                                                                    total entity Funds                 3,584,438     3,102,488       451,271      569,270
Accountability and Administration
    Borrowing costs expense                 575       180         —        —          At the end of the financial year, IWDA had no balances in Inventories, Assets
    Other administration costs          483,422   516,252   481,103   508,987         held for Sale, Investment property or Intangibles categories.
expenses from ordinary                3,343,046 3,397,200 3,340,152 3,389,755
                                                                                      At the end of the financial year, IWDA had no balances in Borrowings, Other
                                                                                      Tax Liabilities or Other Financial Liabilities categories.
surplus (deficit) from ordinary         411,335    572,749 (108,474) (272,160)

During the financial year, IWDA had no transactions in the Evangelistic, Political
or Religious Proselytisation programs category.

During the financial year, IWDA did not record any non-monetary revenue or
expenditure in the income statement.

taBle oF CasH MoVeMents For DesIGnateD purposes
                                                                                      Cash available         Cash raised          Cash disbursed        Cash available
IWDa                                                                                  at start of year       during year             during year        at end of year
Solomon Islands Building Community Resilience                                                      —                571,147             560,369                   10,778
Cambodia Community Action Against Violence Against Women                                     148,988                  9,537             156,357                    2,168
Cambodia Integrated Mines Action                                                              93,814                 10,535             104,349                      —
Asia Pacific Breakthrough                                                                    210,316                116,587             326,903                      —
Other AusAID funded incl ANCP                                                                 51,498                671,128             519,689               202,937
Other Specific Purpose Funds                                                                 344,768                650,139             549,702               445,205
total for designated purposes                                                                849,384              2,029,073            2,217,369              661,088
total for other purposes                                                                     605,229              1,873,232            2,333,348              145,113
total                                                                                     1,454,613               3,902,305            4,550,717              806,201

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stateMent oF CHanGes In eQuIty For tHe year enDeD 30 June 2010
                                           Special Purpose      Investment   Maternity Leave              General            Accum/d                   total
Consolidated                                       Reserve         Reserve           Reserve              Reserve             Surplus
As at 1 July 2008                                  713,718       (425,574)            54,833               30,000            2,718,915             3,091,893
Net surplus for the year                                 —              —                 —                    —              572,749               572,749
Total other comprehensive loss                           —       (562,154)                —                    —                    —              (562,154)
Transfer to (from) reserves                        135,666              —                 —                    —             (135,666)                     —
As at 30 June 2009                                 849,384       (987,728)           54,833                30,000           3,155,999             3,102,488
Net surplus for the year                                 —              —                 —                    —              411,335               411,335
Total other comprehensive income                         —         80,140                 —                    —                    —                 80,140
Transfer to (from) reserves                       (188,296)             —            (9,525)                   —              188,296                 (9,525)
as at 30 June 2010                                 661,088       (907,587)            45,308               30,000            3,755,630             3,584,438

                                           Special Purpose      Investment   Maternity Leave              General            Accum/d                   total
IWDa                                               Reserve         Reserve           Reserve              Reserve             Surplus
As at 1 July 2008                                  713,718             —              54,833                30,000             42,879                841,430
Net surplus (deficit) for the year                       —             —                   —                    —            (272,160)              (272,160)
Transfer to (from) reserves                        135,666             —                   —                    —            (135,666)                      —
As at 30 June 2009                                 849,384             —              54,833                30,000           (364,947)               569,270
Net surplus (deficit) for the year                       —             —                   —                    —            (108,474)              (108,474)
Transfer to (from) reserves                       (188,296)            —              (9,525)                   —             188,296                  (9,525)
as at 30 June 2010                                661,088              —             45,308                30,000           (285,125)               451,271

Note: Consolidated is IWDA and IWDA Foundation.

                                                                                                Income                                      expenditure

                                                                               Donations & Gifts          AusAID Grants       Administration               Fundraising
                                                                                     35%                      33%                14%                          12%

                                                                                   Other Income          Other Grants                    Programs & Education
                                                                                       17%                  15%                                 74 %

                                                                                                             Geographical Distribution of
                                                                                                            overseas program expenditure

                                                                                                              Cambodia         14% Maldives
                                                                                                      Vanuatu                             Pacific Region
                                                                                                        2%                                      3%
                                                                                                    Timor-Leste                            PNG
                                                                                                       8%                                  5%
                                                                                                              Sri Lanka
                                                                                                                 3%        Solomon Islands

                                                                             For a better understanding of an entity’s financial performance and position the
                                                                             summarised financial report should be read in conjunction with the unabridged
                                                                             financial report. A copy of the full financial statements is available upon request
                                                                             by emailing or telephoning 03 9650 5574.

                                                              When women benefit, the whole community benefits.         27
thank you

Thank you for your ongoing financial or
in-kind support during 2009/10.
We appreciate your investment and confidence in our work and
the work of our partners. Your involvement enables us to build
a better and sustainable world for women in Asia and the Pacific.

We would particularly like to recognise the following organisations,
trusts, foundations and individuals who have generously
contributed this year.

Major Funders                                                                                                                Young student living on
                                                                                                                             the Thai-Burma border.
                                                                                                                             Photo: Angela Wylie –
                                                                                                                             The Age

Major Financial supporters
Anne-Marie Delahunt and Meg Clark | Anne Miller | Anne Udy |
Deanne Weir | Dr Meredith Doig | Dr Patrice Braun | Edward (Ted)
Raymond Metham | Fleur Spitzer | Marianne Smulders | Mrs Chris         Critical friends
Paterson | Mundango Abroad Pty. Ltd. | Resources for Courses           We would like to acknowledge the expertise, support and/or pro
| Ruth Owens and Kevin Lynch | Scott Aitken | Sue Robinson |           bono assistance of the following people and organisations in the
Anonymous (4)                                                          past year.

Bequestors                                                             3rd Sector Magazine | Alison Rae Jones | Australian Women Donor’s
                                                                       Network | Barb O’Dwyer | Blue King Brown | Cadbury’s | CBM
Ann Smith | Beverley A Penwill | Jan Dale | Janet Pett | Joan Carlin
                                                                       Australia and Nossal Institute for Global Health, Fareen Walji & Mia
| Madeline Ford | Margaret Bearlin | Margaret Henley | Scott Aitken
                                                                       Urbano | Childwise, Bernadette McMenamin | Chris Burnup | Chris
| Sophie McCarthy | Surya Silva | Susan La Batlus | Susan Meyer |
                                                                       Grumm | Cocoon, Jen Scantlebury | Erica Plompen | Erina Reddan
Anonymous (5)
                                                                       | Farm By Nature, Janice Falzon | Kankelay Sierra Leone Women’s
trust and Foundations                                                  Choir | Kate Hayes | Kavisha Mazella | Kino Cinema, Edwina Ryan |
Australian Ethical Investments | McLeod Family Foundation |            Lisa Edgar | Liz Minchin | Marguerite Young | Mary-Faeth Chenery
Melbourne Community Foundation | Morawetz Social Justice Fund          | Meredith Doig | Pretentia, Mike Thatcher | Raw Travel, Dave
| Paterson Giving Account | Reuben F Scarf Memorial Foundation |       Reynolds | Rosemary Vine | Shaking the Tree | Suzanne Kindervatter
Romaine Rutnam Serendipity Foundation | The Arnold Foundation          | Tuti Scott | VerticalResponse | Viola Design, Anna Carlile | Women’s
| The Malachowski Family Endowment | The Robert Christie               Funding Network | Women’s Circus
Foundation | UNIFEM Trust Ending Violence Against Women |
                                                                       asia pacific Breakthrough, principal and major partners
United Nations Democracy Fund | Anonymous (1)
                                                                       Andyinc Foundation | AusAID | City of Melbourne | Government
pro-bono legal partner                                                 of Victoria | Greenstone Group | The Danish Government | World
                                                                       Vision Australia

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                                                                                                                                 Ruth Maetala, Solomon
                                                                                                                                 Islands NGO Partnership
                                                                                                                                 Agreement (SINPA) staff
                                                                                                                                 Photo: Bonney Corbin

Why is IWDa different from other organisations?                             Can my donation be matched by ausaID
We live in a world where women do around two-thirds of the                  5:1 agreement?
world’s work and produce half of the world’s food; yet earn less            IWDA is able to obtain matching funds that multiply your donation.
than 10% of the world’s income and own only 1% of the world’s               Here’s how it works: AusAID will match $5 for $1 donated to IWDA
property. On average, women earn half of what men earn.1                    by Australian Community donations. As such, a $100 donation
Around the world at least one in three women has been beaten,               becomes $600. There is an annual cap on funds that can be
coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.2                     matched by AusAID on the 5:1 agreement. Most IWDA projects are
                                                                            part of the AusAID NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and hence
We have a distinctive position as a development agency focused
                                                                            are eligible for matching gifts. AusAID is the Australian Government
on women and working in close partnership. We believe that
                                                                            Agency for International Development.
women are agents of change. Development can only be effective
and sustainable if women are active participants in all aspects             What else can I do to support women in developing
of economic, social and political life. When women benefit from             countries?
development and have a say, they share the benefits with their              You can take action to improve the lives of women in developing
families and invest in their communities.                                   countries by:
  United Nations Development Program, 2006. Taking Gender Seriously:           Becoming an Empower donor (our regular giving program)
  Making Progress, Meeting New Challenges. New York, UNDP, p. 9
  World Health Organisation, 2009                               Making a living bequest (see your funds put to use in your
Why is working in partnership effective?                                       Remembering us in your will (make a bequest)
We work in a direct partnership with local organisations that                  Volunteering
have grown within the communities in which they work. This
                                                                               Raising awareness about these issues and IWDA’s work
collaboration is fundamental to making positive and sustainable
changes. Local women understand the issues that challenge their                Hosting a fundraising event for IWDA’s work
day-to-day lives and that need to be changed. We support them
to develop their own responses to these issues.

What are the areas IWDa is working towards?
We work in four thematic areas – Women’s economic
empowerment, women’s safety and security, sustainable
livelihoods and natural resource management, and women’s civil
and political participation. We also promote two additional cross-
cutting and advocacy themes: women’s right to education and
information and women’s right to health and well-being.

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ABN 19 242 959 685
PO Box 64 Flinders Lane VIC 8009 Australia
Tel: 61 3 9650 5574 Fax: 61 3 9654 9877
Donation hotline: 1300 661 812

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