The International Women’s Development Agency is the only Australian development organisation entirely focused on women's rights and gender equality.
Throughout the Asia/Pacific region, IWDA supports development projects in communities which are devised and implemented by local women. Secular and not-for-profit, the IWDA works in partnership to create positive change.
It has project partnerships in Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, on the Thai Burma border and in Timor-Leste.
IWDA was founded in Melbourne in 1985. Its vision is for a just, equitable and sustainable world where women have a powerful voice in economic, cultural, civil and political life.
Deanne Weir was an IWDA board member for three years from August 2012.
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Top banner photo: Young radio broadcasters in Fiji trained by IWDA partner FemLINKPACIFIC
WOMEN AND MONEY
In the Solomon Islands, 80% of women do not have access to formal banking.
For more than 11 years, women in West ‘Are’Are have run a savings and loan organisation. Known as the West ‘Are ‘Are Rokotanikeni Association (WARA), it helps give women the skills to fully participate in decision-making about their lives, families and communities. WARA focuses on savings services, small loans and financial literacy, including household budgeting and basic bookkeeping.
In one year alone, IWDA supporters and Australian NGO Cooperation Program AusAID funded WARA's distribution of Women and Money manuals to 700 women and supported financial literacy training in 12 rural zones.