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Action and Worth Reading

Issue 373

These are some of the many groups that exist to support women’s rights and work on gender issues.

International DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era) a Third World feminist network which looks at the cultural and economic factors related to women’s participation in the development process. The DAWN Secretariat is based at PO Box 13124, Suva, Fiji; tel/fax: +679 314 770; email: [email protected] web:>

Human Rights WatchWomen’s Rights Division News, facts and articles on women’s rights around the world. The main office is 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor, New York, NY 10118-3299 US; tel: +1 212 290 4700; fax: +1 212 736 1300; email: mailto:[email protected]? web:>

Amnesty International has regular updates on women’s human rights at

ISIS was created in 1974 as an international channel of information and communication between women and now has connections in over 150 countries. PO Box 1837, Quezon City Main, Philippines; tel+632 435 3405; fax: +632 924-1065; web:

UNIFEM The United Nations Development Fund for Women 304 E45th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017; tel: +1 212 906 6400; fax: +1 212 906-6705; web:>

Women in Black An international peace network. For details see Australia ATSIC (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission) Women’s issues committee. For the newsletter see the ATSIC site or contact Kangkala Wakai c/o Tania McInnes, ATSIS, PO Box 17, Woden ACT 2606; email: mailto:[email protected]?; web:

Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women Aims to improve the status of women. Level 11, 100 William Street, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011; tel: +61 2 334 1160. Britain Gender and Development Network c/o WOMANKIND Worldwide, Viking House, 32-37 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AW; tel: +44 20 7549 5700; email: mailto:[email protected]? GADN is the UK platform to Women In Development Europe (WIDE), a Europe-wide network of gender and development professionals.

Women Against Fundamentalisms Committed to networking, challenging and organizing against manifestations of fundamentalism in all religions; email: mailto:[email protected]?; web:;

Also Women Living Under Muslim Laws, email: mailto:[email protected]?; web:

Women’s Environmental Network, Informs, educates and empowers women who care about the environment. PO Box 30626, London E1 1TZ; tel: +44 20 7 481 9004; email: mailto:[email protected]? web: Canada Women in the Americas A new initiative to build links between women’s groups in Canada and the South, especially around the impact of economic restructuring on women’s lives. Oxfam Canada, 294 Albert Street, Ste 300, Ottawa, ON K1P 6E6; tel: +1 613 237 5236; fax: +1 613 237 0524.

Ireland National Women’s Council of Ireland, Comhairle Naisiunta na mBan in Eirinn, 32 Upper Fitzwilliam St, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland; tel: 01-661-5268; fax: 01-6760860; email: mailto:[email protected]?; web: ([] The national representative body for women and women’s organizations.

New Zealand/Aotearoa National Council of Women of New Zealand (Inc)/Te Kaunihera Wahine o Aotearoa, PO Box 12-117, 10 Park Street, Thorndon, Wellington; tel: +63 4 473 762; fax: +63 +4 499 5554; email: mailto:[email protected]?

United States National Organization of Women Campaigns and lobbies on major women’s issues including equal rights, abortion and violence against women. 733 15th St NW, 2nd floor, Washington DC 20005; tel: +1 202 628 8669; fax: +1 202 785 8576; email: mailto:[email protected]? web:

Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) Works to put women’s issues on the UN agenda. Also supports development of an international network of women activists concerned with environment, development and social justice; 355 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017 6603; tel: +1 212 973 0325; fax: +1 212 973 0335; email: mailto:[email protected]? web:


The Atlas of Women, Joni Seager, Women’s Press, London 2003. Detailed maps show what has changed and what has not.

Backlash: the Undeclared War on Women, Susan Faludi, Chatto and Windus, 1991. As relevant as ever.

Focus on Gender series, edited by Caroline Sweetman, Oxfam. A very useful series on issues from globalization to climate change.

The Gendered Society Reader Michael Kimmel with Amy Aronson, Oxford University Press 2004. Looks at the issue of gender from all angles.

The New Feminism Natasha Walter, Virago 1999. A particular take on feminist issues.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity, Vanessa Baird, New Internationalist/Verso 2001. A guide to the issues of lesbians, gays and transgendered people worldwide. The No-Nonsense Guide to Women’s Rights, Nikki van der Gaag, New Internationalist/Verso, 2004. A global view of the situation of women today.

The Progress of Women 2002, UNIFEM A thorough look at all aspects of women’s lives.

The State of the World’s Mothers 2000, Save the Children. Lots of information and statistics.

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