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Africa-America Institute The Africa-America Institute (AAI) was founded in 1953 to support educational programs for Africans and to inform U.S. policies designed to reduce poverty in Africa. The educational program provides scholarship supp... The Africa-America Institute (AAI) was founded in 1953 to support educational programs for Africans and to inform U.S. policies designed to reduce poverty in Africa. The educational program provides scholarship support for Africans to study in the United States. The policy program brings together officials from the U.S. and Africa to discuss issues and work together. Most of the material in this digital archive comes from the Women’s Africa Committee of the AAI, and focuses on women’s issues in Africa. Women’s leadership programs, artwork, and economic participation are all topics of conferences proceedings and reports included in this database. Show more Show less 1953 14 32
African National Congress Founded in 1923, but building on the earlier work of the South African Native National Congress, the African National Congress (ANC), was the leading organization in the seven-decade struggle for equal citizenship f... Founded in 1923, but building on the earlier work of the South African Native National Congress, the African National Congress (ANC), was the leading organization in the seven-decade struggle for equal citizenship for Black Africans in South Africa. The struggle proceeded by legal means in the first decades but evolved to include armed struggle in the 1960s and after. Though banned by the white government, with many leaders in jail or exile, the ANC led the struggle against apartheid that drew upon an alliance with the Communist Party and the nation’s leading trade union congress. The ANC negotiated with the ruling (white) National Party and secured a peaceful transition to democratic (non-racial) elections beginning in 1994 and has become the dominant political power in the country since that transition. Show more Show less 1912 1
All India Women's Conference In January 1927, the first All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) focused on women’s education and met at Pune. It was founded on the principles of social justice and of equality for women and girls in India. It is... In January 1927, the first All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) focused on women’s education and met at Pune. It was founded on the principles of social justice and of equality for women and girls in India. It is affiliated with the International Alliance of Women (IAW) and the Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA). Women and Social Movements International (WASI) includes documents related to early conferences. Show more Show less 1927 6 8
American Association of University Women The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1881 and today numbers over 100,000 members in the U. S. Local branches at the turn of the twentieth century focused on improving educational opport... The American Association of University Women (AAUW) was founded in 1881 and today numbers over 100,000 members in the U. S. Local branches at the turn of the twentieth century focused on improving educational opportunities. Today the association continues to promote education, address current political issues, and work with with similar international organizations. Show more Show less 1881 2 2
American Civil Liberties Union The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 to protect personal freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It grew out of a group that opposed U.S. participation in World War I and defended the rig... The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 to protect personal freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It grew out of a group that opposed U.S. participation in World War I and defended the rights of immigrants. Show more Show less 1920 1
Amnesty International Founded in 1961, Amnesty International (AI) has grown over fifty years to include 2.2 million supporters in over 150 countries. AI works through research and action to establish transnational standards opposing the... Founded in 1961, Amnesty International (AI) has grown over fifty years to include 2.2 million supporters in over 150 countries. AI works through research and action to establish transnational standards opposing the abuse of human rights and seeking justice for those whose human rights have been violated. Women and Social Movements International includes AI publications since 1999 focusing on women's rights as human rights. Show more Show less 1961 4 4
Arab Women's Solidarity Association Nawal El Saadawi founded the Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA) in Egypt in 1982. The organization promotes the rights of Arab women as part of the process of liberating Arab people, and promotes women's par... Nawal El Saadawi founded the Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA) in Egypt in 1982. The organization promotes the rights of Arab women as part of the process of liberating Arab people, and promotes women's participation in social, economic, cultural and political life. Women and Social Movements International includes papers and proceedings of AWSA conferences as well as publications by Nawal El Saadawi. Show more Show less 1982 4 3
Associated Country Women of the World The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is an organization of rural women. It aims to raise the standard of living for rural women and their families, to provide rural women practical support to generate in... The Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is an organization of rural women. It aims to raise the standard of living for rural women and their families, to provide rural women practical support to generate income, and to speak on behalf of rural women through affiliation with the United Nations and its agencies. Its roots extend into the late 19th century with the formation of independent rural women’s groups in several countries. In April 1929, the first International Conference of Rural Women, representing 24 countries, met in London. In 1930, the International Council of Women (ICW) created a liaison committee of rural women’s organizations; the committee became the ACWW at Stockholm in 1933. Since 1936 it has held 23 triennial conferences with additional regional meetings. In 2010 its membership included 365 affiliated societies in over 70 countries. The ACWW does not receive governmental monetary support. It runs programs to promote health, sanitation, subsistence production, education, business skills and nutrition, among other interests. The materials in the digital archive include proceedings from the triennial conferences, and several institutional publications that include histories of the organization. Show more Show less 1933 38 44
Association for Women's Rights in Development The Association for Women in Development (AWID) was founded in 1982 to generate discussion among professionals on the impact of economic development efforts on women. In recent years, AWID has broadened its mission... The Association for Women in Development (AWID) was founded in 1982 to generate discussion among professionals on the impact of economic development efforts on women. In recent years, AWID has broadened its mission to advocate equality, peace, and women's human rights and has changed its original name to reflect this broadened mission. Documents from AWID in Women and Social Movements International include a number of recent online publications from the Association's web site. Show more Show less 1982 4
Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund The League of Women Voters (LWV) established the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund (CCCMF) in 1947 to promote citizenship, especially for women, in totalitarian countries transitioning to democracy. Financially inde... The League of Women Voters (LWV) established the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund (CCCMF) in 1947 to promote citizenship, especially for women, in totalitarian countries transitioning to democracy. Financially independent of the LWV, the CCCMF worked with the League to publish educational materials for use in the United States and abroad. In 1961, the CCCMF changed its name to the Overseas Education Fund (OEF). In 1986, it became OEF International and, after 1991, the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). Women and Social Movements International includes more than thirty League documents reflecting its international activities from its founding in 1920 through 1990. Show more Show less 1947 12
Catholics for a Free Choice Catholics for Choice, formerly Catholics for a Free Choice, is a Catholic lay organization based in Washington, D.C., that challenges the traditional Catholic hierarchy and the perspective of the Vatican, especially... Catholics for Choice, formerly Catholics for a Free Choice, is a Catholic lay organization based in Washington, D.C., that challenges the traditional Catholic hierarchy and the perspective of the Vatican, especially on women's issues related to abortion, contraception, HIV/AIDS, and public policy. The CFC believes individuals should make their own moral decisions through education, research and advocacy. Women and Social Movements International includes publications in English and Spanish, reflecting the organization's activity in the United States and Latin America. Show more Show less 1973 5 3
Center for Women's Global Leadership The Center for Women's Global Leadership, based at Rutgers University, was founded in 1989 by Charlotte Bunch. CWGL develops programs to prepare women for leadership and to influence policy-making from a feminist pe... The Center for Women's Global Leadership, based at Rutgers University, was founded in 1989 by Charlotte Bunch. CWGL develops programs to prepare women for leadership and to influence policy-making from a feminist perspective at the local, national, and international levels. Women and Social Movements International includes half a dozen Center reports focusing on women's human rights. Show more Show less 1989 2 4
Central Committee on the United Study of Foreign Missions The Central Committee on the United Study of Missions was an interdenominational Protestant group founded in 1900 by the Federation of Women's Boards of Foreign Missions. The organization included Methodists, Congre... The Central Committee on the United Study of Missions was an interdenominational Protestant group founded in 1900 by the Federation of Women's Boards of Foreign Missions. The organization included Methodists, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Baptists at the start, incorporating Dutch Reformed and Lutherans later. The group commissioned mission study texts and sponsored mission study conferences and workshops. Between 1912 and 1915, the group changed its name to the Central Committee on the United Study of Foreign Missions. The CCUSFM merged into the Mission Education Movement and published its last book in 1938. Women and Social Movements International holdings include five Central Committee publications focused on women's missionary activities between 1904 and 1933. Show more Show less 1900 3
Committee of Correspondence Founded in 1953 and based in New York City, the Committee of Correspondence served as a clearinghouse of information for the development of leadership skills among women in newly independent countries. The Committee... Founded in 1953 and based in New York City, the Committee of Correspondence served as a clearinghouse of information for the development of leadership skills among women in newly independent countries. The Committee distributed monthly bulletins internationally with information on subjects such as child welfare, community development, education, social welfare, the status of women and women in public life. The Committee supported field workers in over 100 countries and offered training for more than 5,000 women.

[From the collection description at the Sophia Smith Collection:] Despite the Committee's successes at promoting contacts among women's organizations and hosting conferences both in and out of the United States, it could not recover from revelations published in Ramparts magazine in 1967 that it was among the international organizations covertly funded by the Central Intelligence Agency. Supportive of the Committee's commitment to liberal anti-communism, the CIA had funneled funding for the Committee through private foundation grants. After the expose in Ramparts, which was further publicized in a series of New York Times articles, President Lyndon Johnson curtailed CIA funding of private foundations. Unable to fill the breach through traditional fundraising methods, the Committee of Correspondence elected to dissolve in 1969.

Women and Social Movements International includes manuscript reports and letters circulated by Committee women in the course of their international work.
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Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) was founded in 1984 in Bangalore, India, at a meeting of women, including Devaki Jain from India and Peggy Antrobus from Barbados, concerned with the effects... Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) was founded in 1984 in Bangalore, India, at a meeting of women, including Devaki Jain from India and Peggy Antrobus from Barbados, concerned with the effects of development policies on women. The group sought to identify and support alternative development strategies. They presented a report to the 1985 UN Conference on Women held in Nairobi. DAWN is a feminist organization that analyzes and fights against economic, social, and political processes that cause inequality in the global south. DAWN materials in this digital archive include reports from conferences and studies on development and related issues. Show more Show less 1984 4 15
Ecumenical Decade. Churches in Solidarity with Women The World Council of Churches declared 1988-1998 the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women. Decade sponsors aimed to challenge discrimination of women in churches and communities; it recognized wome... The World Council of Churches declared 1988-1998 the Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women. Decade sponsors aimed to challenge discrimination of women in churches and communities; it recognized women's contributions to their churches and communities and it encouraged churches to take actions in solidarity with women. Women and Social Movements International includes material by women and women's organizations active during the Ecumenical Decade. Show more Show less 1988 1 2
Egyptian Feminist Union Veiled Egyptian women publicly protested British occupation in 1919, and four years later Hoda Sha'arawi organized the Egyptian Feminist Union (EFU) and affiliated with the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWS... Veiled Egyptian women publicly protested British occupation in 1919, and four years later Hoda Sha'arawi organized the Egyptian Feminist Union (EFU) and affiliated with the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA). The women of the Union focused on women's political rights as well as education, anti-prostitution, and opposition to marriage/divorce laws discriminating against women. In 1938, the EFU held the First Congress of Arab Women in Cairo, focusing on issues related to Palestine. The Second Congress in 1944 created the Pan-Arab Women's League. In 1966, the EFU changed its name to the Hoda Sha'arawi Association. Women and Social Movements International includes numerous documents related to the EFU's international activities, primarily articles from their monthly French-language journal, L'Egyptienne, reporting on the EFU's participation in international women's conferences in the 1920's and 30s. Show more Show less 1923 2 7
Equal Rights International Equal Rights International (ERI) was founded by British feminists to promote women's equal rights internationally. The women of ERI, based in Geneva, lobbied the League of Nations and the International Labour Organi... Equal Rights International (ERI) was founded by British feminists to promote women's equal rights internationally. The women of ERI, based in Geneva, lobbied the League of Nations and the International Labour Organization in support of the Equal Rights Treaty, the Montevideo Nationality Treaty, labor laws for both men and women, and equal status for women. The ERI merged with the World Woman's Party in 1941. Most material on the ERI in Women and Social Movements International speaks to the organization's relationship with the World Woman's Party (WWP) and Alice Paul. Show more Show less 1930 4 9 1
Equality Now Founded in 1992, Equality Now is a New York-based NGO focusing on the protection and promotion of women’s human rights internationally. The group documents and protests human rights violations, and it aims to rais... Founded in 1992, Equality Now is a New York-based NGO focusing on the protection and promotion of women’s human rights internationally. The group documents and protests human rights violations, and it aims to raise awareness of such injustices. Equality Now created the Women’s Action Network to coordinate the efforts of international actors, addressing issues of violence against women and of economic and political discrimination against women. WASMI includes annual reports on the work of Equality Now between 1993 and 2008. Show more Show less 1992 13 2
European Women’s Lobby The European Women's Lobby was established in 1990 with the support of the European Commission. It facilitates discussions between citizens and policy-makers, and its main objective is to defend women's rights and t... The European Women's Lobby was established in 1990 with the support of the European Commission. It facilitates discussions between citizens and policy-makers, and its main objective is to defend women's rights and the interests of women throughout Europe. The EWL has become a well-established civil society NGO, reaching more than 2,500 organizations in 30 European states. Six reports, illuminating the Lobby's work since 2005, constitute the holdings in Women and Social Movements International. Show more Show less 1990 7 6
General Federation of Iraqi Women The General Federation of Iraqi Women was founded in 1969 as the women’s organization of the ruling Ba’ath Party. Funded entirely by the state, the federation played a major role in implementing state gender pol... The General Federation of Iraqi Women was founded in 1969 as the women’s organization of the ruling Ba’ath Party. Funded entirely by the state, the federation played a major role in implementing state gender policy. They supported literacy programs for adult women and taught sewing to Iraqi women. Despite their formal subordination to the Ba’ath Party, leaders of the Federation supported advances for women that were not always congruent with the party platform. Some demanded substantial reforms to the patriarchal Personal Status Code of 1959, which the regime of Saddam Hussein was loathe to enact. Show more Show less 1969 2 2
Global Alliance Against Traffic In Women In 1994, participants at a conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, founded the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) to combat human trafficking and to aid trafficked women. The founders of GAATW sought to cr... In 1994, participants at a conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, founded the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) to combat human trafficking and to aid trafficked women. The founders of GAATW sought to create an organization that expresses the voices of ordinary women and recognizes the power dynamics among women. Today, the GAATW network connects 90 non-governmental organizations. The concerns of these organizations include: women’s rights, human rights and migrant rights. Publications by GAATW include studies of trafficking, handbooks for migrant workers, and reports on women’s rights. Show more Show less 1994 5 4
Independent Congresses of Women Between 1878 and 1915, a series of women's congresses unaffiliated with any one women's organization were held in Europe and the United States, addressing the rights of women. Women and Social Movements Internationa... Between 1878 and 1915, a series of women's congresses unaffiliated with any one women's organization were held in Europe and the United States, addressing the rights of women. Women and Social Movements International includes proceedings and newspaper coverage of a number of these congresses as well as from unaffiliated congresses held across the twentieth century. Women and Social Movements International holdings include proceedings and newspaper reports on eight of these congresses. Show more Show less 1878 3
Inter-American Commission of Women The Inter-American Commission of Women (Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres (CIM)) was established at the International Conference of American States held in Havana, Cuba in 1928 where Doris Stevens criticized the O... The Inter-American Commission of Women (Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres (CIM)) was established at the International Conference of American States held in Havana, Cuba in 1928 where Doris Stevens criticized the Organization of American States (OAS) for not including women as delegates to the assembly. The CIM was created as a division of the OAS to promote women’s political and civil rights. Today, the CIM promotes women’s political, cultural, economic, civil, and social rights and legal measures to end discrimination against women. It meets every two years. Each American state sends one delegate to attend. Documents in this digital archive include conference proceedings, comparative studies of women’s economic lives, and CIM reports to the OAS and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Show more Show less 1928 99 130 2
International Abolitionist Federation The International Abolitionist Federation (IAF; Fédération Abolitionniste Internationale, FAI) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to eliminating trafficking in women and children and to promote human rig... The International Abolitionist Federation (IAF; Fédération Abolitionniste Internationale, FAI) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to eliminating trafficking in women and children and to promote human rights. Founded in 1875 by British reformer Josephine Butler in Geneva, the IAF was originally formed to abolish prostitution and the state regulation of prostitution. Documents regarding the IAF in this archive include works written by and about Josephine Butler as well as conference proceedings and books about the regulation of vice and the causes of prostitution. In recent years, the Federation has been joined in its anti-trafficking work by a number of recently-founded NGOs, including the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW), also prominent in this digital archive. Show more Show less 1877 15 21

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