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Women's International Democratic Federation The Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) was founded in late 1945, at a Congress in Paris attended by more than 800 participants representing organizations from 40 countries. Anti-fascist in origin,... The Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) was founded in late 1945, at a Congress in Paris attended by more than 800 participants representing organizations from 40 countries. Anti-fascist in origin, it sought to unite feminism and left politics and included many women who had been active in resistance movements during World War II. It received early consultative status with the United Nations, but Cold-War politics led to its exclusion from U.N. participation between 1954 and 1967. The WIDF was the originator of the call for International Women’s Year in 1975 and since its founding has promoted equal rights for women, self-determination and national independence, and the rights of children. It opposes all forms of violence including atomic weapons and has opposed U.S. imperial endeavors as well as colonialism more broadly. During the Cold War, the leading role of the Soviet Union in supporting the WIDF was used to discredit the feminism of the Federation, and the International Alliance of Women and the International Council of Women competed with the WIDF to attract support from the Global South. The materials in this digital archive include extensive conference proceedings and reports. Show more Show less 1945 31 21