ASSOCIATED COUNTRY WOMEN OF THE WORLD
50 Warwick Square
Victoria SW 1 V 2 AJ London, England tel. 01-834-8635
cable ASCOWORLD, LONDON
President: Mrs. Raigh Roe 123 Roberts Road, Kelmscott
611 West Australia
General Secretary: Miss Heather McGrigor
Organizational history. Evolved from a 1927 International Council of Women resolution to the U.N. "that a Committee be formed to consider the conditions under which women's rural organizations work. ACWW was formed in 1930; the organization and officers were named in Stockholm in 1933.
Aims. to promote international goodwill, friendship and understanding between the countrywomen and homemakers of the world. To raise the standard of living of rural women all over the world. To be a forum for countrywomen on international affairs.
Activities. Initiated through ACW1W central office and between member societies. Including: Works for improved rural conditions and better homes. Links country women and homemarkers all over the world. Assists member societies through its Project Fund. Keeps the countrywomen's point of view before the U.N. on such matters as food, nutrition, education and culture, child care, economic and social problems. Sponsors nutrition education projects in developing countries to prevent diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies.
Membership. Either individuals or societies can be affiliated. A constituent society, with voting representation in annual Council meetings, it an organized body of countrywomen and homemakers whose aims are in harmony with those of ACWW. Annual dues minimum L5 sterling. Current membership over 8 million; 302 societies in 66 countries (1979).
Consultative status with ECOSOC, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO.
Conferences." Triennial conferences and regular regional conferences convened by area vice-presidents. Conducts leadership training and seminars; provides scholarships. FifteenthI triennial conference was held in Nairobi in 1977; next conference scheduled for Hamburg, May 11-23, 1980.
Publications. The Countrywomen, quarterly, (English)
Source: ACWW brochure dated 1976; The Countrywoman, Mar/Apr/May 1979
CAMP FIRE GIRLS, INC.
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 405 Washington, DC 20009
President: Martha C. Burk
National Executive Director: Hester Turner
organizational history. Founded by Charlotte and Luther Gulick, 1910. Program concept gave opportunities to girls to explore, to create, to develop, to have fun in ways that previously were limited only to boys. "New Days" program was adopted in 1975, and stated: "The purpose of Camp Fire is to provide, through a program of informal education, opportunities for youth to realize their potential and to function effectively as caring, self-directed individuals responsible to themselves and to others; and, as an organization, to seek to improve those conditions in society which affect youth."
Aims. To help young people develop into achieving adults, responsible, skilled, and actively influencing the decisions that affect their lives. To provide role options for young women and reduce sex stereotypings.
Activities. Operates programs which provide for outdoor recreation, assistance to handicapped, employment of older youth, sex education, information on drug abuse and safety, tutoring, socialization, and preparation for adulthood. Provides advocacy for children, the poor, and minorities. Group experiences in democratic decision making, planning, responsibility, and personal development. Club programs including boys' clubs; individual council programs.
Membership. National organization, local councils. National board and council. Funded by membership and contributions from individuals and foundations.
Sources: Annual report, 1977.
Regina Court, Maxwell Gardens tel. 89915
Christ Church, Barbados, West Indies
1625 I Street, NW, Suite 412 tel. 202-296-0364
Washington, DC 20006
Organizational history. Non-profit, non-governmental, private organization, incorporated in Washington, DC in 1977. Maintains an administrative office in Washington, and a program office in Barbados. Funded by private foundations, U.S. and international business corporations, and individuals. Receives USAID funding for projects.
Aims. To focus attention on the needs of the Caribbean. To stimulate assistance and contribute to development in the area. To assist the Caribbean in achieving greater nutritional selfsufficiency, reducing unemployment, and contributing to the economic advantage of lesser developed islands in the region.
Activities. Maintains a pool of Caribbean development experts. Monitorsresearch in Caribbean economic and cultural studies. Assists governments and PVOs with design of development prOjects, to secure funding and technical assistance. Provides management, technical assistance on request, and serves as a convenor of individuals and organizations in the Caribbean. Publishes a newsletter and conducts a public awareness programs. Develops university Caribbean studies and exchange programs.
Membership. The Council's constituency includes private citizens from North American and the Caribbean with strong ties to one or both regions. The Council launched a campaign in 1978 to expand and increase members' understanding and cooperation. Its board of directors represents the Council's geographic and interest areas.
Conferences.. Co-sponsored the first Caribbean Regional Conference on Energy (spring, 1978).
Source: "Summary of Organization and Programs" (1978).
CENTRE EUROPEEN FEMININ DE RECHERCHE SUR L'EVOLUTION DE LA SOCIETE EUROPEAN WOMEN'S CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN A CHANGING SOCIETY
55, rue de Varenne
75007 Paris, France tel, 548 95r48
President: Helene Ahrweiler
Secretary-General: Francoise Latour
Organizational history. Formed in Paris March 11, 1977. Established as an association under Swiss law.
Aims. To be center concerned with contribution of women in decision making in political, economic and social field at the University and scientific level. To understand from the perspective of the future and prepare society for a redistribution of power and work between the sexes. To integrate men into the family and into the domains of education and social development.
Activities. Gathers, analyzes and disseminates information to integrate women into political and economic structures. Coordinates research in the areas of women's role in decision making; women and environment; society, women, and the evolution of work; role of women in demographic change. Trains specialists in social problems concerning the situation of women. Organizes courses, seminars, discussions. Current research (1978) on women areas of specialization.
Membership. Executive council of 16 members is assisted by a planning committee and a general assembly. Individual active, associate, and supporting memberships.
Conferences. "Le Fait Feminin," roundtable organized in collaboration with International Futuribles Association, April 1978; "Work and Employment Toward What Kind of Society?" conference held in Lisbon, January 1979.
Publications. Cefres Newsletter (French).
Source: "Formation of CEFRES" (undated); newsletter, December 1978.
CENTER OF CONCERN
3700 13th Street, NE tel. 202-635-2757
Washington, DC 20017
Director: Peter J. Henriot, S.J.
Organizational history. Opened in 1971 as an independent, interdisciplinary team with outreach into the policy-making religious, and civic communities in the U.S. and overseas.
Aims. The goal of the Center's communication effort is education f or justice which leads to social change. Works toward integral human development. Acts as advocate so that women will be treated as persons of worth with basic human rights, responsibilities, needs, and abilities. Cooperates with ILO and international trade union structures, domestic labor networks,; analyzes a new stage of industrialization. Provides value analysis of contemporary issues and theological reflection to reflection to promote social justice.
Activities. The Center "is engaged in social analysis, policy advocacy and public education around questions of social justice, with particular stress on international dimensions."
Membership. Not a membership organization. Funded by
contributions, earnings, and grants. Non-prof it, tax exempt..
Conferences. Offers workshops, seminars, consultancies and planning sessions for educators, church leaders, religious congregations and ecumenical groups, policy makers, representatives of business and labor, civic action groups, farmers, and students.
Publications. Center Focus newsletter, bimonthly, analyzes current issues and events of the U.N., the church and justice, women's movement, human rights, population and food, labor and unemployment, and the trade and debt problems of poor countries. Other publications include Quest for Justice, Soundings (1974), and Detroit and Beyond (1977-).
Source: Center of Concern brochure (undated); newsletter dated October 1979 (annual report).
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED IN THE U.S.A.
875 Riverside Drive, Room 812 tel. 212-870-2347
New York, New York 10027 cable CHWOMENUN NEW YORK
Organizational history. National movement of Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox women. Considers issues of international development and role of women.
Aims, to promote a just global society. To support women throughout the world working for justice, human dignity, human rights, and democratic freedoms. To share a common commitment to Christ.
Activities. Not an international movement, CWU does have significant relationships with women throughout the world, Celebrates World Community Day, May Fellowship Day, World Day of Prayer. Shares a portion of its resources for international projects which demonstrate Christian witness, responsibility for peace and justice, encounters in the human community, the full potential of every person, and discipline and maturity in the Christian faith. Unites itself in prayer, dialogue and exchange with women of other countries. Shares common interest in development with other church groups.
Membership. Units in 2,000 local communities in U.s., in all 50 states. Works through citizen action and legislative task forces.
Accredited to the U.N. Office of Public Information as a
Conferences. Next Triennial Ecumenical Assembly is scheduled
June 26~-29, 1980 at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Conducts meetings in other countries on issues such as peace building, human rights, role of women, and concern for the child. Brings international women to U.S. to participate in Ecumenical Assembly.
Publications. The Church Woman magazine.
Source: nWe are Women" (9/78) and "Church Women United" (undated) brochures; CWU International Relations factsheet 'undated); General Criteria for Grants (undated).
National Council of German Women's Organizations
5300 Bonn 2 tel. (022,21) 36 50 05
Secretary General: Dr. Johanna Eggert
Organizational history. Founded in 1951 as "Information Service for Women's Matters;" extended to action and representation of women's groups in 1958; has been the National Council of German Women's Organizations since 1969. Historically, based on the idea of promoting education for women as the basis for professional qualification. General German Women's Association was founded in Leipzig in 1865; membership of 34. Membership grew to 12,000 in ten years, and new groups were founded to promote women's education, commerce and business and suffrage. By 1918 the Federation of German Women's Associations totalled one million members.
Aims. The enforcement of legal and social equality for women t-ugh democracy. Equality between the sexes is law in Germany, but "full equality for women has not yet been materialized." Therefore, Council works for equality,rights and opportunities; partnership in family, work, and society;involvement in political, economic, and social decisions; equal education and drawing equal pay; individual social insurance; equality in taxation; and relief for working mothers.
Activities. Participated in 1975 IWY activities. Addresses sociopolitical problems, encouraging women's participation, partnership and cooperation; is involved in discussion and action on the environment. Supported German Food Laws. Collaborates on national health programs. Stimulated government inquiry into the situation of women. International activities include acting as intermediary and communications center for activities of its member associations, sponsoring and attending international conferences and seminars, cooperating with government.
Membership. Approximately 10 million members and 30 member associations. Directed by a 7 member board. Non-profit organization.
Membership. (Take frcm above).
Publications. ,Information for women" monthly (German). Also publishes documents of current sociopolitical interest. Source: "Women's Lobby" brochure (undated).
EPOC EQUITY POLICY CENTER
1302 18th Street, NW Suite 203 tel. 202-223-6274
Washington, DC 20036
Director: Irene Tinker
Secretary-Treasurer: Julia Lear
organizational history. Begun in 1978 as a non-profit research, communications and educational group to monitor the implementation as well as the design of legislation.
Aims. To ensure that the impact of legislation on the individual is equitable regardless of sex, age, health, ethnic background, nationality, or place of residence. To study the administration of selected legislation, analyze the intent of the laws and review the actual impact.
Activities. According to the First Year Report, "activities at EPOC have been concentrated in two areas: the impact of development assistance on women in the recipient countries, and the roles, attitudes, and positions of women in the U.S. adm~inistration and in women's policy organizations." Specific concerns of women are addressed under general topics of appropriate technology, rural energy, world food crisis, women's organizations, and women's problems with power and bureaucracy. Publishes a newsletter and selected papers in journals. Conducts briefings, discussions, and seminars.
Conferences.- "Women and Power" symposium, March, 1979, Washington, DC. Sponsored by Radcliffe College.
Publications. Various papers by Irene Tinker for the U.S. Department of State/USAID/the American Association of the Advancement of Science; "Women and Power" proceedings and papers.
Source: "Technology, Poverty, and Women: Some Special Issues," August, 1979; "First Year Report," July 1979.
INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF WOMEN ALLIANCE INTERNATIONALE DES FEMMES
Parnell House tel. 01-828-2189
5th Floor, Room 12 cable ALLINTER,LONDON SWI
25 Wilton Road
London SW 1V 1LW, England
President: Mme. Irene de Lipkowski
191 Blvd. St. Germain, Paris
Vice President: Mrs. Laurel Casinader
7 Kensington Park Gardens, London Wll, England
Organizational history. Formed in the U.S. in 1902 under the inspiration of Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Chapman Catt; formally constituted in Berlin in 1904 as the International Women Suffrage Alliance. Titled changed to International Alliance of Women.
Aims. To secure all such reforms as are necessary to establish a real equality of liberties, status and opportunities, between men and women. To urge women to use their rights and influence in public life to ensure that the status of every individual, without distinction of sex, race, or creed, shall be based on respect for human personality, the only guarantee for individual freedom. To take part in constructive work for good understanding between nations.
Activities. Has helped its affiliates to achieve national franchise, civil and political rights, equal access to education, and equal economic and social rights. The IAW has cooperated with other NGOs toward peace, nationality of married women, equal pay and an end to discrimination in employment, education; an end to slavery and suppression of traffic in persons. Stresses the provision of recommendations, declarations, and legislation to ensure the above.
Membership. National societies with local branches or which admit members from all over the country; aims are the same as those of IAW: non-party organizations. The IAW has 65 affiliated societies in 51 countries (1979). Individual memberships also.
Consultative status with ECOSOC, UNESCO, Council of Europe; consultative arrangements with UNICEF; liaison status with FAO: special list, ILO; observer status, UNCTAD.
Conferences. Twenty-fifth triennial Congress was held in Monrovia, Liberia in September, 1979 with the theme of "Education for Equality." Holds seminars, conferences, workshops, with followup projects funded for 2-5 years.
Publications. International Women's News (Le Droit des femmes),
quarterly/five times a year (English and French). Arnold Whittick, Women into Citizen, history of world movement for women's emancipation, 1979, L8.75 from IAW.
Source: IAW brochure dated 1976-1979; International Women's News,
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN
1010 16th Street, NW 3rd floor tel. 202-293-3154
Washington, DC 20036
Acting president: Mayra Buvinic
organizational history. Founded in July, 1976 to study the impact of development on women and the changing roles of women around the world.
Aims. To strengthen communications links among research groups. To facilitate regular communication among researchers. To share information, research designs, experiences, and news of past and current projects.
Activities. Described in Ford Foundations's "Centers for Research on Women" (July, 1979) as "one of two international centers concerned with the impact of the development process on the roles and status of women. The Center conducts work aimed at not only understanding and improving the lives of women in developing countries but accelerating the socioeconomic development of those countries by including women as active participants. Projects range from research on poverty as a women's issue and the impact of migration on family structures to women-headed households and the conditions of rural women in several countries."
Membership. Participation in the research services and exchange of the center is voluntary. Interested newsletter readers provide the information about their research group, committee or center and copies of publications for the center's library.
Publications. "International Center for Research on Women" newsletter (occasional) summarizes information on current projects, seminars, and pbulications.
Source: "ICRW Notes," (undated); newsletters dated winter, 1979; December, 1977.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL DES FEMMES
345 East 46th Street, Room 600 13, rue Caumartin
New York, New York 10017 Paris 75009 France
tel. 212-697-1278 tel. 073-16-10
President: Mrs. Miriam Dell
144 Te Anau Road, Hataltai
Wellington 3, New Zealand
tel. Wellington 863-428
Honorary President: Mrs. Ng. Prem Purachatra
25/1 Sukumvit 7
Bangkok 11 Thailand
tel. 282-66-79, 252-91-71
Organizational history. Founded in 1888 in Washington, DC, as an international nongovernmental organization comprising National Councils of Women, ICW is a federation of women of all nations, races, creeeds and cultural tradiitons. Its constitution was drawn up in 1888, revised in 1936, 1954, and 1973.
Aims. To help make women aware not only of their rights but also of their civic, social and political responsibilities to society as a whole. To bring together women's voluntary organizations to promote the welfare of mankind, the family, and the individual. To support all efforts to achieve peace through negotiation, arbitration, and conciliation. To promote human rights and removal of discrimination. To promote equal rights and responsibilites for both sexes. To encourage women toward community responsibility and stimulate their participation in public life. To increase understanding and sympathy among women.
Activities. Studies, through Standing Committees, all questions which affect status of women and their capacity to play an active part in all aspects of life. Participates in national or international activities to further aims of ICW. Encourage creation of National Councils of Women. Cooperates with U.N. Operates "twinning" programs in which two or more countries are linked in mutual development efforts. Encourages, organizes and supports regional seminars on human rights, literacy, education, advancement of women and their participation in economic and social development.
Membership. Seventy-three member nations, individual members, contributors.
Consultative status with ECOSOC; permanent representatives to UNO, ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNEP, FAO, ECLA, ECWA, ESCAP, WHO.
Conferences. Twenty-second trennial Conference (Plenary Assembly) was held in Nairobi, Kenya in August 1979 with the theme of "Communications Betwen Nations and Between People."
Publications. Bulletin of the National Council of Women of the U.S. (affiliated with ICW), quarterly.
Source: Bulletin (listed above), May, Oct 1979; ICW brochure (undated).
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN 54 Bloomsbury Street
London WCIB 3 WU, England
International President: Miss Mildred Head
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUBS, INC.
2012 Massachusetts Avenue, NW tel. 202-293-1100
Washington, DC 20036
President: Mrs. Julia K. Arri
Executive Director: Irma Finn Brosseau
Organizational history. National BPW was founded in 1918, and is the "oldest and largest organization of working women in the U.S." International BPW was formed in 1930 in Geneva, following a visit to Europe in the late 1920s by members of National BPW. Austria, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, and the U.S. were the first member countries. Service, assistance, post-World War II refugee resettlement and advancement of women's position and opportunities throughout the world were IBPW's concerns in its first 50 years.
Aims. to promote the interests and raise the standards of women in business and the professions. To increase understanding and cooperation among business women. (These goals are shared by NBPW and IBPW.) In addition, NBPW works to extend opportunities to women in industrial, scientific, and vocational education. IBPW works to promote and support the programs of the U.N. and other world governmental organizations.
Activities. Work to remove restrictions that bar women from equal status and opportunities in work. Campaigns to place more women in public office and policy-making positions. Has increased awareness of women's interests in international jurisprudence. Speaks for business and professional women at the U.N., especially the Commissions on Human Rights and on the Status of Women.
Membership. Local clubs number 3700 (NBPWI. Sixty-five countries are represented in IBPW by national federations (at least
3 clubs) or associate clubs (.1979).
Consultative status with UN ECOSOC.
Conferences. NBPW annual national convention. Fourth NBPW Hemispheric Conference was held in Guatemala in November, 1979 with the theme "Women in Development: Equality through Education and Employment." IBPW fifteenth triennial Congress (Golden Jubulee) scheduled for May 25-31, 1980 in Montreux, Switzerland.
Publications. NBPW National Business Woman, bimonthly; IBPW Widening Horizons magazines. hanabook of Policies and Procedures (issued July 1978); BPW Action Manual (1978), $3.00.
Source: BPW Highlights (Nov., 1977); above listed publications.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL DES FEMMES DIPLOMEES DES UNIVERSITES
37 Quai Wilson Postal address: Case Postale 398
1201 Geneva, Switzerland 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
tel: (022) 31 23 89/88
President: Daphne Purves (New Zealand)
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN
2401 Virginia Avenue., NW tel. 202-785-7700
Washington, DC 20037
Organizational history. IFUW was founded in 1919 with help from AAUW. AAUW was formed in 1882 in Boston by Marion Talbot and 65 women college graduates, to "open the doors of education to women, do 'practical education work, meet societal needs."
Aims. AAUW lists five major association interests: women, in-ternational relations, education, cultural interests, and the community, "Concerns and issues within these areas range from day care, sexism in education, and quality vocational, technical and career education to conservation and wise use of resources, ccnsumer protection, domestic violence, support of arts programs and the U.N., and the participation of women in economic, social, and political development.
Activities. AAUW is involved in fact finding, working with issues listed abve, acquiring skills, continuous education, advocacy and participation in shaping policy. Standing committees are working with issues listed above.
Membership. IFUW has 54 affiliated federations/associations including AAUW, the largest affiliated as of July 1978. AAUW has 190,000 members with baccalaureate degrees from accredited U.S. college or foreign institutions recognized by IFUW.
Conferences. Twentieth triennial conference scheduled for August 17-26, 1980 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., Canada. Theme of the conference will be "The Dignity and Worth of the Human Person." Annual council meetings are held for planning and policy. National affiliates' meetings and conferences are held on themes including democracy in town planning (Switzerland); education for family life and child care (India); rights and responsibilities of cheldren (Canada). Members from neighboring countries are sometimes invited to attend.
Publications. Communique, English and French. Reports and documents available from IFUW headquarters and listed in Communique. IFUW Newsletter, English, and The Graduate Women. AAUW publishes AAUW Journal, and The Graduate Women.
Source: Publications listed above; report from 1977 triennial
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF FAMILY ORGANIZATIONS
General Secretariat tel. 878-07-59
28, place Saint-Georges 281-19-46
75442 Paris Cedex 09, France
Organizational history. Set up in Paris in 1947 following a "World Congress for Family and Population" which studied the standard of living of families and sought means of promoting their advancement. Constitution adopted at first General Assembly in Geneva, 1948; revised at each General Assembly.
Aims. Works for the greater well-being of the family by establishing links with interested organizations which share its aims. To increase solidarity between families, and represent their interests to international organizations. To promote study toward improved conditions for families.
Activities. Maintains an information and documentation center. Exchanges data in publications and institutions. Conducts meetings, drafts recommendations. Organizes conferences training courses, forms commissions and study groups. Implement projects.
Membership. Federation of 300 member organizations in 60 countries. Includes government agencies (approximately 40%) and NGOs. Five regional commissions and 12 permanent commissions.
Consultative status with ECOSOC, UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, the UN and the Council of Europe. Registered on special list of NGOs of the ILO. Maintains permanent relations with EEC in rural and agricultural interests.
Conferences. Last quadrennial General Assembly held in Tunis in 1977.
Source: "International Union of Family Organizations: Aims, Members, Achievements"; English and French (undated).
INTERNATIONAL PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION
18-20 Lower Regent Street tel. 01-839"2911
London SWIY 4PW, England cable IPEPEE LONDON SWI
President; Mrs, Aziza Hussein, Egypt Secretary-General; Dr, Carl Wahren
Organizational history, A federation of national Family Planning Associations(FPAts) founded in 1952. Incorporated in U.K. by Act of Parliament, 1977. Established "Planned Parenthood and Women's Development Programme" (PPWD) in 1976; inaugurated Member's Assembly in 1977.
Aims. Believes that knowledge of family planning is a basic human right and that a balance between the population of the world and its national resources and productivity is a necessary condition of human happiness, prosperity, and peace. PPWD aims to integrate family planning information, education, and contraceptive services with other development activities at the community level; to create a demand for and more effective utilization of family planning services.
Activities. IPPF worldwide is a major supplier of contraceptives. EPA's provide medical and clinical services (IPPF is the largest private health delivery system in the U.S., with 800 clinics serving 1.1 million clients); pioneer family planning services in remote areas; provide sterilization; operate experimental/model delivery systems, sometimes including counseling services and guidance; demonstrate innovative services; offer infertility services where there is high infertility cased by disease and malnutrition.
PPWD operates mainly community action programmes in community development, income generation, education and training, health, and child care. It also holds conferences, seminars, workshops and tours; trains health, social workers and educators; works in legal reform and research. Collaborates with government and other organizations.
Membership. Ninety member associations, six regional offices in England, Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Togo, Tunisia and U.S.
Consultative status with all the major U.N. organizations concerned with advanving welfare; collaborates closely with the specialized agencies.
Conferences. Central Council of honorary officers and representatives from each region meets annually. Member' s Assembly met for first time in Edinburgh, Scotland in November 1977 and endorsed a three-year plan.
Publication. Family Planning in Five Continents (August 1979); Child, the Family, and Responsible Parenthood (1979); reports listed below.
Source: IPPF in Action; A Report on the Years 1977-1979; PPWD; Interim Report, April 1979; PPWD; Programme Inventory and Project Summaries, June 1978.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN' S TRIBUNE CENTRE
345 East 46th Street, tel. 212-687-0728
New York, New York 10017
President: Mildred E. Persinger Centre Director: Anne S. Walker
organizational history. Began as a response to requests for information and assistance in IWY Tribune Organizing Committee following the IWY meeting in Mexico City, 1975. Initial funding from Canadian international Development Agency. Since 1977, funding received from the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, International Planned Parenthood Federation (U.K.), United Methodist Church (U.S..), United Presbyterian Women (U.S.), and Carnegie Corporation (U.S.). Incorporated in 1978 as a non-profit organization.
Aims. To match needs with resources for overseas women. To collect and disseminate information. To act as a center of "women's development support" including materials, workshops and seminars. To provide liaison between people involved in women and development activities.
Activities. Develops, tests, and makes available resource materials for women involved in development activities. Conducts workshops and seminars on request, on media and communication, materials development, program planning and design, and nonformal education. Brings together people in women and development tb meet, discuss current ideas. Produces women's resource books and low-cost educational and other media materials; maintains files of papers, project data.
Membership. Full-time staff, short-term project consultants, and volunteers work in Centre activities.
Conferences. *(See activities, above.)
Publications. Bimonthly Newsletter organized around issues (English and Spanish editions); Caribbean Resource Bookf Where on Earth Are the Women? information kit, $6.00; Asian and Pacific Centre for Women and Development Women's Re-source Book 1978.
Source: Publications listed above, especially "Where on Earth Are the Women?" information kit.
ISIS: WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICE
Via della Pelliccia 31 tel. 06/580 82 31
00153 Rome, Italy
Co-founder: Marilee Karl, Rome
Pl0. Box 301 tel. 022/43 40 22
CH-122 7 Carouge/Generva
Co-founder and editor: Jane Cottingham, Geneva
Organizational history. ISIS is a women's documentation, information and communication service which collects and analyzes documents and issues. Became operational in 1976. Receives funding from Canada, Germany, Sweden, church groups.
Aims. To further communication between women and women's groups by building an international communication network between the third world and the North Atlantic community.
Activities. Represents views of third world women in over 130 countries to industrial countries. Provides "local" information relevant to women in other localities. Establishes and extends contacts throughout the world. Collects and disseminates documents and information. Prepares special resource guides. Coordinates the International Feminist Network which was organized in 1976 to mobilize support and solidarity for women when needed.
Membership. 'Not a membership organization, ISIS is a non-profit association with legal status in Italy and Switzerland.
Publications. ISIS International Bulletins, quarterly (English and Dutch) and resource listings on current issues and specific themes such as crimes against women, feminism and socialism, women in Southern Africa and women in development. Bottle Babies: a guide to the baby foods issues, 1976 (Eng., Fr., Germ., Swed.); women in Development: a resource guide (projected for 1979).
Source: Notes from meeting in Geneva between the Coordinator, WID and the Co-founder and editor, ISIS. Publications listed above.
LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN
2900 Queen Lane
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129
Chair, Advisory Committee for Women of the Lutheran World Federation: Dr. Lois Leffler
LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION
150, Rte. de Ferney tel. 33 34 00
CH 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland cable LUTHERWORLD GENEV
telex 23 423 01K CH
Women's Desk: Eva von Herzberg, Eva Segal,
Organizational history. "Women of the Church" formed a section of the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in 1952, and the section recommended that the Federation's work of the Commission on Women be continued. A Women's Pre-assemnbly Conference was organized before the 1957 Assembly, with financial support primarily from women's organizations in the U.S. A second pre-assembly conference was held in 1969, and in 1972 the Rev. Eva Zabolai-Csekme was appointed to work as a full-time staff member in continuing Education for Women (now the Women's Desk). Women comprised 24% of delegates to the 1975 Assembly.
Aims. To assist women to accept themselves as human beings created in the image of God and therefore having abilities and responsibilities. To assist men to accept women as capable, creative human beings created in the image of God. To assist women and men to share responsibilities in working toward a just, equitable, and peaceful society with shared resources and an increasing quality of life.
Sub-goals: In education: theological studies; social, economic and political awareness and participantion; educational programs; leadership development; resource materials. In development: market research and small-scale income-generating projects; world resource awareness and promotion of New International Economic Order. In human rights: awareness of issues: equip women to join in the struggle. In communication: encourage women's participation in training and church member's use of media to promote positive image of women. In worship: encourage women's contribution and study. In ecumenical relations: cooperation, assistance, involvement. In policy: participation at all levels. In LWF structures: cooperation, participation.
Activities. Trains women in leadership, in preparing educational materials; prepares educational resource listings. Assists in planning exchange programs among women's organizations of member churches; works to increase ecumenical relations of member churches and their women's organizations. Works to extend studies and services of LWF to meet women's priority concerns. Provides information and exchange among women leaders of member churches.
Membership. Individual and women's organizations of member churches.
Conferences. Assembly meets every 5 years; 7th Assembly will meet in 1980. Newly formed (1978) Advisory Committee for Women meets annually. Regional leadership development seminars are sponsored by SWF Women's Desk: in Beterverwagting, Guyana (Sept. 1978); Monrovia, Liberia, (Oct-Nov. 1978); Madras, India (nov 1978). LWF advanced leadership development seminar was held in Bossey, Switzerland, May-July 1978.
Publications. Women Newsletter, 3 times a year (English, French, German); Lutheran Word of LWF (first issue of 1975 devoted mainly to concerns of women.)
Source: Newsletters dated December 1978, February 1979; Report in the LWF Women's Desk 1972-1977.
MATCH, INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
323 Chapel tel. ('6131 238-1312
Canada KIN 722
President: Norma Walmsley
Executive Director: Jane Henderson
organizational history. "An international centre matching women's needs and resources in Canada and the Third World, MATCH was organized by Canadian women who attended the IWY Conference in Mexico City in 1975. Centre opened in 1976.
Aims. To create a direct link for action between Third World women andCanadians. To match resources and needs, by sharing the experience and knowledge of women internationally on a cooperative basis. To provide funding, goods, and or services for international programs and prcjects designed by women.
Activities. Operates a project clearinghouse with assistance from its international network. (Projects must be designed by, implemented by, and have impact on local women.) maintains talent bank of Canadian and Third World women as resources; matches projects and needed skills. Acts as a national information and resource center to mobilize resources and share information.
Membership. Approximately 450 individual members and almost 50 group members. Board of 28 Directors elected by membership annually;
4 must be from developing countries.
Conferences. First annual general membership meeting was held in October 1978. Seminar "Women in Development, Some Barriers" held in March, 1978.
Publications. Match Newsletter, English and French editions, monthly.
Source: Newsletters from July, 1977 through October 1978; Match membership brochure.
MOVEMENT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE ET SERVICE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT "SCIENCE AND SERVICE"
122, Rue du General-Leclerc tel. 464-11-11
95480 Pierrelaye, France
Secretary General: Josepy Wresinski
in U.S.: NEW, Movement for a New Community, Inc.
172 First Avenue, New York 10009
Organizational history. Created in 1957, by families living in a state of exclusion in the camp of Noisy-le-Grand near Paris. Joined by people from other backgrounds and countries who wanted to re-establish contact between the Fourth World and society. Charter was drawn up with the help of women from the Fourth World of many European countries and South and North America.
("Fourth World" is defined as "those people in society who are not only poor but who are caught in a cycle of poverty which, in many cases, has existed for several _generations." They are deprived of material well being, cultural opportunities, and the needed environment to develop life skills. They are excluded from social change and bear the burden of inequality and deprivation of the social system.)
Aims. A movement of solidarity with the Fourth World. Fights against the exclusion of the most underprivileged, and aims to build a society based on giving priority to underprivileged people. Founding families wanted restitution of fundamental rights recognized for all, and the means to become masters of their own lives in order to take responsibilities as citizens.
Activities. Created a Poverty Institute, went to live in most deprived areas of western societies, proposed concrete solutions to governments and undertook information campaigns. Seeks interest of those individuals and organizations in sympathy with its aims.
Membership. Receives little financial aid (1975) invites all interested persons to become part of the movement. Affiliated with orvanizations in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Switzerland, and U.S.
Publications. "Women of the Fourth World," 1975; Charter of the Fourth World Women (undated).
Source: publications listed above.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN
1819 H Street, NW Suite 900 tel. 202-223-8055
Washington, FV 20006
President: Dorothy Height
Head of International d.'/rr..
Division: 42TF...Le.Q" J.'Re'~/c?
Organizational history. Founded in 1935, NCNW is a coalition of 27 organizations, Council sections, and individuals. The international division was formed in 1975, and an AID Developmental Program Grant was made at that time to improve the planning, implementation, and evaluation capabilities of the Council.
Aims. Self-help and an improved standard of living for disadvantaged American women. Significant relations, increased contact and communications between the Council and women of the Third World. NCNW states its mission is to mobilize, train, and support member women.
Activities. Functions as a clearinghouse, catalyst, advocate and programer to mobilize Black women. Operates rural development projects both in the U.S. and in developing countries, including, in the U.S., a marketing and purchasing cooperative for handicrafts production; food production; youth counseling, careers, and employment; day care and other activities.
In Southern Africa the Council plans to operate developmental day care services, leadership training, and food production projects. NCNW began a "twinning" program in August 1979 between the Council and national women's organizations of Senegal and Togo, involving visitor exchange and project site visits.
Membership. Through a coalition of 27 national affiliated organizations, NCNW has outreach to 4 million women of many social, economic, and educational levels. Two hundred local sections are organized in 41 states.
Conferences. N'CNW meets regularly with its affiliate organizations; conducts international seminars and project site visits. Fortieth national convention was held in November, 1979' in Washington, D.C.
Source: NCNW "Background and Capabilities" (undated); AID briefing memorandum for the Administrator (undated); international division brochure (undated); press release dated August, 1979.
OVERSEAS EDUCATION FUND OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
2101 L Street, NW Suite 916 tel. 202-466-3430
Washington, DC 20037
President: Ms. Willie Campbell
Executive Director: Ms. Elise Sn'ith
organizational history. Founded by the League of Women Voters in 1947 as the Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund. Works in literacy, women' s leadership training, legal rights, and development.
Aims. To encourage women's participation in their societies. To buid skills of individual women, community leaders and volunteer organizations. To operate replicable demonstration projects. To mobilize support for women. To improve community services. To link U.S. and overseas women's groups.
Activities. Assists community leaders to become local resources. Helps women experiment with organizing resources. Designs approaches to development assistance. Provides role for the poor in development. Integrates human resource training with capital development. Trains individuals and groups in personnel management, leadership, planning and program development, proposal writing, evaluation, budget and finance, group dynamics, community organization.
Membership. OEF is a non-profit, tax exempt voluntary organization funded by private contributors, business, foundations, international organizations and the U.S. Government. It operates a "Coalition for Women in International Development," 132 organizations and individuals, to encourage U.S. and international foreign assistance programs which further the integration of women in development. Not a membership organizations.
Conferences. Workshops and seminars provided on request as public education programs on women's contribution to development.
Publications. Booklets on voluntary aid and women in development, including "The women of Latin America" and "Women in Indonesia." organization and government manuals in English and Spanish. Slide shows on projects. League of Women Voters publishes The National Voter (monthly); "Building Global Perspectives" (1979).
Source: "What Is OEF?" brochure (undated); "Programs in Brief" brochure (undated), publications listed above.
1330 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, Mass 02167
Executive Director: Howard Gray Women's Programs Division: Frey A Bicknell, Judith Helzner
Organizational history. Twenty-year-old private, non-profit organization engaged in family planning: service delivery, training, and changing attitudes. Women's Programs Division (WPD) was established in 1977.
Aims. WPD princilples: to increase women's potential for participation in various life options and for decision making re family size; to encourage women's participation in all roles, all types of organizations; to recognize and support roles for women other than motherhood.
Activities. WPD funds projects which integrate women into the development process, improve delivery of fertility services, and influence policy formulation. Funds travel and training for human resources development as well as comprehensive community level projects. Projects entail more than one type of activity, collaboration with other groups, demonstration of PF principles, materials development. Stresses individual choice, societal equilibrium.
Membership. PF is charter participant in "Working Group on Women's Programs," concerned with evaluating and operationalizing women's projects.
Publications. Pathpapers (English), occasional papers; other publications and training films available in several languages on topics related to fertility and family planning.
Source: Guidelines and information sheet, Women's Programs Division (1979): Pathpapers (July, 1979).
WORLD ASSOCIATION OF GIRL GUIDES AND GIRL SCOUTS
The World Bureau
132 Ebury Street
London SWIW 9QQ England
Director: Miss Lyn Joynt
GIRL SCOUTS OF THE U.S.A.
83Q 3rd Avenue
New York, New York 10022
National President: Dr, Gloria D. Scott
National Executive Director: Mrs. Frances R. Hesselbein
Organizational history. The World Association is an educational organization based on spiritual values aimed at developing qualities of self-reliance and leadership in the individual. It is the largest voluntary organization for girls in the world. Founded by Lord Baden-Powell in England in 1910. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. was founded by Juliette Low in Savannah, Georgia in 1912; incorporated in Washington, DC in 1915; chartered by U.S. Congress in 1950.
Aims. The World Association helps scouts contribute to the building of a better world by becoming persons in search of spiritual values, by accepting personal responsibility for health, self-discipline, personal development, and creative thinking; by respecting all living things; by being loyal to their country, ready to serve others, and capable and free to be agents of human development at the service of man.
Activities. Owns and operates four World Association Centers in Cuernavaca, Morelos, 1exico; Poona, India; Adelboden, Switzerland; and London. Sponsors scouting activities in development, environment, and service. Collaborates with other NGOs concerned with youth and today's problems.
Membership. GSUSA has over 3 million girls as members (1976), with over a half-million adult leaders. WAGGGS has
7.3 million members in 94 countries (1976). Troops are organized by Girl Scout councils, which are local units charactered by the national organization. World Conference meets every three years to determine policy, elect executive body.
Conferences. African Regional Training for Trainers was held in Lagos, Nigeria in January 1978; Asia Pacific regional seminar was held in Bangkok in December 1978. Twenty-third triennial world conference was held in Iran in September 1978.
Consultative status with ECOSOC, UNICEF, UNESCO; liaison status with FAO.
Publications. Council Fire, quarterly journal (Eng/Fr/Span); World Bureau Newsletter, quarterly, Eng, Fr, Span editions. world Bureau Action Review, quarterly, (Eng). Publications of GSUSA: Girl Scout Leader magazine, 6 times a year; Daisy magazine, 9 times a year.
Source: The Essential Elements of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting (1975); Basic (1976). GSUSA brochures: "Facts," "You," "Our Cabana," "Girl Scouting/USA."
37, Quai Wilson tel. 32 31 00
1201 Geneva, Switzerland cable SOROMUNDI, GENEVA
President: Miss Nita Barrow General.Secretary: Miss Erica Brodie
National Board of the YWCA
World Relations Unit
600 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10021
Aims. To build a worldwide fellowship through which women and girls everywhere may come to know more of the love of God and learn to express that love in responsible action. To unite Christians through the ecumenical nature of its conferences and meetings. To bring together women and girls of different convictions and traditions in common study, action, and prayer.
Activities. Provides members a channel for sharing resources and exchange of experiences; works to eliminate racism and racial discrimination, for economical and social justice and building of a world community; carries on and sponsors emergency and rehabilitation projects and services to refugees and migrants; acts in cooperation with women's voluntary movements and intergovernmental organizations.
Membership. National YWCAs in approximately 80 countries (1975).
Consultative status with ECOSOC, UNESCO, UNICEF.
Conferences. World Council meets every 4 years; last meeting September 1979 in Athens. Executive Committee meets annually. Regional and international conferences, consultations on specific subjects.
Publications. Perspective magazine (irregular, 3-8 issues per year); Common Concern Newsletter (4-5 issues per year); A Year in Review (annual report); program material on issues: health ('73); women and economy ('74); population
(74); rural development ('75); use of resources ('76).
Source: world YWCA brochure, 1975; Programme of cooperation for Development, 1977, 78.