How and why do women organize? For more than a century, women have banded together to address issues such as abolition, reproduction, suffrage, equality, discrimination and violence. They have crossed borders of language, nation, gender and generation to create a better world for themselves and their communities.

From quilt making to policymaking, from young girls to Radical Women, women all around the world are organizing to promote gender equity. Join us as we reflect on key historical moments and highlight promising initiatives women are undertaking in the present day. Listen to our podcast with Meizhu Lui about the effects of the 2008 financial crisis on women and read Curator Masum Momaya's introduction to this topic.

Maria Deraismes, the Co-organizer of the 1878 International Congress on Women's Rights. 1878 Women's Rights Conference  >>I.M.O.W. board member and historian Karen Offen weaves a captivating tale of the first international congress on women's rights, held in Paris.
1995 Women's Conference in Beijing U.N. Conferences on Women  >>Interview: For many, the Beijing World Conference on Women is considered the most important event in the modern history of women's rights. I.M.O.W. Global Council member Dr. Patricia Licuanan gives us an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look. 
victims of gender-based violence Organizing against Violence  >>From Vienna to Beijing, women have worked hard to raise the issue of violence against women. Today, women's safety is an international priority and governments are more accountable.
1998, San Francisco adopts the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW in San Francisco  >>In one unconventional city in the U.S., women organizers fought to eliminate all discrimination against women. Find out how you can do the same in your city.
2004 World March of Women quilt The Solidarity Quilt  >>Stitched together by women in 64 countries during a relay organized by The World March of Women, this quilt shows that folk art can be a unifying force and a catalyst for change.
In 2007, Sejal Hathi founded Girls Helping Girls,an international non-profit organization connecting girls from the United States with girls from other countries Girls Helping Girls  >>Interview: Sejal Hathi, teen founder of the international non-profit Girls Helping Girls, is using technology and innovative strategies to change the world, one girl at a time.
Masum Momaya blogs from Cape Town where she meets women activists and artists LIVE! from South Africa  >>Blog: Curator Masum Momaya blogs from the 2008 AWID International Forum that took place in Cape Town, South Africa.
youth communicating through the arts Youth Communicating through Art  >>Community Voice: Momentus, Worldwide
Anya Kendal's organization provides a creative space for young people to communicate with and empower one another through the universal language of the arts.
three veterans of the Iraq war become athletes during the 2008 Paralympics Beijing Paralympics  >>Community Voice: Mimi Kuo-Deemer, China
These stunning photographs of U.S. Paralympic swimmer and Iraq veteran Melissa Stockwell illustrate how sports can bridge both nation and ability.
politics bring women together Radical Women Conference  >>Community Voice: Michael DeLong, U.S.
Michael DeLong reports on the 2008 Radical Women's National Conference, where socialist feminists from around the world came together to strategize about ways to strengthen women's leadership and build solidarity across social movements.
Kosovo Constitution Considers Women  >>Community Voice: Women for Women International, U.S.
Kosovo gained independence in 2008. Hamide Latifi worked tirelessly to make sure rural women had a voice in drafting Kosovo's brand-new constitution. 

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