National Alliance of Women’s Organisations


Who We Are

The National Alliance of Women’s Organisations is an alliance of over 100 organisations and individuals concerned with making equality between women and men a reality.

What We Do

NAWO acts as a bridge between women’s organisations and decision makers both nationally and internationally. We work to build alliances around issues so that we can improve the situation of women and effect change.  We consult our members and communicate their views to policy makers at all levels, to ensure that women’s voices are heard and heeded. NAWOs five year strategic plan, 2015 – 2020 can be found here


NAWO Chair Annette Lawson, NAWO Vice-Chair Zarin Hainsworth and NAWo Treasurer Lynda Dearlove are attending  CSW59 in March 2015 as part of a UK-wide network of women’s groups and NGOs lobbying National Governments.  NAWO as  secretariat of the CSW Alliance are ensuring that priorities outlined in the UK NGO CSW Alliance Shadow Report ‘UK Women: Rights and Progress’ are put forward at National, European and International level for consideration.  As part of this process NAWO affiliated representatives and Member Organisations attended the NGO Forum in Geneva to speak on behalf of women and girls in the UK, the UK Government Consultation Meeting on November 10th 2014 in London and recently an NGO meeting with the UK Gender Equalities Office in February 2015.

Recent Work

16th February 2015 Representatives of the UK NGO CSW Alliance, Gender and Development Network and National Committee for UK for UN Women met with the Gender Equalities Office UK to discuss approaches to CSW59. Read all the updates and information from the meeting here. See the GEO website here.

We know that many of you are going to CSW59 and want to ensure that you have all the information you need to lobby effectively and network with success. Therefore, for the documents produced by Members of the UK NGO CSW Alliance that you can use to structure and support your advocacy please see here. […]

published 27 November 2014 NAWO are pleased to announce the launch of: ‘Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against women’. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a document, developed with the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO), on the concluding observations by the Committee on the Elimination of […]

Lynda Dearlove, Annette Lawson and Elizabeth Sclater were all accredited by NAWO to attend the NGO Forum that took place from November 3 – 5 2014 in Geneva.  Lynda headed up the delegation. The NGO Forum aimed to review progress in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA), a text adopted […]

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