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 and NAWO Vice-Chair Zarin Hainsworth 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 ‘Beijing + 20: Rights & 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, and will be attending the UK Government Consultation Meeting on November 10th 2014 in London.

Recent Work

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 [...]

Saturday 25th October 2014, Institute of Education, London. Annette gave the opening talk at the Feminism in London Conference.  Titled: ‘Feminism and Feminist are eight letter four letter words.  Why?’, Annette’s talk discussed why feminism and feminist had a bad name and called on attendees instead to be proud of these words and the brave [...]

Our Latvian and Estonian partners came to London on the 16th – 18th September to explore ways to develop functional cross-border support systems for victims, and to undertake study visits to see anti-trafficking work in the UK and strengthen cross-border cooperation.  Read all about the visit and the project here.  

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