National Alliance of Women’s Organisations


Who We Are

The National Alliance of Women’s Organisations is an umbrella organisation for 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.


NAWO Chair Annette Lawson and NAWO Vice-Chair Zarin Hainsworth attended CSW 58 which took place at the UN from the 10th – 21st March 2014, as part of a UK-wide network of women’s groups and NGOs lobbying National Governments, conclusions and next steps report coming soon.  NAWO as  secretariat of the CSW Alliance are working on priorities for the Post 2015 Agenda and preparing for CSW59 

Recent Work

‘Social Inclusion and Awareness Raising in an Ageing Society’ presentation, delivered at the Second International Forum on the Rights of Older Persons in Mexico, June 2014.  NAWO is strongly concerned with raising awareness of the treatment of older women and campaigning for policy that actively promotes inclusivity with reference to this group.  For a text version [...]

Annette Lawson, NAWO Chair, was delighted to attend the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) conference on Women in Parliament poignantly held in a chamber at the European Parliament building.  Annette chaired an interactive session during the conference, asking attendees to vote to commit to principles related to ensuring equal representation of women in parliament.  Read about [...]

ExCel London, 10 – 13 June 2014: co-chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie. NAWO’s panel event addressed gender equality as the root of all gender-based violence – from sexual harassment on a bus to sexual violence in conflict. Chaired by the Minster for Women, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP!

6pm-8pm.  As part of our Young Women’s Manifesto Project NAWO hosted an event at the House of Commons sponsored by MP Stella Creasy.  Speakers from Imkaan, Peabody and the No More Page 3 campaign discussed their work, the negative impact of media reportage and portrayals of women in these outlets on young women and the way [...]

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