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Our Current Members

AWID members come from 156 countries and are researchers, academics, students, educators, activists, business people, policy-makers, development practitioners, funders, and more.

Institutional Member: Society for Appraisal & Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA)


The Society for Appraisal & Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA), founded in 2004 in Pakistan, is a non-governmental organization aiming to help sustain grassroots institutions and support them in advancing their own development through effective institutional and livelihood strategies. SAWERA’s founding members carry a broad and rich experience in gender mainstreaming and poverty alleviation initiatives, social engineering, participatory development, and disaster management. The organization specifically focuses on gender mainstreaming and social protection, particularly concerning marginalized communities, including poor women, widows, people with disabilities and children in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. SAWERA also works with vulnerable groups during times of disaster such as armed conflict, floods and other emergency situations. To find out more about SAWERA, please visit their website and Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter

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Individual Member: Aliaa Awada

Aliaa Awada

Aliaa is a young woman from Lebanon. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and is experienced in media, women’s rights and gender issues. Aliaa is a co-founder and producer of a radio programme on women’s rights in Lebanon and the Arab world, as well as a founding member of a non-for-profit youth association aiming to advocate for women’s rights through media. She has also worked with the Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTDA) on campaigning for citizenship and nationality rights in Lebanon, where she was specifically involved in mobilization, networking and capacity development of local non-governmental organizations and groups. In 2012, Aliaa joined Oxfam’s gender team in Lebanon as a Project Officer of a widows’ programme in Iraq, where she conducted training for partners in order to build their advocacy and strategy skills. Currently, Aliaa is an Advocacy and Media Officer for the AMAL programme (implemented by Oxfam) in Yemen, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tunisia and Morocco. Follow Aliaa on Twitter @AlyaAwada

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“I always look forward to hearing from you and you keep me going even when things are difficult. Thanks!" – AWID Individual Member, Zimbabwe

“Many thanks for this wonderful offer. I look forward to “life as an AWID member“  which I am sure will enrich our organisation and those with whom we cooperate. And at the same time I am sure that in turn we will also be able to offer something new to the network.” – AWID Member, Croatia

“Keep up the good work!” – AWID Member, The Netherlands

“Thank you for accepting me as a member and together we will work towards a world where men and women enjoy their rights without discrimination.” – AWID Member, DRC

“Thank you for all the good things you all do.” – AWID Member, USA

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