NEWW-Network of East-West Women

The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) was founded in 1991 as an international communication and resource network supporting dialogue, informational exchange, and activism among those concerned about the status of women in Central and Eastern Europe, the Newly Independent States, and the Russian Federation. Registered as a 501 (c) (3) organization in 1995, NEWW coordinates research and advocacy that supports women's equality and full participation in all aspects of public and private life.

NEWW connects women's advocates in more than 30 countries who work in partnership to promote women's rights and to strengthen women's role within civil society. NEWW members represent all strata of society - human rights activists, writers, students, journalists, lawyers, parliamentarians, professors, artists, union organizers, health care workers and feminist activists. NEWW's overarching goal is to support the formation of independent women's movements and to strengthen the capacities of women and women's NGOs to influence policy regarding women's lives.

  • NEWW's 17 member international Board of Directors includes prominent women's rights scholars and advocates from 12 countries East and West.

  • Between 1994 and 1997, NEWW established the first women's electronic communications network, NEWW On-Line, which continues to be one of the largest on-line networks in the CEE/NIS region devoted to women's issues.

  • Started in 1997, the NEWW Legal Fellowship Program has supported the advocacy work of 19 women's rights lawyers, and will support two more Fellows in 2003.

  • Headquartered in Washington DC, NEWW's independent regional branch office, NEWW-Polska was registered as an independent NGO in 1999 in Gdansk, Poland.

  • NEWW's first University Chapter was established in 1999 at the American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevard, Bulgaria.

  • In 2002 NEWW launched the Economic and Social Policy Fellowship Program and supported one Fellow. In 2003, NEWW will support two more Fellows.

[email protected] | 1761 S Street NW, Suite LL-12, Washington, DC 20009 | tel: +1 (202) 299-9001 | fax: +1 (202) 299-9003