Our Funders & Partners

Primary partner:

Fundación Justicia y Género, Costa Rica

Founded in 1990 at the ímpetus of Director Alda Facio, the Fundación Justicia y Género of the United Nations Latin American Institute for Crime Prevention (ILANUD) is based in Costa Rica and works throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Program centers its work around the elimination of gender inequality and violence against women from a criminal and human rights perspective, doing research on the different forms of discrimination against diverse groups of women, analyzing the laws and legal doctrine and training judges, police, lawyers and women’s groups in the human rights of women and the incorporation of gender sensitive perspectives in the analysis of legal texts and contexts.

Additional Partners:

International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP), Malaysia

Founded in 1993, International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP), Malaysiahas worked to contribute to the progressive interpretation and realisation of the human rights of women through the lens of the UN Convention on the Elimination Against All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international human rights treaties. IWRAW-AP promotes the domestic implementation of international human rights standards by building the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realise women’s human rights. IWRAW-AP created and maintains the Global to Local program focussed on filling the gap between the CEDAW convention processes and grassroots activism of NGOs.  IWRAW-AP collaborates with the WHRI on the CEDAW for Change Institute.

Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu, Colombia


The “Wayuu Women’s Force” is a grassroots NGO representing the needs of Indigenous Wayuu women from La Guajira, Colombia, the traditional territory of the Wayuu.  With the support of the WHRI, the Fuerza is now executing trainings for indigenous women on CEDAW in Colombia, and coordinated the drafting and submission of a Shadow Report on Indigenous women in Colombia at the October 2013 CEDAW session.  Fuerza co-founder Wayunkerra (Karmen Ramirez Boscan) is now on the WHRI international teaching team, specializing in the intersections between CEDAW and Indigenous women’s rights.

Institute for Human Rights Communication Nepal (IHRICON)


IHRICON is a human rights organization with a focus on the empowerment of women and children in Nepal.  They engage in a wide variety of programs, including training, to support civil society and grassroots organizations’ human rights work.  IHRICON is the WHRI partner organization for offering the 2014 Institute in Kathmandu.

WILPF Nigeria


WILPF, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, is a 100-year strong international organization focussed on peacebuilding and women’s right and responsibility to participate in decision-making on all aspects of peace and security.  WILPF Nigeria is a local chapter founded in 2009 with a special focus on ending violence against women, and promoting women’s participation in governance.  WILPF-Nigeria is collaborating with the WHRI to offer a special training on CEDAW in relation to peace and security. (Security Council Resolution 1325).

United & Strong, St Lucia


United and Strong is a LGBTQ rights organization with a special focus on LBT women.  United & Strong works at the local level in the Caribbean but also works in the area of SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) rights at the United Nations, and engages in trainings for activists and human rights defenders.  United & Strong staff have trained with the WHRI and collaboratively offer workshops on LBT women and SOGI rights.