International Women's Web Sites

Last updated: November 30, 2014

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Here are some noteworthy women's sites focused outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada:

Ada: Femmes et IT, Vrouwen en IT
(A bilingual [French/Flemish] Belgian site that focuses on the under-representation of women in information technology and efforts to change the situation. )

The African Woman
(The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa has published a special issue of the CODESRIA Bulletin [No. 1 & 2, 2006] devoted to articles about the African woman. Articles from this issue and some but not all earlier ones can be downloaded from the site.)

African Women in Cinema
(This valuable web site provides extensive information about the works, thoughts, and practices of African women in the various aspects of cinema. Based on the research of Dr. Beti Ellerson of Howard University, the site includes a timeline, a teaching and learning guide to African Women Cinema Studies, a guide to Dr. Ellerson's film Sisters of the Screen, a clip from the film, a filmography and a bibliography, a detailed subject index to her book Sisters of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film, Video, and Television, links to related sites, and the voices and profiles of African women in cinema from diverse sources. Women from the African Diaspora are included.)

African Women's Bibliographic Database
(Librarian and Africa specialist Davis Bullwinkle has compiled this very extensive, searchable database of English-language materials from 1986 to the present on African women.)

African Women's Media Center
(Site offers resources and tools that African women journalists need to compete equally with their male colleagues, including networking opportunities, information about fellowships and training programs, courage in journalism awards, and annotated links to related resources. A project of the International Women's Media Foundation.)

Africa - Women
(Annotated links from Stanford University librarian Karen Fung's Africa South of the Sahara resource guide)

Afrol.com: Women
(The "women" section of the African portal site Afrol.com offers news coverage of women in Africa, plus some background information about the news, "women and gender profiles" for each African country, and some links to related sites.)

Against Rape
(Information on women in Great Britain, including Black, ethnic minority, immigrant, migrant, and refugee women, who have suffered rape, racist sexual assault, or other forms of violence and harassment. The website combines information from the organizations Black Women's Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape.)

AGORA: Online Forum On Women in Science
(In 2006, UNESCO and cosmetics company L'Oreal launched this site to highlight and support women's contributions toward scientific progress. All Internet users can access and read forum entries, but only members of the L'Oreal-UNESCO "Women in Science community" may contribute to the website. Scientists from around the world are invited to join the community and express their views in the forum. The forum will focus on topics such as science education for girls and women, women of science and sustainable development, bioethics, and diversity.)

ALAI Mujeres
(This Spanish-language site of the Latin American Information Agency provides news about women in Latin America, with an emphasis on social activism. Separate sections provide documents about women and globalization, the economy, politics, human rights, communication, and diversity. Small parts of the site are also available in English and Portuguese.)

allAfrica: Women
(allAfrica has added a separate section on women that includes extensive, current news about women in Africa. The site is also available en français/in French.)

Amnesty International USA: Violence Against Women
(This part of the Amnesty International website provides news, action alerts, reports, and other resources for stopping violence against women around the world.)

AnarchaFeminism
(Extensive set of links and other information about anarchism, feminism, and AnarchaFeminism. Compiled by Infoshop.org)

Arab Woman Activities Directory
(A bi-lingual (Arabic and English), searchable directory of women in more than twenty Arab countries who have identified themselves as authorities on a wide variety of women's issues--in politics, economics, law, health, development, the media, human rights, and more. The directory provides background and contact information for each woman. The bi-lingual site also includes a collection of documents and links to related sites.)

Ariadne: Kooperationsstelle für Frauenspezifische Information und Dokumentation
(Searchable database of the women's and gender studies holdings of the Austrian National Library; some access to related databases. Primarily in German.)

Aurat Publication & Information Service Foundation
(The Aurat website describes this Pakistani organization, established in 1986, as "a civil society organisation committed to work for women’s empowerment and citizens’ participation in governance for creating a socially just, democratic and humane society in Pakistan." In addition to information about the foundation, the website includes reports about women's issues, press releases, lists of current and past projects, videos, photos, and more.)

Aviva
(London-based "International Women's Listing Magazine" offers women-focused international news, events, groups, resources, and action alerts.)

B.a.B.e. (Be Active, Be Emancipated)
(Bilingual [English/Croatian] activist site dedicated to "the affirmation and implementation of women's human rights," focusing especially on Croatia. Includes good links to related information.)

Babeloop: Femmes Cybersolidaires
(A Canadian Francophone women's web ring that includes a number of interesting sites. It provides the following description: "Le cercle Internet des femmes francophones déterminées à aller droites à la hauteur de leurs rêves dans la solidarité.")

Bad Jens: An Iranian Feminist Newsletter
(A "feminist online magazine mainly addressing readers outside Iran. It is hoped to be a step towards improving links between activists/academics inside and outside the country." It features news, announcements, interviews, and articles about life in Iran and relevant activism. Publication began in 2000 on a quarterly basis; there are plans that from now on, Bad Jens will appear monthly, on the 21st of each month [i.e., the 1st of every Iranian month]. The web site includes an archive of back issues.)

Belgian Women's Studies WWW Server - see EuroMap: European Women's Studies Information

Books on Women's Studies Published in India
(Vedams Books International has created this useful site to call attention to recent books on Women's Studies published in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal and often focusing on women in this area. The listings include not just publication information but also [by clicking on "details"] tables of contents and excerpts from the book jacket or preface.)

BRIDGE
(This site, based in England, "supports gender advocacy and mainstreaming efforts by bridging the gaps between theory, policy, and practice with accessible and diverse gender information." Focusing especially on gender and development, it offers a searchable array of publications in such areas as "Conflicts and Emergencies," "Country Profiles," "Economics," "Governance," "Poverty," and Sectors." Some of its resources are also available in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Albanian, and/or Chinese.)

Bridging the Gender Digital Divide: A Report on Gender and ICT in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
(This United Nations report by Lenka Simerska and Katarina Fialova includes an inventory of gender equality projects and resources for the information society in the CEE/CIS region. It also "highlights the need for increased action to address imbalances between women's and men's access to and participation in ICTs" in the region and "emphasizes the powerful potential of ICTs as a vehicle for advancing gender equality." The report is available in .pdf format in both English and Russian; it requires the use of a free Adobe Acrobat reader.)

British Library for Development Studies: Gender
(Though this well-organized site does not provide documents, it does help you to identify what books, articles, etc. dealing with gender and development issues are available. The resources are arranged into such categories as education, faith, food security, globalisation, hiv/aids, ICTs, rights, trade, violence, work, and more. In some cases, it is possible to request a resource be sent to you.)

Canadian Women's Health Network
(This site, available in both English and French, offers very extensive resources on women's health. A large assortment of relevant topics include not just the usual ones such as ""fitness and nutrition," "menopause and healthy aging," and "pregnancy and motherhood," but also such categories as "gender-based analysis," "health policy," "women in the workplace," and attention to the health issues of aboriginal women, lesbians and bisexual women, and women with disabilities. The site also provides a section called "what's hot in women's health?" and extensive links to related sites. )

C.A.R.I.T.I.G. (Centre d'Aide, de Recherche et d'Information sur la Transsexualité et l'Identité de Genre)
(Web site of a French nonprofit organization that provides assistance, research, and information on transsexuality and gender identity. Most of the articles and other resources are in French, though parts of the site are also available in English.)

CEDAW: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
(Part of the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, this site provides information about CEDAW, the U.N. convention that "is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination." Available here are not just the text of the convention but also its history, country reports, meeting information, and other documentation, some of which is available in several languages.)

Center for Reproductive Rights
(The Center for Reproductive Rights is an independent, non-profit organization "dedicated to ensuring that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services." The website provides news coverage of reproductive rights legal issues, information about the status of reproductive rights around the world, fact sheets and other resources, an online newsletter, and more. Sections of the website are devoted to Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States. Some materials are available in Spanish, French, and Arabic as well as English.)

Center of Excellence: Women and Science
(This German-language website [with substantial parts available in English as well] focuses on information, news, and other resources concerning women in science, especially in Europe. Among the resources in the German version of the site are a very extensive collection of relevant links in 22 categories and an extensive statistics portal offering gender statistics concerning women in science both in Germany and internationally.)

Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science
(The Centre aims to promote, mobilize, and network women and youth in science in Central Europe, to raise awareness of the importance of including a gender dimension in scientific research, to prepare young researchers to advance in their careers, to encourage policy developments at the national level concerning women in science, and more. Among the Centre's many initiatives is an interdisciplinary database of women scientists from Central Europe. The site also includes relevant news, statistics, information arranged by country, links to related sites, and more.)

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
(Website of a non-governmental organization dedicated to combating sexual exploitation, especially prostitution and trafficking in women. Includes publications, statements, testimony, fact sheets, links to related sites, and more.)

Development Gateway: Gender and Development
(The Development Gateway takes as its motto "Putting the Internet to Work for Developing Countries." The Gender and Development section of this large site provides information about women's use of the Internet, especially in the developing world. Sections include News, Events, and Resources, among others. Limited parts of the site are available in French and Spanish.)

DIANA: International Human Rights Database
(A collaborative database of electronic materials essential to human rights research. This part of the database, at the University of Toronto's Law Library, is devoted to Women's Human Rights. It includes a rich, well-organized set of links for legal research; documents from governmental and non-governmental organizations; and a bibliography of women's human rights documents.)

Digital Opportunity Chanel
(The mission of the Digital Opportunity Chanel is "to educate a global audience on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for promoting digital opportunity for all..." The site is a portal that highlights news and current trends in ICT for development, as well as issues such as the digital divide and the efforts to tackle it. The site also showcases best practices and provides shared spaces for interested practitioners to network with one another, collaborate on common projects, and campaign for common goals.

The Dimitra Project: Rural Women and Development
(A Belgium-based project, supported by the United Nations, designed to contribute to improvement of living conditions of rural women around the world through dissemination of information. The bilingual (French/English) site offers information about hundreds of organizations, projects, and publications, as well as copies of a newsletter and links to related sites.)

Eldis Gender Resource Guide
(Eldis, hosted by the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex in England, describes itself as a "gateway to information on development issues." Its valuable Gender Resource Guide offers abundant reports, news, and other material that focus on gender issues internationally.)

Eldis ICT for Development Resource Guide
(Eldis describes itself as a "gateway to information on development issues." The Resource Guide offers an extensive collection of high-quality reports, news, web sites, statistics, etc. concerning ICT [information and communication technologies] and development. One section deals with ICT and gender. Eldis is hosted by the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex in England.)

Empowering Women Through ICT
(in 2007, eGov, a UK-based online newsletter, added this section about the challenges and opportunities that ICT offers for women around the world.)

ENAWA: European and North American WomenAction
(ENAWA is "a network of media, ICT, information, and advocacy organizations strengthening and integrating a feminist analysis in the information and media landscape in relation to social movements" around the world. The ENAWA web site offers related news, publications, reports, searchable databases of web sites and information centers, a calendar of events, and more.)

EngenderHealth
(Website of a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving women's health worldwide. The site offers abundant information about women's health issues, with an international focus.)

e.quality@work: An Information Base on Equal Employment Opportunities
(This site, sponsored by the International Labor Organization, offers a factual, not analytical, compilation of available information on equal employment opportunities around the world. It is organized into eight sections: International, Regional, National Statistics, National Legal Frameworks, National Guidelines, Government Programmes, Company Policies, and Trade Union Policies. It also offers extensive links to related sites, organized by country.)

EuroMap: European Women's Studies Information
(Clear, well-designed site offering information about Women's Studies in Europe and, to a lesser degree, elsewhere.)

European Database of Women Experts in Science, Engineering, and Technology
(Searchable database of European women in SET. In addition to being able to search on fields (e.g., "physicist"), you can search for women willing to serve as mentors, role models, speakers, and media contacts.)

European Platform of Women Scientists
(An organization formed "to build a structural link between women scientists and research policy makers. The aim is to introduce a new key strategic actor into the research policy debate by making the voice of women scientists heard." The site offers relevant news, position papers, official publications on women in science, and links to European Union institutions involved in the decision-making process.)

Family Health International (FHI)
(FHI is a not-for-profit organization working in the areas of AIDS/HIV/STD, family planning, and reproductive health around the world, with a focus on developing countries. A Women's Studies page includes links to a number of case studies, working papers, and reports. Parts of the web site are available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic.)

FEMALE: Die Feministische Alternative Im Internet (in German)
(Information about women and women-related Internet resources in Austria, Germany, and worldwide.)

Female Genital Mutilation
(This web page from the human rights organization Amnesty International discusses female genital mutilation [FGM], also known as clitoridectomy or female circumcision. It defines and describes FGM, briefly explains why it is practiced, discusses FGM as a human rights violation, outlines how international law regards the practice, and describes the work of Non-Governmental Organizations [NGOs] to combat FGM.)

Female Genital Mutilation Education and Networking Project
(Marianne Sarkis' site offers extensive resources for research, teaching, and activism regarding female genital mutilation, including a bibliography, information about films, legislation, health concerns, religious issues, e-mail lists, and more. Some attention also to male circumcision.)

FemCities
(Successor to the Milena Network, FemCites is an information and communication platform for women's policy issues in Europe. In addition to information on women's projects, the website offers a calendar of women-related events, media reports, culture, and news about relevant political developments, as well as a directory of contact persons and institutions concerned with such issues as equal opportunity, economy, politics, and science.)

Feminist Africa
(This site offers full text issues of Feminist Africa, a scholarly journal currently hosted by the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. The journal provides a forum for "progressive, cutting-edge feminist intellectual dialogue and gender research on the African continent." Each issue focuses on a single topic, such as "Intellectual Politics," "Women Mobilised," and "Subaltern Sexualities.")

Feminist and Women's Studies Association
("The FWSA is a UK-based network promoting feminist research and teaching, and women’s studies nationally and internationally.")

Feminist Europa. Review of Books
(Now available online at no cost, Feminist Europa is a journal written in English that reviews "feminist scholarship, creative and popular work by women published in Europe, in languages other than English." )

Feminist Theology: see Hulda - Feminist Theology

FemiWeb
(Website in French devoted to women's health, with emphasis on resources for pregnancy and childbirth.)

femOVE
(femOVE is an Austrian organization founded in 2009 to provide networking, encouragement, and support for women working in Electrical Engineering and related fields at all hierarchical levels throughout Austria. More information is available [in German] on the website.)

Fempress
(Monthly Spanish-language magazine devoted to women's issues and to more fairness between women and men. Primary focus is on Latin America. The website includes full-text articles from the current issue.)

Frauen im Netz
(German-language resources concerning women and the Internet.)

Frauen - Planen Bauen Wohnen
(Hermann Kühn's web page offers annotated links to Internet resources dealing with women and architecture, city planning, housing, and related issues. Mostly in German.)

Gender and Development
(The World Bank created this site to further its goals of promoting gender equality and empowering women. Among the site's resources are news, a gender mainstreaming strategy paper, a report on engendering development [available in several languages], tools for specific sectors, an electronic database of gender statistics and indicators, and information about gender and ICT.)

Gender and HIV/AIDS
(Sponsored by UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, this web site serves as a resource center and web portal for gender-specific knowledge and information about HIV/AIDS. It provides reports, debates, and practical tools, links to other quality websites on gender and HIV/AIDS, as well as a home in cyberspace for the global community to share insights, materials, research, best practices and more.)

Gender and ICTs for Development
(This special website, sponsored by the Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen in the Netherlands, is devoted to the use of Information and Communication Technologies as a tool for development, especially rural development, in developing countries. Sections include Guest Contributions of articles and papers; Bibliography; Projects; Links to Related Sites; and News and Events.)

Gender at Work
(The web site describes Gender at Work as "a transnational network of individuals and organizations which works to end discrimination against women and advance cultures of equality." Among the free resources offered are articles, books, videos, and recommendations. The organization also provides consultants, whose expertise is described on the web site.)

gender_cyber_archive
(The Italian women's site Orlando includes a very extensive [though not very apparent] listing of links to online articles about various aspects of feminist inquiry. Included are more than 100 articles by well-known and not-so-well-known scholars in Europe and North America, among them Donna Haraway, Joan W. Scott, Rosi Braidotti, and Susan Stanford Friedman.)

Gender: ELDIS Resources
(Electronic resources, bibliography, full-text highlights, briefings, and course descriptions dealing with gender and development from the Electronic Development and Environment Information System [ELDIS].)

Gender Equality and Women's Development in China
(The Information Office of China's State Council issued this white paper in August 2005. In addition to a description of the State Mechanism to Promote Gender Equality, sections deal with the economy, poverty elimination, participation in decision making and management, education, health, marriage and the family, the environment, and legal guarantees of women's rights and interests.)

Gender, Ethnicity, & Class (Wales)
(Essays and links related to class, ethnicity, gender, representation, and social and personal identity.)

Gendered Perspectives in Development (GPID) Bulletin and Working Papers
(Sponsored by Michigan State University's Gender, Development, and Globalization program (formerly known as WID, Women and International Development), the GPID Bulletin is a triannual newsletter that compiles the most recent and important resources for those interested in gender-related development issues. It provides abstracts of current books, articles, monographs, online resources, and audiovisual materials pertaining to women and international development. Also included are summaries and contact information for upcoming conferences, fellowships, and study opportunities. Each issue concludes with a review of a recently published book. The GPID Working Papers series publish scholarly work on global social, political, and economic change and its gendered effects in developing nations.)

Gender Forum
(A high-quality electronic journal that describes itself as "an internet platform for gender and women's studies. It developed from Gender Inn, an impressive database for gender and women's studies at Germany's Cologne University. Among the topics with which Gender Forum is especially concerned are gender and postcolonial/intercultural issues, gender and the media, and queer studies. The English-language journal carries articles and reviews and seeks feedback and discussion from its readers.)

gender INN
(Women and Gender Studies Database from the University of Cologne. This searchable database contains over 8000 records pertaining to feminist theory, feminist literary criticism, and gender studies focusing on English and American literature. In German and English.)

Gender in Norway
(Website devoted to "information and resources on gender equality and gender research in Norway." The site offers news as well as information in a variety of areas, among them families and relationships, population and migration, crime and violence, health and reproductive rights, and media and technology.)

GenderIT.org
(An international portal developed by the Association for Progressive Communications "to broaden awareness of gender and ICTs [information and communication technologies] and to offer a practical tool for ICT advocates, especially women's organisations and movements, to ensure that ICT policy meets their needs and does not infringe on their rights." It offers extensive, searchable resources, papers, and articles on gender and ICT policy issues around the world. Among the gender and ICT policy issues featured are economic empowerment, education, health, violence against women, communication rights, universal access, cultural diversity and language, governance, and more. The site also tries to explain and demystify the jargon often used in discussions of ICT policy and technical issues.)

Gender Matters: An Overview
(A very extensive collection of links related to gender and postcolonialism. Separate sections for Feminist Theory, Economics, History, Politics, Literary Relations, Religion, Science, Visual Arts, Themes, Imagery, Bibliography, and Post Colonial Theory.)

Gender Policy Review
(A monthly magazine geared toward policy professionals and individuals interested in gender and international, development, and domestic politics.)

Gender-Related Electronic Forums: International
(Annotated, frequently-updated listing of women- and gender-related email discussion forums whose focus is outside the U.S. and Canada.)

Gender Research in Sweden
(An English-language journal published annually by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research. The journal presents both research results and research policies.)

GenderStats
(This site, part of the World Bank's web site, offers a searchable database of worldwide gender statistics, organized by country and by topic. The database is updated as new information becomes available. Coverage covers a wide range of topics ranging from education and health to labor force structure and political participation, as well as an array of basic demographics.)

Genesis
(The Genesis Project, based at The Women's Library in London, is devoted to developing access to women's history sources in the British Isles. The web site includes a searchable, comprehensive list of both British and international web resources relating to the study of women's history and a database of library, museum, and archive collection descriptions.)

GINE-web
(Spanish-language online resources for women's health and well-being. Includes an impressive, well-organized collection of links, "Enlaces de Salud.")

GINSC: Gender Information Network of South Caucasus
(This bilingual [English/Russian] site's resources include news; announcements; documents; illustrated information about Women in Politics, Women in Art, Women and Society, and Women in Business in Armenia, Azerbaidjan, and Georgia ; links to organizations involved in networks and coalitions; a searchable database of several hundred women's organizations in South Caucasus; and links to relevant international and regional sites.)

The Girl's Guide
(Frequently-updated Australian site with interesting links in more than a dozen categories, such as business, feminism, health, sport, and books & writing.)

Girls and ICTs
(This Australian site offers abundant information about girls/women and ICTs, including projects and suggestions for how to interest more young women in ICTs and ICT careers.)

GirlTech International
(This commercial site, sponsored by the toymaker Mattel, features tech games, gadgets, and activities designed to appeal to girls and, perhaps, to encourage their interest in technology. Links at the start lead to identical sites in the UK and Ireland, the US, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Latin America, and Australia/New Zealand, each in the appropriate language.)

Girly Geekdom Blog
(A UK-based blog by Sarah Blow and others "based around technology, events, women and all things geeky.")

Global Fund for Women
(International organization that provides grants for women's rights groups outside the United States to improve women's human rights in such areas as health, reproductive rights, economic independence, access to education, conflict resolution, peace-building, and political participation. In addition to information about the organization's activities, the web site offers publications and resources and useful links to related sites.)

Global List of Women's Organisations
(Denise Osted's ambitious project to provide a comprehensive listing of women's organizations all over the world, including those without e-mail or web addresses. The project is far from complete, but it already provides useful information for those countries it covers. Businesses and for-profit organizations are not included.)

GopherDonna - see Storia delle Donne

The Guttmacher Institute
(This well-known Institute's site offers current research findings and policy analyses concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U. S. and internationally. Resources include articles from Institute publications, policy papers, fact sheets, and more. It also gives visitors to the site the opportunity to create a table or a map using the Institute's data on demographics, abortion, adolescents, contraception, pregnancy, , services, and financing.)

Harvard Database on Law and Population
(This searchable database, produced jointly by Harvard Law School and the United Nations Population Fund, contains "summaries and excerpts of legislation, constitutions, court decisions, and other official government documents from every country in the world relating to population policies, reproductive health, women's rights, and related topics.")

A History of International Women's Day in Words and Images
(The site offers a "cyberedition" of Australian Joyce Stevens' similarly titled book.)

Hulda - Feminist Theology
(Rebecca Unsoeld's updated bilingual site [German/English] contains links to her own Bible studies and extensive links to a variety of other feminist theology and Bible study web sites, as well as to a feminist theology bibliography.)

Human Rights & Women's Rights
(Towson University librarian Sara Nixon has created this very useful collection of information and resources concerning human rights and women's rights. The collection is divided into six sections: General, Country & Regional, Women's Rights, Issues, Treaties & Legal Documents, and Handouts. The sections include information about both hard-copy resources available in the library and electronic resources available on the Web.)

Indian Gender Resource Center
(Resources concerning women and gender issues in India, as well as lists of gender resources internationally. Includes news, conferences, definitions of gender terminology, gender-focused organizations in India, and brief biographies of a number of accomplished Indian women.)

Information and Communication Technologies and Gender Seminar Series
(This series, affiliated with the World Bank, looks at the impact that information and communication technologies (ICT) are having on gender relations and innovative ways that ICTs are being used to overcome gender inequalities. The site offers presentation materials from the seminars, including links to video recordings.)

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
(ICRW aims to promote "social and economic development with women's full participation." Site includes information about international research projects, seminars, social policy issues, grants, advocacy efforts, and publications. Focus is primarily on women in developing and transition countries.)

International Gender Studies Resources
(This valuable website from Berkeley's Institute for International Studies offers "research and teaching materials meant to facilitate the integration of Women's and Gender Studies into International Area Studies...." Included are general and specific bibliographies and filmographies on issues pertaining to women and gender in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Arab World, and among minority cultures in North America and Europe, as well as links to related sites.)

International Information Centre and Archives for the Women's Movement
(Organization based in The Netherlands whose bilingual website [Dutch/English] provides access to extensive, searchable databases of information about women's resources and women's issues. In addition, the site offers the contents of the Dutch journal LOVER, Magazine on Feminism, Culture and Scienceas well as a newsletter available in Dutch, English, French, and Spanish.)

International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology
(A British-based online journal established in 2009 that seeks to provide international perspectives on issues concerning gender and SET. Abstracts and full-text articles are available on the journal's web site.)

International Review of Women and Leadership
(Australian-based "applied interdisciplinary journal which considers women and leadership in its broadest context." Includes abstracts of articles from all issues and links to other women's resource pages.)

International Trafficking in Women to the United States: A Contemporary Manifestation of Slavery and Organized Crime
(A 70-page 1999 report by Amy O'Neill Richard, an analyst with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The report deals with trafficking of women and children for the sex industry and for labor. The report, in pdf format, requires an Adobe Acrobat reader, which may already be on your computer. If not, it can be downloaded at no cost from Adobe.)

International Women (WSSLINKS)
(Part of the excellent WSSLINKS collection of Internet resources, this one by librarian Jacquelyn Marie. It contains information about bibliographies, email lists, newsletters and journals, organizations, and collections of links concerning women around the world.)

International Women's Day
(This site, sponsored by the U.K. firm Aurora, provides information about the celebration of International Women's Day (March 8), a day that "has been observed since ... the early 1900's" and is an official holiday in several countries. Features include a brief history of the holiday, a calendar of IWD events throughout the world, news, and links to related sites.)

International Women's Health Coalition
(The IWHC "works to generate health and population policies, programs, and funding that promote and protect the rights and health of girls and women worldwide, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and countries in postsocialist transition." The web site offers reports and resources that focus on three themes: adolescent health & rights; sexual rights; and access to safe abortion.)

Intute: Women's Studies
(Intute is an extraordinary UK site that provides access to "the very best Web resources for education and research." Created by a network of UK universities and partners, it includes a very extensive Women's Studies section. "Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities." It aims "to match resources to the women's studies curriculum and the needs of researchers." The resources are very well selected, annotated, and organized, and the site is searchable.

INWES - International Network of Women in Engineering and Science
(The INWES web site offers "information, knowledge, and ideas that can provide a significant voice, for women around the world, a voice that is heard by mainstream mainstream science and engineering on issues such as the environment, sustainable development, gender equity, and many other critical issues." The web site helps to publicize international news, events, and organizations active in promoting women's participation in science, engineering, math, and technology.)

Isis International - Manila
(Isis International is a feminist NGO [non-governmental organization] dedicated to women's information and communication needs. The Manila-based branch focuses on issues advancing women's rights, leadership, and empowerment in Asia and the Pacific. The site provides reports, news and announcements, information about online and offline resources, and links to relevant sites. It is also the home of the online publication Women in Action.)

Italia Donna
(Italian-language web site devoted to coverage of women in Italian life and culture. Separate sections deal with women and work, society, emigration, institutions, history, traditions, and art. The site also houses a mailing list and the project "Italintranet Donna," which is compiling information about Italian women and women of Italian origin around the world.)

JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies
(A peer-reviewed ejournal devoted to the promotion of research and scholarship of African women to the global African community and friends of Africa. JENdA documents and responds to debates on women's history and studies in African social, cultural, political and economic systems. The journal is published by Africa Resources Center, Inc.)

Journal of South Asia Women Studies
(Current and back issues containing articles about women's issues in South Asia.)

Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
(Karamah focuses on domestic and global issues of human rights for Muslims, with particular emphasis on Muslim women. The site offers legal news, information about civil rights projects, online and print publications, and more.)

Kate's Feminism Page
(In addition to a very good collection of general links, Kate Orman's Australian site has separate sections devoted to domestic violence and to female and male rape.)

Know How Conference on the World of Women's Information
(International project and conference to "improve the accessibility and visibility of women's information services throughout the world." Site available in English, French, and Spanish.)

Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society
(Articles from the journal, based in India, and links to other sites focusing on Indian women)

Mapping the World of Women's Information Services
(A searchable database of women's information services available throughout the world. The aim of the Mapping the World project is to increase the visibility of women's information services and to facilitate access to gender-specific information among women, women's organizations, policy makers, and general information services.)

Middle East & Islamic Studies Collection: Women & Gender Issues
(Links to news articles, essays, and other online material about women and gender in the Middle East, put together by a specialist bibliographer at the Cornell University Library.)

Mujeres en Red: el periódico feminista
(An interesting Spanish-language site that describes itself as "el portal de género en Internet." It covers a vast array of feminist issues, among them Comunicación, Cultura, Economía, Empoderamiento, Globalización, Igualdad, Lenguaje, Política, Salud, Sociedad de la Información, Tecnología, Violencia de género, and a lot more.)

Muslim Women's Homepage
(Huma Ahmad's site offers extensive links to information about "the true stance Islam takes on gender issues and the role of women.")

National Women's Justice Coalition
(This Australian organization's site offers extensive information about resources relating to promoting women's legal equality and women's justice issues.)

NetFemme
(French Canadian site offering Internet resources on issues affecting French-speaking women: governmental and non-governmental organizations, health, activism, gay and lesbian resources, cultural events, e-mail lists, and more. The site is included under "International" because it is in French.)

Network of East-West Women
(Site offers news of independent women's movements in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, plus projects, publications, and links to related sites.)

Network of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies in Europe (N.O.I.S.E.)
(Extensive information about the network of women's studies programs in Europe)

Nordic Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Research (NIKK)
(Bilingual site [Norwegian/English] offering information and useful links concerning women's/gender studies research, resources, and activities in Europe.)

OnlineWomeninPolitics.org
(This web site, managed by the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics, provides news, statistics, resources, and other information concerning women's participation in politics, governance, and decision making internationally. )

Les Pénélopes
(Website of Les Pénélopes, a French feminist organization. Available in French, English, and Spanish, the site offers news, features, reports, events, portraits, and other resources of interest to feminists internationally.)

PinkStinks
(A UK-based website that aims to combat "the culture of pink" that warps and limits young girls aspirations and sense of self-worth. It does so in part by providing girls with positive female role models in a variety of fields, "real" role models chosen for their skills and achievements.)

Polaris Project: Combating Trafficking of Women and Children
(A site dedicated to combatting the trafficking of women and children worldwide, including the 50,000 trafficked annually in the United States. The site provides information about international trafficking, programs to combat trafficking, news, opportunities to take action, and links to HumanTrafficking.com, where one can report cases and search by country or state for trafficking databases.)

Pont des Arts Blog
(I include very few blogs in these listings, in part because there are better places to find out about blogs and in part because including blogs would make this already large listing excessively large. Every now and then, however, I make an exception. Women-related sci/tech blogs are one such exception, and Pont des Arts is another. Pont des Arts is a Spanish-language blog by Gabriela De Cicco, from Argentina. Updated almost every day, the blog offers interesting observations about the following topics: Activismo, Actualidad, Argentina, Art, Blogosfera, Cultura, Escribir, Feminismo, Lesbianas, Lgbt, Literatura, Mujeres, Musica, y Periodismo. Also included are links to related sites.)

Powercat: ein Webkatalog für Frauen
(German-language women-focused search engine.)

RAWA: Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
(Pro-human-rights, anti-fundamentalist activist site.)

Rete Informativa Lilith
(Rete Lilith is the Italian network of women's documentation centers, archives, and libraries. You can consult online two databases: one bibliographical and one archival. It also contains some links to related sites. In Italian.)

Review of Women's Studies
(A bilingual [English/Arabic] yearly publication from the Institute of Women's Studies at Birzeit University that deals with research on gender issues in Palestinian society in a range of disciplines. Full text of articles is available online.)

RIMA: Red Informativa de Mujeres de Argentina
(This is the Spanish-language site for the Argentinian Women's Information Network. It includes news, a legal library, information about the RIMA email list, and well over a dozen other sections of information on such topics as Health, Childhood and Adolescence, Sexualities, and Violence, as well as links to related sites.)

Russian Feminism Resources
(Information relating to Russian women, and the development of independent grass-roots feminism in Russia in recent years. Includes both English and Russian links.)

Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women
(Information about women in Buddhism and related links.)

SAWNET (South Asian Women's Issues)
(News and information about books, films, health, electronic resources, and more for women from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.)

Server Donne
(An Italian-language portal for women. Among its many resources are a link to Il Biblioteca Italiana delle Donne, information about upcoming events, and an extensive, annotated set of links to related sites.)

Servicio de Noticias de la Mujer/Women's News Service
(A bilingual Spanish/English site that specializes in reporting on women and gender issues in Latin America. The site includes a searchable database (currently only in Spanish) of more than 360 news articles published in Latin America in the past two years. Each database record includes the article's title, author, country, number of words, a summary of the article, and the cost and procedure for obtaining the article. The site also invites submission of other material relevant to the situation of women in Latin America.)

Siyanda - Mainstreaming Gender Equity
(The Siyanda web site offers an online database of gender and development materials, such as reports, articles, international experts, and consultants. It is also an interactive space where gender practitioners can share ideas, experiences, and resources.)

Social Indicators
(Statistics compiled by the Statistics Division of the United Nation's Department of Economics and Social Affairs. These are the "minimum" that have been proposed for "followup and monitoring implementation of recent major United Nations conferences on children, population and development, social development and women." Among the topics are population, health, child-bearing, education, literacy, income and economic activity, unemployment, and more.)

Southeast Asia Women's Studies Bibliography
(This excellent resource from the UC Berkeley library lists reference materials, books, journal articles, and websites for scholarly research related to women in Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.)

The State of World Population 2000
(Released in September 2000, this annual report of the United Nations Population Fund documents extensive gender inequality and discrimination against women and girls and discusses the effects of this discrimination on individuals and societies. The report's sections include Gender and Health; Violence Against Women and Girls; Men, Reproductive Rights, and Gender Equality; Counting the Cost of Gender Inequality; Women's Rights are Human Rights; and Working Towards a Better Future. The report includes graphs and charts of key facts and figures, and related links. It is also available in French and Spanish.)

Stop Violence Against Women
(This site, sponsored by the human rights organization Amnesty International, provides news, action alerts, reports, and other resources for stopping violence against women around the world.)

Storia delle Donne
(A yearly journal, sponsored by Firenza University Press, offers scholarly essays by and about women, both in history and in the present day. The essays are in Italian, but abstracts are provided in English. The journal is available both online and in a print version.)

Stree Academic Publishers
(A small independent publisher based in Calcutta, India, Stree publishes scholarly books in English and in Bengali on social and women's issues, especially issues facing women in India today. The site provides descriptions of each of the books Stree has published or is about to publish, including many that are hard to find elsewhere.)

UNESCO Observatory Portal on the Information Society: Special Focus: Women
(A United Nations listing of networks and programs around the world that provide information and resources to increase women's participation in and use of information and communication technologies.)

UNIFEM
(Web site of the United Nations Development Fund for Women offers resources concerning women's empowerment and gender equity, including such issues as economic capacity/opportunity, violence against women, women's human rights, and more.)

The United Nations and the Status of Women
(Subtitled "setting the global gender agenda," this site provides information about the U.N.'s efforts to improve the status and condition of women around the world.)

United Women's Voice
(Calling itself "the UK's first interactive newspaper for women," this refreshing site offers a wide variety of news, features, and opportunities for women to make their voices heard. In addition to expected categories such as "family life," "health," and "consumer," there are sections devoted to "environment," "politics," "arts," and "women in history," among others, along with a "salary checker," the opportunity to contribute theater, tv, film, and book reviews, and more.)

W4 - Women's WorldWide Web
(An online collaborative platform based in France and dedicated to empowering girls and women around the world through education, microfinance, access to ICTs, and networking. Le site est disponible aussi en français.)

A Web of One's Own
(Reviews, essays, interviews [mostly in Dutch w/English summaries], and extensive links.)

WEDO: Women's Environment and Development Organization
(A global activist, advocacy, and information organization)

WEL: Women's Electoral Lobby (Australia)
(Women-focused information about Australian politics and society; includes essays, book reviews, speeches, legislation, WWW links, and more.)

WID Bulletin - see Gendered Perspectives in Development (GPID) Bulletin and Working Papers

WIDNET (Women in Development Network)
(Bilingual [English/French] site offering statistics and other information about women's health, education, labor, political participation, etc. around the world)

WIF: Women in French
(WIF promotes the study of francophone women writers and of women more generally in francophone countries. This bilingual website also provides information about conferences and other events, publications, the WIF e-mail list, related links, and more.)

WIG: Women in German
(Includes info about conferences, publications, the WIG-L list, and related links.)

WIGSAT: Women in Global Science and Technology Network
(The purpose of this exceptionally information-rich site is "to help increase international networking among women scientists and technologists, and especially to help promote information-sharing with and among women from developing countries." WIGSAT also hosts the Gender, Science, and Technology Gateway, a valuable portal of international information, with a particular focus on technology, gender, and development.)

WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service
(WINGS is "an all-woman independent radio production company that produces and distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world." In addition to providing information about the organization, the web site offers an annotated archive of past programs, some of which can be listened to online, links to related sites, and more.)

The WIP
(The WIP [Women's International Perspective] is a comprehensive news website that reports world news, opinion, and commentary from female contributors around the world. The site claims that its mission "is to provide quality news from the unique perspectives of women that is accessible worldwide and free to our readers." The WIP seeks to rectify the under-representation of female journalists and to offer "a greater diversity of background and opinion than typically found in one online news publication.")

WISE: Women into Science, Engineering, and Construction
(WISE is a UK-based organization whose mission is "to encourage UK girls of school age to value and pursue STEM [science, math, engineering, technology] or construction-related courses in school or college, and to move on into related careers." The website offers profiles of "inspirational women" in these fields; information and resources aimed at girls, employers, parents and teachers; booklets, periodicals, and other print resources to encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM careers; annotated links to related sites, and more.)

WNN - Women News Network
(WNN is an organization dedicated to presenting in depth international women's news that is often not found in most public news media. The site includes feature articles available both for reading and for listening, podcasts, videos, and links to related sites.)

WOMAN: Computertechnik und -Kommunikation für Frauen (in German)
(A non-profit organization offering women's resources, info, a network with many newsgroups on women's issues, and web space for women's groups in Germany)

WomenAction
(A "global information, communication and media network that enables NGOs to actively engage in the Beijing+5 review process with the long term goal of women's empowerment, with a special focus on women and media." The web site, available in English, French, and Spanish, offers information, involvement, and resources focusing on Africa, Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, and Europe & North America.)

Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network
(WAGNet aims to link European scholarship in Chinese women's/gender studies; however, the Network is open to scholars throughout the world. Among the resources the website offers are news; announcements of academic conferences, jobs, and other opportunities; extensive links to relevant sites; abstracts of member publications; descriptions of other relevant publications; and a searchable database of WAGNet members. Reading lists and working papers will eventually also be available.)

Women and International Development Program (MSU)
(A valuable collection of resources from the WID program at Michigan State University. The site includes annotated Internet links arranged by region, annotated bibliographies, abstracts of several hundred inexpensive articles for sale, a film guide, information about relevant academic programs at MSU, a promised listing of MSU gender-related courses, and more.)

WomenConnect
(A UK-based organization whose motto is "using and shaping the Internet together," WomenConnect aims to build an electronic network of women's organizations and resource contacts throughout England. The site offers information about relevant events, resources, links, etc.)

Women Immigrants 1945 to the Present: A Bibliography
(Eleanore Hofstetter has provided this multidisciplinary bibliography to supplement and update her book Women in Global Migration, 1945-2000: A Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Bibliography. The update includes books, journals, essays, government reports and doctoral dissertations; they treat "all aspects of the lives and issues concerning women who are living permanently or for long periods outside their country of origin or who have migrated for fixed periods of time on work contracts." The update is organized into a title and author list and several broad subject areas, including Demography, Economics, Education, Health, Law, Personal Narratives, Religion, and more.)

Women in India: How Free? How Equal?
(An independent, analytical report commissioned by the United Nations in 2001. Written by Kalyani Menon-Sen and A.K. Shiva Kumar, it examines gender inequalities in various aspects of social and economic life in India--health, education, work, assets, decision-making, etc.--and makes suggestions for achieving greater gender equality.)

Women, Ink: Women and Development Resources
(A project of the International Women's Tribune Centre to market and distribute resources on women and development worldwide. It includes well-organized, annotated listings from publishers all over the world. Though a commercial site, it offers much valuable information.)

Women in Science: A Resource for Gender Mainstreaming
(A resource bank initiated by the Committee for Mainstreaming – Women in Science in Norway. "It aims to be a tool for gender equality work in the academic sector. It includes statistics, literature, list of measures and best practises.")

Women Living Under Muslim Laws
(Website of an "international solidarity network" for "women whose lives are shaped, conditioned, or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam." The network now links individual women and organizations in more than 70 countries. The website offers news, calls for action, publications, and extensive annotated links to related sites, as well as some resources available for purchase.)

Women of Color Web Site
(An excellent resource created by Yolanda Retter, this site contains "links to and original material on the history and culture of women of color in the U.S. and other countries." It includes bibliographies, articles, interviews, notable women, and Internet sites focusing on African American, Native American, Asian Pacific Islander, Latina/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Multiracial/Multiethnic women.)

Women of India
(This site offers coverage of wide-ranging topics on the history and status of women in India over the centuries. Among the topics covered are Sati, historical women, and women's museums. The site includes a large number of photographs.)

Women, Peace, and Security
(A portal offering comprehensive information on the dangers and responsibilities facing women and girls during armed conflicts and women's roles in peace building. The site's resources include information sources, country profiles, issue briefs, UN resources, and more. Sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund for Women [UNIFEM].)

Women, State, Culture in the Former Yugoslavia
(Kristina Mihalec's site includes a bibliography of print and online pieces and an extensive collection of related links. Includes a link to CROW, the first online zine for and about women in Croatia.)

Women's Aid
(Women's Aid is an organization based in Ireland that helps women and children who are being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused in their homes. The web site offers useful information about what domestic violence [DV] is, myths about DV, the social and historical context, and statistics, as well as services that Women's Aid provides.)

Women's Enews
(Women's Enews is a professional news service providing news about issues of importance to women. The very interesting news stories "probe policy and politics, business and culture, from the perspectives of women's interests and priorities." The site offers coverage of women internationally, not just in the United States. The "Jeer of the Week" calls attention to outrageous news.)

Women's Health Queensland Wide
(Australian site offering information on an extensive array of issues such as sexually transmitted infections, menopause, hormone replacement, endometriosis, urinary incontinence, hysterectomy, infertility, ovarian and breast cancer, eating disorders, sexual violence, substance abuse, and more.)

Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development
(The purpose of the Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development project is "to help increase the number of sustainable ICT-based enterprises run by groups of poor women in developing countries." The web site provides online guidance and networking about women's ICT-based enterprises in developing countries. Among the resources the site provides is a "Handbook for More and Better Women's ICT-Based Enterprises," case studies [also available through Eldis--see next entry below], related publications, events, contacts, and links to related sites.)

Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development: Case Studies Page
("A set of twelve analytical case studies of the women's IT sector enterprises in developing countries. Each provides a summary of performance, success factors, good practices and risks. In total, they show the potential for an IT sector approach to deliver gender goals for development." The countries represented in the studies [in some cases, by more than one study] include Mozambique, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, India, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia. From Eldis, which also has a very extensive Gender Resource Guide from an international perspective.)

Women's Information Technology Transfer (WITT)
(This site has been established as a portal to link women's organizations and feminist advocates for the Internet in Eastern and Central Europe. It supports Eastern and Central European women in developing the web as an instrument of social activism. The website proclaims WITT's commitment to "bringing women's actions, activities, and struggles into the spotlight" and "promoting the use of free software as a way to highlight women's voices.")

Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace
(Women's Learning Partnership is an international organization dedicated to women's leadership and empowerment. It works with independent partner organizations in the Global South, particularly in Muslim-majority societies, to empower women to transform their families, communities, and societies. The tri-lingual website (English/French/Arabic) offers useful information about the status of women in the 20 countries where it has partners. It also offers a downloadable training handbook in 16 languages, information about programs on leadership and empowerment, on ICT capacity building, on women's human rights, and more, and a number of other resources.)

Women's Legal Issues in Africa
(Resources of use to participants in the Legal Advocacy for Women in Africa program at Georgetown Law School and others interested in these issues. The site includes links to domestic and international resources concerning women, law, policy, etc.)

Women'sNet
(South-African-based web site "designed to enable South African women to use the internet to find the people, issues, resources, and tools needed for women's social action." The site includes sections for News, HIV/AIDS information, Women and Human Rights, Preventing Violence Against Women, Gender in Parliament, Health, New Communication Technologies, Women and Enterprise, a Directory of South African Women's Organizations, and more.)

Women's Space Work
(Yvonne P. Doderer's site, based in Germany, provides annotated links to resources concerning cyberfeminism as theory and activism, political networking, feminist and lesbian activism, art on the net, and much more, including many outside the U.S. Doderer also offers a thoughtful essay entitled "Women's Space Work" that provides a feminist perspective on technological possibilities. The essay is available in both German and English.)

Women's Sports Foundation (U. K.)
(It's not clear whether there's any connection between this site and an identically-named U. S. site, but this one is based in the United Kingdom, and its information about women's sports and sporting events has a U.K. focus. It describes itself as "the only organisation in the U. K. that is solely committed to improving and promoting opportunities for women and girls in sport at every level." It offers news, research help, publications, and extensive related links.)

Women's Studies Internet Resources
(Comprehensive, well-organized, annotated listings from the University of York [UK] Library. Be sure to consult the listings on the left of the main page for Women's Studies Academic, Regional, and Themed listings. )

WomenWatch
("The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women." It provides information and data about women around the world and about the global agenda for improving the status of women.)

WOUGNET: Women of Uganda Network
(WOUGNET aims to promote the use of information and communication technologies [ICTs] for the better being of Ugandan women. The web site offers a rich array of online resources related to women in Uganda and in Africa more generally on such topics as agriculture, business, health, human rights, education, the environment, and more. The site also includes information about the WOUGNET email list.)

WSIS Gender Caucus
(The World Summit on the Information Society [WSIS] Gender Caucus, formed in Mali in 2002, is a group of women and men working "to ensure that gender equality and women's rights are integrated into WSIS and its outcome processes." The web site includes information about the Gender Caucus's core programme, press releases and other relevant news, a calendar of events, information about national and regional programmes, links to related sites, and more.)


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Copyright 2014 by Joan Korenman.

Please send all additions and corrections to: Joan Korenman .   However, please do not ask me to suggest web sites or other resources, and do not ask me to link to sites that are not rich in academic women-related resources. I unfortunately do not have time to respond to such requests. Many thanks.