What is the Global List of Women's Organisations?
Well, um, it's a global list of women's organisations. A list of women's organisations from all over the world. That means not just North America and Europe. That means not just organisations who have an e-mail address and/or a web site.
Who put this list together?
With whom are you affiliated?
So who are you, then?
I'm a Canadian-born writer and feminist, who emigrated to The Netherlands in May 1997.
Why did you do this?
In April 1998, I started looking for European women's organisations who might be interested in a subscription to Women'space Magazine. I couldn't find any comprehensive list of organisations, and that frustrated me, so I decided to compile one myself. The idea of a European list grew and grew, until I found myself gathering information from all over the world. Basically, it's a personal project that grew immensely large and ambitious. :-)
Who's paying for it?
I am. Or rather, nobody is. I've done this entirely as a volunteer effort, with no funding, no financial support whatsoever.
Where did you find all this information?
Good question! I found a lot of it online, by doing broad searches, and visiting thousands of sites. But I certainly didn't do all of this without help. People all over the world have e-mailed and snail mailed information to me - flyers, guides, booklets, files, lists, addresses, everything! Without the many hundreds of people and organisations world-wide who generously sent information to me, I could never have done as much as I did.
What kind of organisations have you included?
Well, I'm sure I've included much more than I intended. My goal is to include all women's organisations in the world. I also want to include organisations which may not necessarily be women-specific, but which have a women's program or programs.
I'm willing to include businesses, but they must meet all the following requirements:
I reserve the right to include or exclude businesses at my own discretion. If you notice a business on my list, please let me know! If you represent a women's business, and are already on the list, please send me your brochures so I can see if the business really belongs there. If you represent a women's business and you aren't on the list, send me your stuff, and I'll see if I should add you. :-)
I've also included organisations which deal with reproductive rights, even when they aren't strictly speaking, women's organisations.
I want to find all the organisations which deal with health (or writing, or peace, or politics, or...). How can I do that?
Unfortunately, the list is currently only sorted by country. Each country list is either sorted alphabetically (by name of organisation) or by postal code. So you'll have to go through the country lists to find what you're looking for.
Well, that's ridiculous. The list isn't very useful in its current form!
Yes, I know. That's why I'm looking for funding. This has been entirely a volunteer effort, and I know nothing about databases, so I just stuck all the information in plain text files. I've put hundreds and hundreds of hours into this, but I can't afford to pay anyone to create a searchable database. So until I get funding, this is what you get!
So how exactly do you plan to develop this resource?
I've got plans. Big plans! When I get funding, I want to create a searchable database online, so you can search by keyword, location, name of organisation, etc. I also want to publish the list in some form so that it is also accessible to organisations which are not online. I want to send a letter to each organisation on the list, so you can all add your own short description of your organisation, and choose your own keywords. Ideally, I'd like every entry to have a description and keywords, so this list is more useful. I'd also like to see the whole thing translated into a few other languages, since English just doesn't reach enough people, no matter what English-speakers think of the matter. :-)
When will it be ready?
Um, did I mention that I don't have funding yet? I have no idea when that will happen, so I have no idea when the database and published version will appear.
How can I help?
The answer to that takes up so much room that it has a page of its own.
What's with the language thing?
Some organisations sent in their information in their own language of service, which is just great! I'd like to translate the whole thing, starting with French and Spanish, and then moving on to other languages. If you want to include your organisation's description in languages other than English, please feel free to do so!
Are there any conditions to my use of this list?
You've included a business. Did you mean do do that?
Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on the business.
I'm willing to include businesses, but they must meet all the following requirements:
I reserve the right to include or exclude businesses at my own discretion. If you notice a business on my list, please let me know! If you represent a women's business, and are already on the list, please send me your brochures so I can see if the business really belongs there. If you represent a women's business and you aren't on the list, send me your stuff, and I'll see if I should add you. :-) Businesses which don't get added to this list can be added to my Women's Businesses. page.
You've included an organisation which no longer exists (or has moved, or has a new name). Do you want to know about that?
Yes, please! You can let me know at , or use the snail mail address at the bottom of the page. Please include the incorrect listing in your e-mail: that makes it easier for me to find it and make the changes.
You've included an organisation which has nothing to do with women (or is anti-woman). It doesn't even have a women's program! Why is it there?
I've relied completely on the information I've found online or have received from people all over the world. Since it's not possible for me to travel around and interview every organisation personally, I just have to take people's word for it. So if you find anything that doesn't belong on the list, please let me know at , or use the snail mail address at the bottom of the page.
I represent (or know of) a women's organisation which isn't on your list. How can I send you that information?
Please let me know at , or use the snail mail address at the bottom of the page. Please include as much of the following information as possible:
You can send this information in as many different languages as you please. I am only including organisations which have a snail mail address and/or telephone number (in other words, no organisations which can only be contacted by e-mail). If you don't want your organisation's snail mail address on the web, just let me know what to exclude.
My organisation is on the list, but we don't want to be there. Can we be removed?
Absolutely, immediately, and without question. Let me know at , or use the snail mail address at the bottom of the page.
How do I report an addition, deletion, or correction?
Additions should include the name of the organisation, its snail mail address, e-mail address, web site address, telephone/fax, and a description of up to 150 words. Incomplete information is also welcome - there'll be someone out there who can complete it! Deletions and corrections should include the entry as it already appears on my list, so I know exactly where to go to make the change. Please send me the information at , or use the snail mail address at the bottom of the page.
Why have you included your snail mail address on each page? Isn't that dangerous?
People have to be able to contact me with additions, deletions, corrections, comments, questions, etc. And even though the Internet has spread across the globe, it has certainly not reached every individual or organisation. I include my snail mail address so organisations who are not online can still contact me. As for it being dangerous, well, I have two big dogs who adore me and who won't let anyone near me. :-) I could walk naked at midnight through the red light district in Amsterdam with those two dogs on a leash, and be as safe as in a high-security cell. If you have something nasty to say to me, send a letter, because I wouldn't recommend actually coming here! Seriously, though, if we're all too afraid to stick our necks out once in a while, how are we going to effect any real change in the world?
It looks as if you haven't updated the list in YEARS! Why not?
When I update a single page, I change the date on that page. So if nobody has sent me any new organisations for a particular country for three years, then yes, I won't have updated that country's page for three years. If I haven't added any new questions and answers to this page since 1997, then this page will be dated 1997. So the date on the "entry pages" of this web site do not reflect when actual changes have been made to other pages.
I want to help you. What can I do?
You are wonderful! Thank you! For a list of the large and small ways you can help with this project, please see the Help Me page.
And last but not least... the question that gets asked the MOST - believe it or not - is this: Why do you spell organisation wrong? Don't you know it's supposed to be ORGANIZATION? With a Z?
No, that is not the case. In the U.S.A., the accepted spelling is "organization", but in the rest of the English-speaking world, the main spelling is "organisation", even though using "organization" is not usually penalised in spelling bees and on tests. Given that I am Canadian, and have never lived in the U.S.A., I use non-American spelling for such words as colour and organisation. I hope that all the kind people who have tried to correct my spelling will appreciate that this list is not only for Americans, and I have chosen to stick with the spelling I was taught in school. :-)
Comments, questions, and changes to the list can be sent to:Denise Osted
This page was last updated on July 6, 2005.