Women Networking for Peace

About NAWO


The National Alliance of Women
Women Networking Beyond Beijing


NAWO Origin

The Fourth World UN Conference on Women, held in Beijing China (4-15 September 1995), was a landmark event in the history of women’s movement in the world. It generated a great momentum which not focused on women’s critical concerns but also called upon all to, ‘look at the world through women’s eyes’.

It was during the pre-Beijing process that an NGO Advisory Committee was constituted with eminent women leaders and activists to give direction to the process and build up a concusses from the women’s movement on the different and diverse issues that required focus at Beijing. The process saw a state and national level networking over a period of two years which finally saw its culmination in the Conference of Commitment (9 August 1995).

Over a thousand grassroots women from all over India converged at its capital city New Delhi and called upon the government to dialogue and deliberate with the women’s groups and make a definite commitment to them on what it proposed to draw up as its national plan of action for women’s development in India.

The National Advisory on Women came to play a vital role in bringing the Government of India and representatives of the women’s movement in India on a common platform to dialogue on what we needed to do for women’s development. The success of this dialogue culminated in the five commitments that the government of India made at Beijing.

More than 200 Indian women activists participated in the Beijing Conference and upon their return they felt it was important that the process must continue and network on a larger scale and create a wider outreach in the country.

Towards the end of December 1995, the National Advisory Committee proposed to redefin its role and vision in the post-Beijing phase and came to be known as the National Alliance of Women (NAWO).