International Women’s Democrat Union (IWDU)
c/o Katarina Wallberg (Political adviser to the IWDU Chairman)
Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation
Stora Nygatan 30
SE-103 12 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 676 81 08
Acting Chairman: IWDU Vice Chairman, Azalia Avilés
The IWDU grew out of an initial idea at a meeting of the European Union of Women in 1982. When they heard that the APDU was about to be formed, they suggested the APDU should form a Women’s Group to strengthen the voice of centre-right women against the Socialists who were so active in the UN. Gradually co-operation grew until the formation of the IWDU provided a formal role within the IDU framework.
The objectives of the IWDU include:
To provide a link for women supporting Conservative, centre right and like minded parties world-wide
To encourage and promote the participation of women in politics and the political process
To promote freedom and free enterprise particularly as they relate to and concern women and women’s affairs
To promote and support the principles of the IDU in all women’s forums
To promote interest within the IDU in the impact of politics and the political process on women.
That is what we have tried to do in meetings in locations as far apart as Canada, Honolulu, Seoul, Madrid, Washington, Tokyo, Cape Town and Grenada.
The IWDU works for
a practical exchange of ideas on matters such as Party Organisation and policy;
assisting women to get into politics;
influencing women in single issue groups;
and setting a human face on political issues
We want to extend the political influence of women in our Parties and International organisations.
For many years women often provided the backbone of the voluntary workers in our Parties – be they in separate women’s sections or in the main body of the Party. But over the years their role has changed.
Today women have a much more significant role in ensuring our Parties are in tune with policies of special concern and significance to women and in ensuring that we win as large a share of the women’s vote as possible.
The reality is that it is a recognition that women do have a special and distinctive contribution to make whether they are home makers or go out to work.
It is because our Parties need to be in touch on those issues and to appeal to women voters that the IWDU can be of value in keeping our Parties in touch and in exchanging ideas and wiping away the prejudices which even now in so many parts of the world keep well qualified women from public life – and not least in countries where Islamic fundamentalism is growing in influence.