Background

WHAT IS WWSF?

WWSF, a humanitarian, secular, non-governmental and international, non-profit organization with United Nations consultative status (ECOSOC, UNFPA and DPI), works for a new development paradigm with and for women and children.

Created in Geneva on 8 March 1991 (International Women's Day), its principle objective is to empower women, children, youth, and NGOs via its transformative campaigns and Calls to Action to help create a global community that cares and shares.

WWSF programs serve to help implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, speed up women and children's rights to equality and peace, and hold world leaders accountable to promises made at numerous UN summits and international conferences.

WWSF launched

- In 1994 the annual Prize for women’s creativity in rural life, honoring rural women leaders and groups for their work to end poverty, marginalization and violence in rural communities

- In 1995 co-launched at the 4th Beijing World Conference on Women a World Day for Rural Women on 15 October, which was declared a UN Day in 2007

- In 2000 created the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse on 19 November, in synergy with the Universal Children’s Day commemorated on 20 November

- In 2008 Publication WWSF Guide for NGO and Citizen Action "Prevention is Key !"

- In 2009 created the Swiss White Ribbon campaign with the aim to eliminate violence against women and girls in Switzerland by 2030 

- In 2011 created an international annual campaign “19 Days of Activism for the Prevention of violence and abuse against children and youth 1-19 November”

- In 2015 created another international annual campaign “17 Days for the Empowerment of rural women and their communities 1-17 October”

- In 2016 revised its campaigns to include in its work plan and campaign Calls to Action the relevant post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 and revised the criteria for the annual WWSF Prize for women’s creativity in rural life.

WHY WAS WWSF CREATED?

Recognizing that women and children (girls and boys under the age of 18) represent the world's largest constituency who have little to say in shaping the economic and political space in which they live, it is imperative that their thoughts and visions, skills, concrete and effective participation in development, and their deep aspiration for a more just and peaceful world be considered to help catalyze the necessary political will for the transformation of systems and structures into pathways of equality, development and peace.