GADN is an influential network of UK-based NGOs and leading experts working with partners worldwide to put gender equality and women’s rights at the heart of international development.

Around the world women and girls face discrimination in every aspect of their lives - just because of their gender. For many women, their race, disability, sexuality or class leads to further discrimination, with marginalised women and girls in developing countries hit hardest.

We are passionate about achieving change by working with NGOs and governments to ensure women’s priorities are at the centre of international policies and programmes. Women must have control over the decisions that affect their lives - from quality education, to decent jobs, to political voice, to living free from violence.


“I know that I can trust GADN to work in solidarity with all WROs including southern women’s rights organisations to promote priorities of mutual interest.”

- Dinah Musindarwezo, Director of Policy & Communications, Womankind. Previously CEO of FEMNET

We provide expert advice, develop best practice and support our members to share skills and knowledge. Independent of government funding, we have a strong track-record of influencing the UK Government and international institutions on women’s rights.

We are part of a fast-growing global feminist movement. Working collaboratively with women’s organisations in the global south, we are determined to build a world where gender equality prevails and where all women and girls realise their rights free from violence and discrimination.


“GADN has created such an important women’s rights space and voice in the sector. It provides excellent political judgement, professional insights and trustworthy analysis on which ActionAid colleagues and I can rely.”

- Girish Minon, CEO, ActionAid UK

📷 GADN Members Meeting on future prospects for gender equality (May 2017)