International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP)

Law and Justice, Politics and Leadership
International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP)

Geography: Global

Founded: 1998


279 Carisbrooke Crescent
V7N 2S3 North Vancouver

About the International Women's Rights Project (IWRP)

The International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP) was founded in 1998 by Dr. Marilou McPhedran, at the Centre for Feminist Studies,York University, Toronto, to strengthen the capacity of women’s NGOs in Canada and internationally to advocate for women’s human rights. The IWRP works to influence the implementation of international human rights standards through collaboration, participatory research and evidence-based advocacy. From 2003 to 2012, the IWRP was based at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. IWRP has also been incorporated as an independent non-profit organization in Canada and in South Africa. As of July 2012, the IWRP is based in Vancouver, B.C.

IWRP operates on a project-by-project basis, with support from universities, funding from private donors, foundations, individuals and government sources. They work with a team of student interns, volunteers, and international associates. Their model is to work in partnership with civil society organizations, research institutions, donors, universities, and individuals. IWRP works in partnership with Canadian and international NGOs, by invitation, to provide research, capacity-building, and an exchange of knowledge and learning. IWRP believes strongly in “femtorship” and they have had the privilege of ‘femtoring’ students from several disciplines.