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WOMENS LINK WORLDWIDE INC

Transcending Courtroom Walls

Mission

Women's Link Worldwide uses the power of the law to promote social change that advances the rights of women and girls, especially those facing multiple inequalities.

To achieve our mission:
• We bring a gender perspective and an intersectional analysis to human rights law.
• We go beyond the courtroom and use our work in litigation and other legal processes to strengthen the human rights infrastructure, create public debate, and contribute to social movements that can transform society and guarantee women's and girls' rights.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Jovana Ríos Cisnero

Main address

99 Wall Street, Suite 502

New York, NY 10005 USA

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EIN

03-0371141

NTEE code info

Women's Rights (R24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Women around the world are fighting for equality and equity. They are coming forward and sharing their stories of injustice. For women to gain access to their human rights, those in power need to listen. Laws can be transformative when they recognize equality but they need to put into practice. Outdated and sexist laws and policies that hurt women and girls need to be eliminated. Women's Link Worldwide is an international legal nonprofit organization committed to using the law to improve the lives of women and girls. We litigate cases, work with judges to ensure that they are respecting and advancing women’s rights and partner with activists to use the courts and the law to eliminate barriers to justice. Our legal advocacy pushes for structural changes that consider the needs of women – improving access to services, addressing systemic discrimination, and even changing discriminatory laws themselves.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

We work to ensure that women can lead their sexual and reproductive lives in a safe and dignified manner. We want to make sure women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health, including abortion, safe motherhood, the freedom to decide when and whether to have children, sexual information and education, and access to contraceptives and assisted reproduction techniques, are guaranteed free of any form of discrimination.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We work to ensure that trafficking victims are identified as such and all their rights are guaranteed by the authorities. Women and girls should have access to full enjoyment of their rights, regardless of migration status.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We work to ensure that migrant women’s human rights are respected and to raise awareness of the multiple forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls who cross borders seeking protection and a better life. We fight to ensure that legal systems guarantee their rights instead of treating them like criminals, regardless of how they cross the border.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We work to ensure that crimes committed against women and girls in contexts of peacebuilding do not go unpunished and to guarantee the right to reconstruction of historical truth. We analyze the differential impact of violence on women during wartime, under dictatorships, and in contexts of oppression in order to get legal systems to incorporate a gender perspective.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We work to develop tools and knowledge so that legal professionals may identify and eliminate the prejudices and stereotypes that perpetuate and propagate discrimination. We promote public discourse on the importance of using the power of law to guarantee equality.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We work to end impunity for violence against women and girls and a broad range of human rights violations committed against women because of factors including their socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and immigration status.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Women’s Link uses the power of the law to promote social change that advances the human rights of women and girls, especially those facing multiple forms of inequality. Our legal advocacy addresses the most widespread and systemic rights violations that the women and girls we represent face: gender-based violence; discrimination based on gender (and other intersecting causes, such as race and poverty); and violations of sexual and reproductive rights.

We’re working in Latin America, East Africa and Europe to attain more rights for more women by:
• improving laws and policies that advance women’s sexual reproductive rights
• protecting women’s and girls’ dignity and rights when they cross borders
• ensuring that the law protects and respects victims of human trafficking
• including the specific crimes that women and girls face in transitional justice processes

Women’s Link is an international legal organization working to produce social change through the courts. We believe that the law is a powerful tool for giving women and girls full access to their rights. We work at the national level in Latin America, East Africa and Europe, taking on opportunities that arise to use the law to bring about structural change that benefits women and girls and their communities.

We understand that it’s not sufficient for human rights to be debated inside the walls of the courts alone and that litigation can often serve as a platform for mobilization and activism. When litigation is coupled with communications strategies, we’re able to shine a spotlight on the experiences of women and girls, hold the courts accountable for issuing decisions in a way that promotes access to justice, and lay the groundwork for implementation of the court’s decision.

Women’s Link advances the human rights of women and girls through these interrelated strategies:
• Legal actions and strategic litigation, taking on legal advocacy to address systemic gender-based rights violations to eliminate barriers that the most marginalized women and girls face in accessing rights.

• Strategic communications designed in connection to legal strategies in order to demystify, destigmatize or reframe an issue and amplify the impact of legal actions by informing, educating, motivating and creating active support among leaders and decision-makers.

• Partnerships at all levels to strengthen our in-country capacity to implement resulting standards or decisions, creating sustained changes in the legal, political and social environments required to uphold women’s human rights.

Women’s Link is a team of experienced litigators and advocacy experts who work in national contexts in Latin America, East Africa and Europe. The organization has 501(c)(3) status in the United States, as well as non-profit status in Colombia and Spain. Founded in 2001, Women’s Link is governed by a Board of Directors who are leaders in human rights, public health, and law, and who provide governance and oversight of the organization. Our work is made possible by private foundations and a global community of individual donors. This support is essential because Women’s Link does not accept government funding, allowing the organization to be fully independent to speak out against laws and policies and bring cases against States that hurt women and girls.

To do our programmatic national-level work, we form hybrid teams of Women’s Link staff and local attorneys, communications experts and civil society that allow us to be responsive to emerging strategic opportunities and threats, capitalize on local knowledge and forge mutually-beneficial relationships. Our team identifies urgent threats or opportunities for innovation and impact, assemble an interdisciplinary team of staff and national-level experts and take action – designing legal, alliance and communications strategies targeted at eradicating the obstacles that prevent women and girls from accessing their human rights.

Over the past 20 years, Women’s Link has developed and carried out cutting edge legal strategies to advance women’s rights in Latin America, East Africa and Europe. Our innovative approach has produced significant impact by taking historically overlooked rights violations out of the shadows. This includes:

• Winning the case in Colombia that decriminalized abortion up until the 24th week of pregnancy, largely led by the Causa Justa movement.

• Winning the case in Colombia that ended the total ban on abortion, making it a right in the public health system under three broad circumstances. We then litigated the Constitutional Court case that made it mandatory to provide health services, including abortion, to victims of sexual violence.

• Ensuring that gender crimes are included in transitional justice processes and advancing justice for survivors of sexual violence and other gender-based crimes during the genocide in Guatemala, the dictatorship in Argentina, the civil war in Spain and the armed-conflict in Colombia.

• Winning the first-ever intersectional discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights, bringing to light the way black African women experience gender discrimination in Europe.

• Obtaining a UN decision that protects women and their children from domestic violence, and subsequently a Spanish Supreme Court decision to implement that decision nationally and give reparations to our client, whose daughter was killed by her former partner.

Looking forward, Women’s Link will continue taking on cases to increase access to women’s sexual and reproductive rights and advance the rights of women and girls to be free from gender-based violence. This includes responding to global challenges and situations where crises and instability increase the number of rights violations that women experience, such as migration, humanitarian crises, armed-conflict, when right-wing forces gain strength and when women are trafficked.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WOMENS LINK WORLDWIDE INC

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
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Board chair

Indira Goris

Patricia Sellers

Karen Plafker

Joan Roca Sagarra

Indira Goris

Carole Osero-Ageng'o

Eunice Leyva Garcia

Monica Kuljich

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/22/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability