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International Women's Rights Project
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The International Women’s Rights Project (IWRP) was founded in 1998 to strengthen the capacity of women’s NGOs in Canada and internationally. IWRP works to influence the implementation of international human rights standards through collaboration, participatory research and evidence-based advocacy. Since 2003, IWRP has been affiliated with the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. In addition to being a project of the CFGS, IWRP is incorporated as a non-profit organization in Canada and in South Africa.

IWRP operates on a project-by-project basis, with support from the Centre and the University, funding from private donors, foundations, individuals and government sources. We work with a team of student interns, volunteers, and international associates. Our 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 each term we ‘femtor’ students from several disciplines.

The IWRP was founded by Marilou McPhedran, who served as the first Director. From 2003 to 2007 she was Co-Director with Susan Bazilli, who is the current Director.