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Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD)

Supporting young feminists in rural, farming, and mining communities

Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD)
Zimbabwe | Founded 2009 | Thousand Currents Partner since 2018

The Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) is a young feminists organization whose approach and work is informed by the voices and experiences of young women in rural, farming, and mining communities in Zimbabwe. IYWD is committed to mobilizing and strengthening the voice and power of young women through building their capacity on human rights, equality, and entrepreneurship skills so that young women can organize themselves, demand accountability, and become capable of transforming their lives through income generating activities. 

IYWD’s work is guided by 5 strategic pillars:

  • Feminist leadership and activism: Strengthen the leadership and activism of young women that challenges the systematic oppression and violation of young women and women’s rights.
  • Young women’s participation in politics: Strengthen young women’s capacities through trainings, mentorship and advocacy to represent, inform and influence policies
  • Feminist economics: Support young women to understand feminist economics, earn livelihoods through alternative economies, and to provide informed input in the allocation of resources.
  • Strengthen well-being and environmental care: Promote personal wellbeing and environmental care as critical and political forces for movement-building and for strengthening alternative and more sustainable agendas, forms of organizing, organizational cultures and leadership.
  • Organizational development and documentation: Documentation of IYWD’s work to create imprints of IYWD’s contributions to the feminist movement and to share with future generations