The Coalition is an international network of feminist, women’s rights, women’s development, grassroots, peace and social justice organizations. It was initiated by a group of like-minded organizations previously connected through the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign and other international advocacy efforts focused on the realization of women’s rights and gender equality.
The main work of the Coalition is guided by three Committees:
- The Steering Committee serves to guide the overall work of the Coalition. It promotes the principles of transparency, inclusivity, diversity, democracy and accountability. It has a programmatic governance role, including program-related budgeting. The Committee also facilitates meaningful engagement of the Coalition with different stakeholders at the global, regional and national levels. The Committee was selected based on the criteria set in the roles and responsibilities document which can be accessed here.
- The current members of the Committee are African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Education International, Karama and Women Peacemakers Program (WPP).
- The Advocacy Committee contributes knowledge and time to facilitate, identify, plan and implement advocacy initiatives between Coalition members and a broad range of stakeholders. The overall aims of the Committee are to both influence decision makers and contribute to movement building for the realization of women’s rights and gender equality within the context of the Post 2015 development processes at the regional and international levels. The Committee works closely with Coalition members to lead various advocacy initiatives of the Post 2015 Women’s Coalition. The Advocacy Committee was set up through an open call in the general membership listserv. The roles and responsibilities of the committee can be accessed here. The Advocacy Committee is currently composed 41 members working on different thematic areas.
- The Communications Committee works to promote meaningful engagement with stakeholders at the global, regional, and national levels. The objective of the Committee is to develop and strengthen communication between members of the Post 2015 Women’s Coalition, among the various Committees; and between the Coalition and other stakeholders. It also advises on key issues related to Coalition communications, including strategy, outreach and information sharing. The Committee was set up through an open call in the general membership listserv. The roles and responsibilities of the committee can be accessed here. The Communications Committee is composed of 45 Coalition members.
The Coalition was formally institutionalized in at the end of 2013 with grants from the Ford Foundation and an anonymous donor. The current grant period expires in August 2016.
Members of the Coalition are based in over 70 countries in different regions of the world. CWGL, located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, hosts the Program Coordinator and communications consultant of the Coalition. CWGL has a fiduciary responsibility of fundraising and reporting of the work of the Coalition by linking strategic and programmatic priorities of the coalition members to grantee responsibilities. It also has line supervision of staff coordinator and consultants.
The Coalition intends to continue its initial aims in promoting the meaningful engagement of women in decision-making and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Coalition also seeks to have a meaningful impact on the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs at the local and national levels with the assistance of its regional partners, as well as to increase the capacities of feminist and women’s organizations and networks at the regional and national levels, with an emphasis on women from the Global South.
Membership consists of over 600 global, regional, national, and local organizations as well as individuals from all over the world. Currently, joining the Coalition listserv is equivalent to being a member. The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) serves as the global coordinator of the Coalition.
 Initiators of the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition are: Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Baha’i International Community (BIC), Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Feminist Task Force, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere (IPPF WHR), International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC),Huairou Commission, Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), World Federalist Movement (WFM), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
 African Women’s Development and Communication Network, Articulación Feminsita Marcosur, Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development, Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Bahai International Community, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Education International, Equality Now, Equidad, Feminist Task Force, FemLINKPACIFIC, FIAN, FOKUS, Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer, Gender and Development Network UK, Huairou Commission, International Women’s Rights Action Watch, International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, IPPF, IT for Change, Karama, Landesa, Oxfam, Oxfam Canada, Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, REPEM-ICAE-GEO, Sathii, Soroptimist International, Women’s UN Report Network – WUNRN, Women’s Environment and Development Organization, Women’s International League Peace and Freedom, Women’s Peacemakers Program, World Federalist Movement
 Action Works Nepal, Active Working Group on Women’s Political Empowerment, African Woman and Child Feature Service, Akili Dada, Akshara Women’s Center, Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Association of War Affected Women, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Centro de Investigacion para la Accion Femenina, Christian Aid, Coalition for the ICC, Dandelion Kenya, Delta Women, DidiBahini, Gender and Development Network, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, Huairou Commission, Indigenous Information Network, International Community of Women Living with HIV, International Federation of Women in Legal Careers (FIFCJ), Karama, MEXFAM, MiRA Resource Center for Black, Immigrant and Refugee Women, NGO Committee on the Status of Women/NY, Réseau des Organisations Féminines d’Afrique Francophone, Sathii, Society for International Development, South Sudan Women General Association, Union de l’Action Feministe, Women’s Rehabilitation Center, Young Women’s Leadership Institute