- Women's Political Watch is an independent, not-for-profit international organisation established in 1994 and registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1970. WPW was founded by Ms. Veena Nayyar, who moved from the for-profit corporate sector to become not-for-profit professional.
- WPW has Special Consultative Status with the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
- Its projects and programmes have been supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); by United Nations agencies - USAID, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, and UNIFEM; and by international development country funds from Norway, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Ireland and Austria.
ACTIVITY SPECTRUM IN BRIEF
- WPW has spearheaded and been a consistent force in the campaign for 33% reservation for women in parliament and State legislatures. Notably, the upper house of parliament has passed a bill to that effect.
- It has campaigned for a greater role and presence for women within political parties.
- On the invitation of the Election Commission of South Africa, WPW served as an election observer in South Africa's first election, which brought President Nelson Mandela to power.
- WPW was on President Carter's Observer Team to oversee elections in Indonesia. The team was appointed by the Indonesian government.
- It has pioneered and spearheaded the campaign for gender budgeting as corrective to national budgets, which now is officially accepted. Veena Nayyar, Founder-President, WPW, had made a presentation on gender budgeting in a South Asian workshop sponsored by UNIFEM (now UN Women), held in Bangalore as far back as YEAR.
- WPW was represented by the Founder-President in the Indian official delegation at the General Assembly of the UN.
- WPW has held year-long capacity-building workshops in Nepal for women candidates elected to local bodies through the 33% reservations quota. It was assigned this role by the prestigious National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the Democratic Party of USA.
- It has carried out workshops to train women counsellors elected to district level bodies and equip them with the skills they will need to function effectively in their roles as people’s representatives. More particularly, it has trained them in gender budgeting.
- WPW has been engaged in building women's workforce competencies. It has undertaken skills development for women to enhance and upgrade their employability, and taken steps to promote women's workforce development in sycn with market demanded skills.
- It has carried out action projects in areas like health, education and basic schooling.
- It has imparted training to women to empower them to access credit.
- It has periodically carried out voter awareness sessions to encourage the electorate to make demands on their elected representatives.
- It has carried out occasional research, as required.
It has brought together stakeholders in conferences and seminars, to crystallize focal points of advocacy.
WPW participated in the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995.
Women's Political Watch believes in a two-pronged action approach to meet its objectives, i.e., (a) direct, field-level hands on transformation combined with (b) policy analysis and advocacy.
The policy analysis and advocacy prong is driven by gender and beneficiary analysis and the use of desegregated data-sets. It is guided by principles of equity and gender mainstreaming.