International Women’s Democrat Union
IWDU Patron: The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016 – 2019)
The International Women’s Democrat Union (IWDU) is pleased that the patronage of the women’s branch of IDU has been accepted by the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2016 – 2019). The IWDU seeks to support women in politics and give them the training that they need to succeed to higher office. As the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister May’s support is serving as an example to other women seeking to pursue their own careers in politics while also highlighting the importance of our shared goal. We are excited to continue building the IWDU and look forward to working alongside Prime Minister May in the years ahead.
Laura de Esteban
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DEMOCRAT UNION – IWDU
IWDU is an association dedicated to the advancement of women and the promotion of important women-related issues inside the global centre-right party family. The association consists of female members of likeminded parties. IWDU provides female leaders with possibilities for networking, empowerment, enhanced visibility and encourage women to take political offices.
Provide a platform for conservative women
IWDU wants to offer a platform that links women supporting conservative, centre right and like-minded political ideas world-wide.
Promote shared values
Our values are based on a shared belief in liberty, justice, human rights and democracy. We believe that women are key to foster their implementation, especially in countries and regions with fragile political systems.
Bring women’s issues on the IDU agenda
It is our duty to promote women’s interests within the IDU and raise awareness for the impact of politics and political processes on women. Effectively addressing challenges requires global cooperation and coordination.
Support women to take political offices
IWDU offers a platform for female political leaders and helps them share their ideas and realize them in official political functions.
Promote practical exchange and training
IWDU serves as a platform for professional development and training, offering practical exchange on issues such as party organization and policy, encouraging women’s engagement in various policy fields and helping to extend women’s political influence in their political parties and international organizations.
Encourage the younger generation
IWDU wants to encourage and promote the political emancipation and active participation of women in politics and political processes on a local, national and global basis. Thus, IWDU wants to provide training and promotion for the younger generation and help young women in making use of their potential, thereby enabling them to become future leaders in their parties and governments.
IWDU wants to combat discrimination against women, raise awareness for women’s issues and provide a forum with special dedication to women-related policy fields, such as gender equality, education, family, social and health issues.
For many years, women provided the backbone of voluntary workers in our political parties – be they in separate women’s sections or in the main body of the party. However, over the past years their role has changed. Today, female leaders play a significant role in ensuring that our parties are in tune with policies of special concern to women and in ensuring that we address female voters appropriately, eventually helping to increase their share of our parties’ votes. Women play a unique role in our societies contributing to our well-being, both as home makers and working women. We believe that IWDU may contribute to a fruitful exchange on shared issues for women in politics. We want to help them in addressing existing prejudices in our societies that continuously keep qualified women from realizing their full potential.