The global voice of Anglican women

Our vision

To be a bold and prophetic voice for Anglican women throughout the Anglican Communion and in the wider world.

Our Purpose

To enable and empower all women of the Anglican Communion to work cooperatively at national, provincial and Communion-wide levels to strengthen the ministries of women in God’s world and to ensure women are influential and equal participants throughout the Communion.

How we work

All Anglican women are welcome to IAWN’s email listserv, to subscribe to its newsletters, and to join the Network’s Facebook group.

IAWN Provincial Links. The Primate of each Anglican Province is invited to appoint an official link person to serve as the IAWN Provincial Link. Each Provincial Link is the liaison between the Steering Group and the women in her Province.

The IAWN Steering Group identifies, prioritises and promotes the key issues for the Network, in light of issues raised throughout the Anglican Communion. It reports to the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) and seeks to ensure prompt and appropriate follow-up to ACC resolutions relating to women and girls.  

The IAWN Steering Group members for 2016 – 2019 are:

Carole Hughes, Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia
Immaculée Nyiransengimana, Rwanda
Moumita Biswas, North India
Paula Nesbitt, The Episcopal Church
Lizzi Green, England
Pumla Titus, Southern Africa
Margaret Dempster, Canada
Dilsia Mariela Miller-Alleyne, Panama

Our Objectives

  • To bring the perspectives of women to the Anglican Consultative Council.
  • To share news from women across the Communion.
  • To promote initiatives that fulfil the UN Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 5 ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’, and other initiatives of the United Nations and its specialized agencies for the benefit of women and girls.
  • To partner with the other Networks of the Anglican Communion.
  • To ensure adequate resources for IAWN.

History

IAWN was formed in November 1996 following a consultation convened by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) and funded by the Mothers' Union and the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church Women of the Episcopal Church of the United States. Women from 14 of the (then) 32 Provinces of the Anglican Communion met in London and agreed that an international Anglican Women's Network should be formed.  Its mandate was to report the work of women, and the challenges that women face, to the ACC.

In 2006, while in New York, USA, as the Anglican Communion delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 63 women from all 38 Provinces met and elected the IAWN Steering Group for 2006 – 2009. Since then, elections for a new Steering Group have been held every three years.

Previous IAWN Steering Group Coordinators:

  • 2013 to April 2016 Ann Skamp, Anglican Church of Australia
  • April 2006 to April 2012 Priscilla Julie, Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
  • June 2003 to March 2006 Alice Medcof, Anglican Church of Canada
  • May 1997 to May 2003 Liz Barnes, Anglican Church of Southern Africa
  • November 1996 to April 1997 Elizabeth Appleby, Anglican Church of Australia