Women in Aid & Development (WiAD) is a membership organisation for women who work in, or aspire to work in, the international aid, development and humanitarian sectors. Our mission is to share the skills, knowledge and experience of women in these sectors to incite, inspire & support all women to pursue and succeed in leadership roles.

How do we do this?
We are based in Australia and do this by providing a facilitated space for women who are committed to self-improvement to exchange knowledge, insights and experiences at regular networking meetings in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. We are now also working online so wherever you are in the world you can join a networking session by Zoom – simply complete the contact form and we’ll put you on the invitation list.

What do we do?
We share information on careers and leadership, connect mentors with mentees and aim to help women embrace challenges and opportunities in their life. We assist women to overcome structural, cultural and societal barriers they face in striving to achieve leadership roles and gender parity in leadership of the sector.

Who comes along?
We represent every area from programs to finance, boards to consultants and fundraising to admin and students and interns too.

Why create Women in Aid & Development?
In the aid, development and humanitarian sectors, as well as in managing contractors and all NFP organisations, women think about and work for others all day every day - but very often women don't take time to think about themselves, next steps in their careers and how to secure leadership roles.

Women often don't look for or find mentors in the same way that men do and they tend to be less assertive than men when going for a new role - so this group is for you! For a whole evening women are the focus of the discussion and our speakers will tell us about their career, how they got there, and their challenges and tips for others to provide ideas and inspiration.

But it’s not just for women because Women in Aid and Development is broadly supported by both men and women across the sector and especially at senior executive, CEO and Director level – all keen to see greater representation of women in leadership roles and all working together towards gender parity in the sector. Therefore we welcome men to our meetings and invite them to speak on occasion.

Come along and join us!
If you are interested in aid and development and want to meet some new people, find out what other people have been doing in the sector, how to advance your career, make new connections, find a mentor, find a new role and more, then come along to our next get together to meet new people and have a drink and a few nibbles - speakers are always interesting and the conversation is often even more so!

... or you can read on - check out the blog to see what’s new, who is looking for a role, what events are happening and feel free to add a blog, suggest an event, point out an interesting article.

Now on Facebook and LinkedIn too - hope to see you soon!!