- Women’s Link was founded in 2001. We have regional offices in Europe (Madrid, Spain) and Latin America (Bogotá, Colombia). We are a bilingual organization, working in both English and Spanish in many different parts of the world.
- Women’s Link has 501(c)(3) status in the United States, foundation status in Spain and in Colombia we are legally recognized as a foreign non-profit organization … (about 1/2).
About 2/2 /… Our vision: Thanks to the efforts made by feminist groups and other activists from around the world, women’s rights have been recognized as human rights.
However, these rights and judicial principles enshrined in national, regional and international instruments have yet to completely penetrate our legal culture.
In order to close the gap between rights on paper and reality, at Women’s Link, we are convinced that it is necessary to work with judges, prosecutors and others, who work with the judicial branch, to ensure that in practice these rights are respected, protected and guaranteed.
We believe that in considering the judicial system as a place where we can seek social change, the courts become avenues for the implementation of social justice. Thus, encourage civil society to engage in a constant dialogue with the judiciary in order to establish how fundamental rights should be interpreted and to influence the manner in which legislative and executive functions are defined. Through this dialogue, societies and the judicial power come to fully understand the impact that the law has on the every day life of people depending on factors such as gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, level of education, socio-economic status, gender identity, political affiliation, and religious beliefs.
To bridge the gap which currently exists between the justice system and society, we work in alliance with groups dedicated to human rights and justice with the aim of incorporating gender and other variables into their analysis and legal projects.
We also work with women’s rights groups to promote our belief that the ‘legal world’ is also a political arena in which the law can be used as a vehicle for social change.
We are confident that our work contributes to increasing awareness among judicial officials about the importance of integrating a gender perspective into the interpretation and implementation of the law at a national, regional and international level.