Welcome! The vision of the International Models Project on Women's Rights (IMPOWR) is to build an open and dynamic platform for sharing information on gender equality and women's rights under the law around the world. Our intent is to empower the global community to exchange knowledge and wisdom on effective law reform and enforcement efforts. In this vein, the IMPOWR project consists of two parts – our website and virtual journal, and our Research Database. To learn more about the IMPOWR project, please click here.
Why Volunteer with IMPOWR?
“Working on the IMPOWR initiative has been for us a remarkable and unique experience. From the very beginning, our Italian, UK and Russian teams have been enthusiastic to contribute in the implementation of this global collaborative platform on women’s rights, which represents a privileged point of observation on the CEDAW.
Our main goal was to develop our research subjects by ensuring that our work was part of the harmonious structure of the IMPOWR database which already offers, with reference to different Countries, exceptionally complete and interesting contents.
Italian, UK and Russian women’s main efforts are directed to gain equality not only in law, but also in practice and, through our researches, we had the chance to focus on how difficult the process of enforcement and protection of equality in the society was and still is.
Moreover, we are proud of the fantastic opportunity we had, as lawyers, to introduce and comment, beyond national borders, features of our respective national legislations on women rights.”
-Latham&Watkins UK, Russia, and Italy Pro-Bono Research Teams
IMPOWR is currently seeking the aid of researchers to contribute to our fully searchable, wiki-like Research Database. Since this is a user-generated database, you may find that content on various countries or in certain subject areas is incomplete or even inaccurate—this is where we rely on you to input new data and keep the current data up-to-date. Researchers contribute content to the database in areas where they have relevant experience and are not directly coordinated by IMPOWR staff. Individuals interested in this path can simply sign up on the IMPOWR Login page by selecting “Create a New Account”. Our How to Get Started section provides greater detail on submitting content as a Contributor. We also have a variety of other roles for those who are interested in working most closely with the IMPOWR project. Please contact IMPOWR for more information.