The Network of East-West Women (NEWW) was founded in 1991 as an international communication and resource network supporting dialogue, informational exchange, and activism among those concerned about the status of women in Central and Eastern Europe, the Newly Independent States, and the Russian Federation. Registered as a 501 (c) (3) organization in 1995, NEWW coordinates research and advocacy that supports women's equality and full participation in all aspects of public and private life.
NEWW connects women's advocates in more than 30 countries who work in partnership to promote women's rights and to strengthen women's role within civil society. NEWW members represent all strata of society - human rights activists, writers, students, journalists, lawyers, parliamentarians, professors, artists, union organizers, health care workers and feminist activists. NEWW's overarching goal is to support the formation of independent women's movements and to strengthen the capacities of women and women's NGOs to influence policy regarding women's lives.