Twin sisters Alison and Jane Gordon co-founded Sisters For Change in 2013. Over the course of the organisation’s 7-year history, Sisters For Change worked with dozens of NGOs and multiple governments and multilateral institutions – at the state, regional, national and international level – in the UK, India, Indonesia and across the Commonwealth. In the UK, India and Indonesia, Sisters For Change worked to strengthen the legal capacity of local women’s organisations, human rights defenders, women-led unions and activist networks, and support them to hold authorities accountable under the law. In its role as a member of the Equality & Justice Alliance from 2018 – 2020, Sisters For Change worked across the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific to provide technical legal assistance, policy advice and research support to governments and civil society organisations to reform laws that discriminate against women and girls and LGBT people.
In December 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and changed funding landscape, Sisters For Change closed. The Trustees and Directors are very proud of the impact Sisters For Change has had over the last seven years – building the organisation into an international force in women’s rights and legal empowerment and pushing the issue of violence against women and girls up the global political agenda.
We thank all our partners, donors and supporters for their solidarity and partnership in working to combat discrimination and violence against women across the world and wish you all the best in your work continuing this mission. The Sisters For Change website and array of legal resources available in our Legal Resource Centre will continue to be available until the end of 2021 ensuring the NGO, research and policy community continue to have free access to this substantive collection of global VAWG materials, laws and reports.