Women’s organisations have played an important role in the struggle for democracy and human rights over the past 100 years
Women have fought for equal rights and against discrimination within all areas of Society. Since 1899, when The Women’s Council in Denmark was established, women’s organisations have worked together in order to stand stronger in the common struggle for the liberation of women.
Today, The Women’s Council in Denmark is an umbrella organisation for more than 40 organisations with a total of more than one million members. The Women’s Council member organisations are women’s organisations, the equal status committees of the political parties, trade unions, and professional women’s groups, migrant- and refugee women, women’s studies researchers, youth organisations, religious and humanitarian women’s organisations. Women’s Council works for women’s rights as well as social, professional, economic and cultural interests.
The object of The Women’s Council is to strengthen women’s rights and influence in society and create real equality between women and men. The Women’s Council represents member organisations as the co-ordination body in dealing with the government, the Parliament, public authorities, and so on, as well as in national and international organisations.
The Women’s Council is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), which works for women across all lines, at all levels and within all areas of society.
The Women’s Council is represented in a number of boards, committees and councils and has a long tradition in working with women’s issues at all levels.
As a result The Women’s Council has taken part in setting up a number of committees and organisations, which have helped to strengthen the position of women. Among these there are The National Observatory on Violence against Women, The Consumer’s Council, Save The Children and The Danish Refugee Council.