From its inception, WDB was rooted in the international women’s movement hence the first logo of WDB was very similar to that of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). We believe that that a truly democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa will be realized through the efforts of women.
We seek to empower women to contribute towards national development initiatives to ensure that their interests are not overlooked. WDB Trust therefore fosters unity and development among women.
At the time of establishing WDB in 1991, research showed that while a big part of the population existed below the minimum subsistence level, poverty has a feminine character: women constituted the majority of the poor and experience poverty more acutely than men. It was important to strengthen organizations dedicated to women’s development and to create new institutions to empower women in all areas of human activity. The factors that led to the establishment of WDB in 1991 remain relevant today, 25 years later.