Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women is an organization empowering the world’s Buddhist women to work for peace and social justice while promoting gender equality inspired by Buddhist principles. Established in 1987, the organization has almost 2,000 members in 45 countries around the world. Every two years Sakyadhita sponsors an international conference, designed to bring together laywomen and nuns from different countries and traditions to share their experiences and improve conditions for Buddhist women, especially in developing countries. At the grassroots level, Sakyadhita provides a communications network among Buddhist women internationally. The organization promotes research and publications on Buddhist women's history and other topics of interest. It supports Buddhist women's initiatives to create education projects, retreat facilities, training centers, women's shelters, and discussion groups.