The Alliance was founded in 2005 by Lisa Herb, an American attorney who has lived, worked, and traveled extensively throughout Asia. From 2003 through 2004, Lisa spent a year living in Mongolia, where she met and worked with local human and women's rights organizations. All of the organizations Lisa met with requested assistance in making connections with women and organizations in the international community and in learning how to use technology to tap into educational and information resources available in other countries. Based upon these requests, Lisa founded the Alliance for International Women's Rights, a New York non-profit organization, for the purpose of using internet technology to assist women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries.
Beginning in May of 2005, the Alliance partnered with Mongolian women's rights organizations to begin what has now become its signature service— its long-distance Empowerment Programs. Through these programs, professionals from around the world volunteer their time to offer online mentoring and English courses to women and girls in some of the poorest and most war-torn areas of the region. Currently, the Alliance is focused on Afghanistan.
The Alliance operates with a core staff of seven (who currently work on a volunteer basis), and, through the generosity of over 150 Alliance Volunteers, has provided long-distance classes and mentoring to over 250 Afghan and Central Asian women.