Women’s Leadership

WEDO works to ensure women are empowered as decision-makers and leaders, especially in environmental and sustainable development arenas.

Across sectors and movements, WEDO has witnessed firsthand the power of women’s organizing and leadership for change – particularly in protecting and promoting a healthy, peaceful planet. Empowering women as leaders – from the personal and local to the highest decision-making levels – to advance gender equality and protect and promote a sustainable planet is a critical part of WEDO’s work.

WEDO joins in partnership with women’s organizations, networks, grassroots groups and activists, UN bodies and IGOs, government Ministries, parliamentarians, congresswomen and men, Heads of State and global thought leaders including academics and Nobel Laureates to promote women’s leadership. Across civil society, WEDO champions the vitality, diversity and influence of women’s organizing and movements – irreplaceable momentum toward justice and equality. And because WEDO’s goal is gender equality, WEDO proudly collaborates with men – some steadfast allies already and some seeking support to be able to become gender equality champions – toward the betterment of society as a whole.

Project in focus:
Since 2009, WEDO has been facilitating a special project at UNFCCC negotiations, the Women Delegates Fund (WDF). A project of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), with support from the Government of Finland, the WDF began as a travel fund to support women from the global South to be part of their national delegations to climate change negotiations. Responding to the delegates’ requests for more in-depth skills building and networking opportunities, WEDO has grown the WDF into a multi-dimensional capacity building program, with training components on thematic issues such as finance and adaptation, negotiating techniques, and media and communications. The WDF has contributed to an increase in women’s representation at the UNFCCC – the highest it has ever been, at 34% – and the substantive shift in understanding and integration of gender equality issues in climate change policy-making. Recently, the Government of Iceland had provided additional support to further enhance the scope of the program.

For more information on the WDF and WEDO’s other work to promote women’s leadership, contact bridget[at]wedo.org.

The Latest Women’s Leadership News


In their Own Words – Reflections from EWA Team at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

“Coming from the WECF/WICF network of women’s and environmental NGOs worldwide, I am used to work on environmental issues with a strong gender focus. So I am very aware of the difficulties we face when integrating women’s rights into other policy areas and using gender mainstreaming as a tool. However, I was struck by a parallel event organised by FOKUS, a Norwegian NGO, here at the CSW 58 in New York last week. FOKUS did …

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Empower Women – Benefit (for) All (EWA) at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – The overall goal of WEDO’s joint initiative with WECF under the Empower Women – Benefit (for) All (EWA) programme is to enhance women’s leadership and participation via capacity building, knowledge exchange and advocacy in order to strengthen policies and legal frameworks for gender equality and women’s access to resources.

At CSW58, WEDO was proud to coordinate a team of advocates including: WECF Coordinator on Gender and Rights, Anke Stock, …

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Strengthening Women’s Participation through Networking & Capacity Building- COP19 WDF Night School

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

WARSAW (November 14, 2013) – Last weekend, 20 female climate change negotiators completed a three nights training with the Women Delegates Fund (WDF) – a program to support and enhance the participation of women delegates in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, funded by the governments of Iceland and Finland, and administrated by WEDO.

The WDF Night School was held in Warsaw, Poland on November 8th-10th, right before the start …

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Young Activist Night

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

[ September 26, 2013; 7:35 pm to 9:00 pm. ]

NEW YORK (September 18, 2013) – Join WEDO’s Young Activist Network in New York! On Thursday September 26th, WEDO invites old and new supporters to an informal mobilization meeting in New York. If you are interested in sustainable development, climate change or women’s empowerment – or all of the above – then this might be for you.

WEDO has a large international network of supporters as our work extends to local organizations all over the …

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WEDO at Girls’ Leadership Workshop

Monday, July 15th, 2013

NEW YORK (July, 15) – On July 13, WEDO’s Bridget Burns was thrilled to participate in the 2013 Girls’ Leadership Workshop of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-kill, a transformational nine-day program for high school girls who desire to make a difference in their own lives, their communities and the world. Guided by Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and legacy as a model, girls diverse in culture and geography bring their passion and leadership potential to life.…

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