50/50 Campaign: Get the Balance Right! – A decade ago, WEDO launched a Global 50/50 Campaign to boost women’s representation in political decision-making positions. Today, while the absolute increase is small, women’s representation in parliaments, now averaging worldwide at 18.2 percent, is the highest it has ever been. Twenty-two countries spanning all regions have reached at least 30 percent of women representatives in national parliaments, with Rwanda topping the list with 56.3 percent!
But the reality remains that across the world, barriers to women’s entry and influence in politics are plentiful. WEDO continues to collaborate with various partners to increase the number of women in decision-making positions and to support women’s effective leadership once they have been elected. Going beyond the numbers, WEDO aims to support both quantitative and qualitative aspects of women leadership.
The lessons learned of the 50/50 Campaign – and continuing to work with partners of that initiative – inform continued work on Women’s Leadership.
MisFortune500 Campaign – A comprehensive website previously found at MisFortune500[dot]org, WEDO’s MisFortune500 Campaign was the only comprehensive resource documenting and archiving the impact of corporate policies and practices on women’s rights, lives and livelihoods. As the UN Global Compact came into creation in 2005, WEDO targeted corporate giants like Nike to uphold their rhetoric on women’s rights and fair labor standards and practices. A legacy of this work is reflected in WEDO’s current position on the Advisory Board of the UN Global Compact/UN Women’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) initiative, where WEDO is the only women’s advocacy organization represented.
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After filing a complaint against Nike through the United Nations Global Compact Complaint Mechanism, WEDO had two meetings with Nike representatives in 2008 about the perennially unjust conditions of workers in Nike’s supply chain factories. Nike is a member of the compact–a voluntary initiative that commits a company to engage in sustainable and responsible business practices. The ensuing dialogue with Nike led WEDO to initiate a fact-finding project with partners that will help supply chain …
[ April 17, 2009; ]
New Orleans, April 17–The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)—together with social justice advocates, youth, women leaders, faith leaders, community members, and environmentalists—will hold the first in a series of events today in New Orleans in the lead-up to this year’s major international climate change meeting in Copenhagen.
Read the complete press release here: New Orleans Regional Climate Change Summit April 17 Press Release…
Climate change is an established scientific fact. Humans contribute with our rising output of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and other products of fossil fuel consumption. Policies to halt climate change must address human impacts as well as technical aspects of the problem if they are to succeed. Women are essential to the solutions!
Get the facts about climate change and the impact on women.
New York, April 9–Find out the who, what, where and when of the April 17th U.S. regional summit “From Katrina to Copenhagen: Promoting A Fair Climate Agenda.”