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

Gender Perspectives of Climate Change Coping and Adaptive Strategies in Ghana

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Ghana (2012) – “Ghana’s climate is changing: historical data for Ghana across the country from the year 1960 to 2000 clearly shows a progressive rise in temperature of about 1°C in the last 30 year, decrease in mean annual rainfall in all agro-ecological zones in the country and also shows a sea-level rise of 2.1 mm per year over the last 30 years. Even though the country’s contribution to the global climate change problem is negligible, the …

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WMG at the Booth, Day 1, showing off the message on women's leadership

Where are Women’s Rights in the Sendai Framework for DRR?

Friday, April 10th, 2015

NEW YORK (April 10, 2015)- The Women’s Major Group had a strong showing with representatives from across the globe who made impacts and inroads at the WCDRR in Sendai, from 13-18 March 2015. Activities included ongoing advocacy with Member States, official statements (watch Hiroko Hara of Japan Women’s Network for DRR), daily messages, speaking roles in dialogues (watch Adivasu Levu of FemLINKPACIFIC at Women’s Leadership Dialogue) and at the Ignite Stage, side events, …

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Building Capacity of Women Delegates at the UNFCCC

Monday, December 1st, 2014

LIMA, PERU (December 1, 2014)– Now in its sixth year, at COP20, WEDO on behalf of the Women Delegates Fund (WDF) hosted a two day training for women delegates, commonly known as the WDF ‘Night School’ as it is held in the evenings after the delegates’ preparatory meetings. Over 17 delegates from across 12 countries joined this workshop, which provided background to the UNFCCC process, rules of procedures and associated techniques to navigate and analyze

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Ensuring Women’s Access and Influence on Climate Change Policy

Monday, December 1st, 2014

NEW YORK (December 1, 2014)– WEDO is pleased to announce its new report – titled “Ensuring Women’s Access and Influence on Climate Change Policy” –  highlighting the Women Delegates Fund (WDF) program, which works to enhance women’s participation and leadership in climate negotiations.

In its newest publication, “Ensuring Women’s Access and Influence on Climate Change Policy”, the Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) illustrates the latest trends in the participation and leadership of …

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On the road to Lima, what is the status of gender equality in current UNFCCC decisions? NEW POLICY GUIDE

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

NEW YORK (October 15, 2014)– As the UNFCCC works towards a new climate agreement at COP21 in Paris next year, WEDO is working alongside many countries championing gender equality as a key element of the new agreement. In addition, Parties and key stakeholders from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the Women and Gender Constituency continue to build the foundation for advancing the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of current gender mandates in …

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