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

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Women’s Mobilizing Meeting for the People’s Climate March

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

[ July 24, 2014; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

NEW YORK (July, 17 2014)– In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change.

Igniting ambition, action and urgency to this moment, in New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization – in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention …

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Towards a New Climate Agreement – Update from June Climate Talks

Monday, June 30th, 2014

NEW YORK (30 June 2014)– From 4-15 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany, WEDO and its partners from the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), working alongside members of the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), attended the fortieth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40), as well as the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for …

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Step Change for Women’s Leadership at the UN Climate Talks: Women Delegates Fund

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

NEW YORK (June 26, 2014)- The Women Delegates Fund was founded in 2009 to provide travel support, capacity building and networking opportunities to women from the Global South, particularly those who have both climate change and women’s empowerment expertise, to join and participate on their national delegations at the UNFCCC. The Fund is supported by the Government of Finland, with additional funds from the Government of Iceland.

Now in it’s sixth year of operation, …

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Honoring Wangari Maathai- Watch LIVE & Share Memories

Monday, May 19th, 2014

[ May 19, 2014; 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm. ]

NEW YORK (May 19, 2013)– Today, Monday, May 19, 2014, WEDO is honored to co-host a celebration and tribute honoring the life and legacy of our great friend, visionary, sister and ally, Professor Wangari Muta Maathai.

Through the unveiling of a plaque to mark a tree planted by Wangari Maathai on May 17, 2005, as well as the planting of a new Dogwood tree gifted by the New York City Department of Parks and …

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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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