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WEDO Launches MisFortune500

Women's Groups Influence UN Reform

Engendering Global Energy Policy at CSD-14

WEDO: UN Champion of the Earth

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WEDO Launches MisFortune500!MisFortune 500
By Nadia Johnson

On May 25, WEDO launched MisFortune500, a highly-anticipated, much-needed website that challenges corporate malfeasance against women worldwide, helping them reclaim their rights to decent work, a clean and healthy environment, and access to land, water, food and quality public services.

MisFortune500—a parody of Fortune magazine’s annual list of top profit-making companies—exposes corporate violations of women’s rights that threaten lives and communities and destroy the environment.  Praise for the project has been coming in from women and organizations worldwide.

“In a globalizing world, we must ensure that consumers and investors are fully aware of the actions and impacts companies have on women, on families, on the planet. MisFortune 500 is an exciting and necessary tool for advancing this goal,” Jocelyn Dow of Guyana and Former President of WEDO wrote in an email.

Check out the site to find profiles of MisFortune 500 companies, news stories from around the world, policy information related to corporate accountability, trade, investment and human rights, good practices, current actions, resources and more.

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Women's Groups Influence UN Reform
By June ZeitlinWomen's groups meet with Secretary General on UN Reform

Over the last two years, WEDO, along with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), has been monitoring and participating in the UN Reform process and campaigning to ensure the inclusion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the discussion. 


Engendering Global Energy Policy at CSD-14
By Betsy AppleWomen engender global energy policy

The 14th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (1-12 May) focused on energy, climate change, air pollution, and industrial development. The review session evaluated governments’ progress in fulfilling their commitments and identified challenges for moving ahead.  As co-organizer of the Women’s Major Group along with Energia, WEDO played a major role at CSD-14: drafting the Women’s Major Group paper and interventions; convening the Women’s Caucus; disseminating session information; and bringing to the process women’s concerns about access to energy, women’s need for alternative and sustainable energy sources, and the connections between peace, security, and energy consumption. Although there is no negotiated outcome document in a review year, CSD-14 was not without friction.  


WEDO: UN Champion of the Earth

WEDO is UN Champion of the Earth

Recently honored as a 2006 Champion of the Earth, WEDO is pleased to announce a new information and resource section on its website dedicated solely to news and events about the award.  Check out the new page to view photos of the award ceremony in Singapore, read WEDO's acceptance speech, and stay up to date on the latest events and information regarding WEDO's work as a Champion of the Earth.

Go to the Champions of the Earth page to find out more.