MAY / JUNE 2006
WEDO Launches MisFortune500
Women's Groups Influence UN Reform
Engendering Global Energy Policy at CSD-14
WEDO: UN Champion of the Earth
Joan Ross Frankson
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.
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
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.
Read what people are saying! Share your thoughts! Get involved!
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.
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.
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.