Women's Environment and Development Organization
WEDO’s mission is to empower women as decision makers to achieve economic, social and gender justice, a healthy, peaceful planet, and human rights for all. Through our programs on Economic and Social Justice, Gender and Governance and Sustainable Development, WEDO emphasizes women’s critical role in social, economic and political spheres.
Principal StaffMonique Essed-Fernandes, Interim Executive Director
Ugoagha Awa, Accounting Assistant
Eleanor Blomstrom, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Coordinator
Ph. (212) 973-0325 x206
Rachel Harris, Strategy, Outreach & Advocacy Efforts/GEAR
Susan Ifill, Interim Finance Director
Cate Owren, Program Director
Madeleine Rubenstein, Program Assistant
Bridget K. Burns, WEDO Programme Fellow
Areas of Expertise:Access & Disparities, Climate Change & Women, Awareness & Education, Barriers & Opportunities, Eco-Activism, Green Technology & Energy, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, Women & Water, Globalization, Women's Movements, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies, Women's Networks, Environment, Sustainability & Energy, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Globalization, Human Rights & Security
Projects & Campaigns
The most urgent issue of our time, climate change has widespread implications, from the exacerbation of poverty, to the breakdown of infrastructure, to the loss of environmental, political, economic and social security.
WEDO challenges corporate activities that violate women’s rights, threaten lives and livelihoods, and destroy the environment.
WEDO factsheet that outlines the UN reform process and how it affects women’s lives. Provides overview and steps you can take to get involved and make change.
It’s nearly a decade since 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.
The Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign – founded and co-coordinated by WEDO and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) since 2006 – has been advocating for a new, strong, unified gender entity under the United Nations system. The new entity, with predictable and substantial funding, as well as operational capacity at the country level, could truly improve the lives of women around the world.
On September 24th, the Women's Environment & Development Organization, in partnership with the NCRW, launched the Young Women Leading toward a Sustainable Future initiative as an official Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action at the 2012 CGI Annual Meeting. This initiative will expand WEDO's programmatic focus to mobilize young women for a more just, healthy, and peaceful planet by mapping current initiatives focused on young women's empowerment and identifying methodologies for leadership development. For more information on the initiative and WEDO's membership with the CGI, click here.
Reports & Resources
Climate Change Connections: Gender & Population. A comprehensive resource kit from UNFPA and WEDO on gender, population and climate change. Learn how gender equality can reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts and how women are uniquely positioned to help curb the harmful consequences of a changing climate (2009).
2008 Annual Report: Building Alliances, Making Milestones. We invite you to imagine how the actions we take together bring us closer to our goal of a healthy and peaceful planet, social and economic justice and human rights for all.
It is a pivotal moment in women's history: the UN has finally created a strong new, cohesive entity, UN Women / ONU Femmes, to drive the advancement of women's rights.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Fellowship and internship applications (for graduate students and undergrads, respectively,) are accepted on a rolling basis. The duration of each fellowship/internship depends on the needs of the fellow/intern and WEDO programs, but a minimum two-month commitment is required. Fellows/interns will conduct research and writing, provide administrative assistance, attend meetings, and undertake other tasks as necessary, under the direction of the relevant programmatic staff.
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.