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
Climate Change 
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.
UN Reform 
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.
UN Reform: What’s at stake for women?  (pdf)
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.
GEAR Campaign 
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.
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.
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.