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Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) is an engaged and diverse ecosystem comprised of global members committed to research, collaboration, and action in support of women’s and gender issues. WNGE is focused on impacting change with cross-cutting measures in sectors including education, health care, environment, violence prevention, equality, and globalization.

WNGE connects local, regional, and national initiatives to a global community through innovative ecosystems, collaborative networks, and scholar activism.

Join the WNGE network.


  • Create a Resilient, Visible, and Connected Global Network
  • Support Effectiveness and Collaboration to Accelerate and Sustain Action
  • Democratize Funding and Target Investments Based on Impact Metrics
  • Nurture, Direct and Harness Scholar Activism to Impact Engagement
  • Synthesize and Structure Information to Build Global Awareness, Impact Policy, and Guide Research

Empowering Scholar-Activism

The Spring 2015 Fellowship has been awarded to Kimberly Chapman. Congratulations Kimberly!

WNGE Fellows 2004-2014

Winifert Lawson-Graves (ELC alumna)

Carrie Spell-Hanson (HOD alumna)

Anne Acosta (HOD alumna)

Latisha Ferrara-Webb (ELC alumna)

Zarat Boyd (HOD student)

Robin Frkal (HOD student)

Derek Burnett (ELC student)

Adrienne Boner (ELC student)

Sherry Tehrani (HOD Student)

Kristin Palmer (ELC Student)

Gender Research

WNGE provides access to gender-based research and provides research services to organizations requiring evidence-based methods. Our teams use research tools appropriate to the setting to engage participants in data-driven understanding and problem solving that informs innovation and change for government agencies, organizations, and communities.
Professional Development

WNGE Projects

Over the past decade WNGE has supported partner projects such as Mama na Dada in Kenya and girl-child empowerment in Suriname. WNGE has also originated projects such as nursing care in Saudi Arabia and educational leadership for change in Ethiopia. The WNGE global platform provides opportunities for organizations and individuals to connect and collaborate, share and access resources, and build global awareness around gender empowerment issues.

WNGE Webinars - Current Series

Challenging Structural Inequalities and Disparities in Women's Health: The Intersections of Gender, Class, Race and Nation

Join us for a webinar! In this series, we will examine health disparities through discussion and analysis of the Ebola epidemic, reproductive health and related issues, and the access and quality of healthcare from a gender perspective, informed by race, class, and nation.

Part 1 - The Feminization of Pandemics: Women Face Ebola Triple Jeopardy

When: March 4, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM
Click here to register.

WNGE Webinars - Past Events

WNGE Webinars - Fall 2014 Series:
Violence Against Women and Girls: Continuing Conversation

Violence against women and girls (VAW/G) is “a global health problem of epidemic proportions” (WHO, 2013).  Our three-part VAW/G Webinar conversation series focused on the relationship between local and global situations and the responses of feminist activists.

Part One - Abduction of Chibok Girls in Nigeria (June 18, 2014)

Part Two - Global Epidemic: The US and Around the World (Sept. 17, 2014)

Part Three - Enculturated Violence and Feminist Responses (Oct. 15, 2014)

To view our entire archived library of webinars focused on gender empowerment and equity, please click here.
Organizational Consulting

United Nations Partnership

WNGE is a recognized and registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). We are actively engaged with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the functional commissions of ECOSOC, primarily: Commission on the Status of Women, Commission for Social Development, and Commission on Sustainable Development.
As an international NGO representing partners from around the globe, WNGE contributes to issues of critical concern to the global development agenda.
Under the 2015 agenda, there are eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG), three of which are in direct alignment with WNGE’s mission: the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women (MDG #3), the improvement of maternal health (MDG #5), and the achievement of a global partnership for development (MDG #8).

2015 Event Spotlight

59th Session Commission for the Status for Women (CSW59)

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at United Nations Headquarters, New York, in March 2015. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. WNGE will be there.

WNGE Event Highlights

Women in Leadership: Motivations, Experiences, and Reflections

The Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment produced an event featuring US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, Director of Education at the Folger Library Peggy O’Brien, and President of Fielding Graduate University Katrina Rogers.

Watch the full video as featured on Santa Barbara Public Television:

The event was hosted at the Majorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara, California with over 350 attendees.

For more event photos please visit Fielding's Facebook Group.

For the Pacific Coast Business Times article please click here.
Contact WNGE via email:

Anna DiStefano
Anna DiStefano

Director, Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment
Kirsten McGregor

Associate Director, Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment


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