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Frontiers in Research

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 Summer 2015 Fellowship has been awarded to Leah Kenyon-George. Congratulations Leah!

WNGE Fellows 2004-2015

Paula Herring (EdD student)

Kimberly Chapman (HOD student)

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


September 2015Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment Granted Consultative Status to the United Nations
The Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) announced that it was granted special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Read More.

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

Gender and Mental Health: Deepening the Disparities

This webinar discussion focused on trauma and PTSD from perspectives ranging from the global epidemic of trauma and innovative psych-soma strategies to empower women; to females in regions of generational conflict, with trauma as a backdrop to their lives; and women in the U.S. military and the effects of trauma and PTSD.

WNGE Webinars - Past Events

WNGE Webinars - Spring 2015 Series:
Challenging Structural Inequalities and Disparities in Women's Health: The Intersections of Gender, Class, Race and Nation

In this series, we examined 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 2 - Gender Equity: Reproductive Health, Infant Mortality and HIV/AIDS

When: April 15, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM PDT
Click here to view the recording.

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

When: March 4, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM
Click here to view the recording.

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

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

United Nations Partnership

Since 2009, WNGE has been a recognized and registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). As of September, 2015, WNGE was officially granted consultative status to 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 newly ratified 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) were adopted by 193 member states. WNGE is in direct alignment with five of the SDG's:
• SDG #5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
• SDG #1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere;
• SDG #2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;
• SDG #4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;
• SDG #3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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

Latina Poder: Leading from the Heart and Cultural Roots

WNGE hosted a powerful presentation during Summer Session 2015 with Dr. Patricia Arredondo.

Click to view the presentation:

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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