Fielding Graduate University

Why Fielding?

Fielding Graduate University – Centers and Initiatives – Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment

Home  ::  Why Fielding?  ::  Centers and Initiatives  ::  Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment  
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 is dedicated to impacting change by connecting local, regional, and national initiatives to a global community through innovative ecosystems, collaborative networks, and scholar activism.


  • 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 Fall Fellowship has been awarded to Sherry Tehrani. Congratulations Sherry!

The Spring Fellowship has been awarded to Kristin Palmer. Congratulations Kristin!

WNGE Fellows 2004-2013

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)

Profsesional Development

WNGE Webinars

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)

2014 Event Spotlight

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.

Gender Research

The Fielding scholar base is 70% women, with a significant amount of the research generated around gender empowerment issues.
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).

Scholar-Activist Webinars

Click here to see all webinars.

Women in Leadership: Advocacy, Equity, and Wisdom

Dr. Anne Litwin, Anne Byrd, and Dr. Sharon Buckemaster give presentations on Women in Leadership.

Sex Trafficking Perspectives

Ani Kalayjian gives a presentation on Sex & Trafficking Perspectives from the UN.

Education for the Empowerment of Women

Joyce Oneko talks about the Mama na Dada project in Kenya.

Contact WNGE via email:

Anna DiStefano
Anna DiStefano

Director, Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment
Kirsten McGregor

Associate Director, Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment


Like us on Facebook and join the discussion on the latest news from around the world.

Join our group
Additional information:
The best graduate school for adult learners.
Copyright © 2013 Fielding Graduate University, 2020 De la Vina Street, Santa Barbara, California 93105-3814 | 800.340.1099 | 805.687.1099
Click to give Fielding Feedback