The Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) is an international non-governmental organization based in New York City , US That advocates women’s equality in global policy. It was founded in 1990 by Bella Abzug and Mim Kelber to take action in the United Nations and other international policymaking forums. Its early successes included achieving gender equality in the final documents Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration . In 2006, the organization was named as an international Champion of the Earth by theUnited Nations Environment Program .

WEDO and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership launched the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign in February 2008 to mobilize women’s groups and allies to push for the adoption of the new UN entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment. [1]

WEDO focuses its work in three programmatic areas: Gender & Governance, Sustainable Development, and Economic & Social Justice. Priority projects include, climate change advocacy, and UN Reform.

See also

  • Wangari Maathai
  • Vandana Shiva


  1. Jump up^ „Strengthening the UN Gender Architecture: New Momentum Behind Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women“ (PDF) . RoundUp . United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS). March 2010 . Retrieved 2011-09-25 .