Welcome to the Center for Women's Global Leadership

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With feminist values, we strengthen and bridge voices for human rights, towards social justice and self-determination.

To this end, we work at the intersection of gender, human rights, and economic policy, and utilize the following strategies:


  • Convene those closest to the struggle to explore and exchange ideas and solutions.
  • Research guided by those committed to realizing rights.
  • Advocate with and for those traditionally excluded from decision-making.

Transform = Convene + Research + Advocate

Our programmatic goals:

  1. Equality regardless of identity
    We aim to achieve equality by eradicating gender-based discrimination and violence in the world of work.
  2. Peace beyond the absence of war
    We redefine peace and measure it with the indicators of equality, justice, and human rights to challenge the economy of war and violence.
  3. Feminist standards as the norm
    We amplify feminist thought, standards, and leadership to influence civil society and its institutions and structures, thereby addressing inequality, discrimination, and violence.

Events 2021-2022


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Latest News

  • #LetsTalkFemicide Chat

    Join the #LetsTalkFemicide Chat! Media's Reporting on Femicide: Challenges & Impact On December 3, 10 AM EST, please join us for a Twitter chat that we are co-hosting with our allies. Since 2019, we have been observing December 6 as femicide awareness day – in honor and remembrance of women who have been killed by a partner or a family member. The Twitter chat is part of this commemoration.  Share your...
  • We're Taking the Conversation on ILO Convention No.190 to Nepal!

    Dialogue on Ratification of ILO Convention No.190 on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work ILO Convention 190 (C190) was adopted to end violence & harassment in the world of work for ALL women & it applies to both formal and informal sectors. Please join Melissa Upreti, our Senior Director for Program and Global Advocacy at Center for Women's Global Leadership, and others for a virtual...
  • How the Beijing Women’s Conference Speaks to Us Today: PEACE

    How the Beijing Women’s Conference Speaks to Us Today: PEACE 20 YEARS OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325: THE LINK BETWEEN PEACE AND GENDER EQUALITY CWGL Executive Director, Krishanti Dharmaraj had the honor of presenting in a high-level panel discussion on "The Link Between Peace and Gender Equity" and shared her experiences during the Beijing women's conference along with other leading...
  • How the Beijing Women’s Conference Speaks to Us Today: EQUALITY

    A UN75 Global Governance Forum Side Event Join us as our founding director, Charlotte Bunch, participates as a panelist alongside other leaders in a high-level discussion about the UN Fourth World Conference on Women.  The event will be held Friday, September 18th at 12pm EST  REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_isML-WsLTjiIBziCqVacX LIVE STREAM:...
  • New Report on Combating Violence against Women Journalists by the UN Special Rapporteur on...

    UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, Dubravka Šimonović, presented her new report on Combating Violence against Women Journalists and recommendations. Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence webinar in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) JiG team's advocacy led to the UN Report on violence against women journalists, authored by the UN Special...
  • Nairobi Commitments/ICPD25: What’s Next?

    Nairobi Commitments/ICPD25: What’s Next? Strengthening Health Systems Responses to Gender-based Violence: Ensuring Continuity of Essential Health Services & Promoting Equality and Rights 📣Join CWGL, June 10th, 2020 at 10 am EST as our Executive Director, Krishanti Dharmaraj participates in a high-level discussion discussing GBV and the health systems. Join the conversation by following us on...
  • Gendered Impact of The COVID -19 Crisis: Holding Governments to Account

    Join this webinar to hear what leading feminist economists are saying about the gendered impacts of the crisis, their policy recommendations, and ideas for strategies to hold governments to account. April 16th, 2020 10 AM EST | 7 AM PST | 2 PM GMT | 7:30 PM IST  Speaker: James Heintz, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts and an Affiliate Member of the Center for Women's...
  • CWGL Statement on International Women's Day 2020

      8 March 2020: We believe that women’s rights are human rights. Today, we celebrate the courage of women to rise in the face of adversity, and flourish inspite of conflict at home, in the workplace, in our communities and in the world. Despite women’s ability to rise, we recognize the challenges women have to overcome to be taken seriously and meaningfully included in decision-making processes. We...