The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) strengthens and facilitates women’s leadership for women’s human rights and social justice worldwide. CWGL envisions a world in which all people are equal and gender equality is systematically realized by the achievement of human rights for all. CWGL works to: advance economic and social rights from a feminist perspective; promote an end to violence against women and highlight the linkages with militarism; and build coalitions and deepen capacity around those urgent issues that are critical to the global women’s movement to secure policy reform at the international and national levels.
Over the past 20 years CWGL has worked on a range of issues from violence against women to social justice always using a human rights framework. CWGL has used the intersection of race, class, and gender to examine the connections and complexities amongst the oppressions that women face in their daily lives. Partnering with a number of organizations working on economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR), such as the Women's International Coalition for Economic Justice (WICEJ), CWGL has developed practical strategies for expanding and realizing the fullest range of women's rights globally. From advocacy at the Association for Women's Rights in Development triennial forums to United Nations conferences and meetings to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign themes, sponsored by the Center, CWGL has integrated the ESCR framework to empower and educate activists working for gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide. The Center is also working on human rights and macro economic policy. The work has consisted of organizing a meeting to look at popular education material on macro policy as well as how to influence the academy and the UN system on the relationship between human rights and macro economic policy.