Women and Sustainability Leadership


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  • As a woman I have no country;
       As a woman my country is the whole world
    -- Virginia Woolf

    Is it fair to say that one of the main reasons that our societies today are at once so palpably unsustainable and socially unjust, is that we have fallen into the trap of "traditional" masculine behaviour and values? We think so, which means that one of the highest priority tasks of the sustainability movement is to bring in many more women into leadership positions. Beginning of story!

    The menu to your left opens up this new and much delayted section of The Commons, starting with nothing more amibiotu than what we hope will be a growing series of links to outstnading programs which are attacking these changels froma wide variety of perepctives. Our thought is that as we tighten the links between their acitivies and those that are taking palce under The Commons, new forms of cooperatoni adn crative interaction will emerge.

    Programs and sites (under development)

  • CommonWell Institute International, Inc (USA) - is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring sustainable leadership for the new century that promotes peace, and that is dedicated in spirit and action to the wellbeing of all citizens of the global village, including women and children

  • Division for the Advancement of Women (UN) - Grounded in the vision of equality of the United Nations Charter, (DAW) advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world and the achievement of their equality with men. Aiming to ensure the participation of women as equal partners with men in all aspects of human endeavour, the Division promotes women as equal participants and beneficiaries of sustainable development, peace and security, governance and human rights.

  • The European Women's Lobby (Belgium) - (EWL) is the largest co-ordinating body of national and European non-governmental women's organisations in the European Union, with over 3000 member associations in the 15 Member States. The EWL's goal is to achieve equality of women and men in Europe and to serve as a link between political decision-makers and women's organisations at EU level.

  • Institute for Women's Policy Research (USA) - IWPR is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation.

  • International Women's Media Foundation (USA) - The IWMF's mission is to strengthen the role of women in the news media around the world, based on the belief that no press is truly free unless women share an equal voice.

  • National Organization for Women (USA) - Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

  • PeaceWomen (USA) - works to facilitate communication among and mobilization of advocates and supporters in civil society, the UN system and governments working on women, peace and security issues; and PeaceWomen advocates for the integration of gender analysis in the governance, peace and security work of civil society actors, the UN system, and governmental bodies.

  • Socialist International Women (UK) - is the international organisation of the women's organisations of the socialist, social democratic and labour parties affiliated to the Socialist International. There are currently 152 organisations from all parts of the world

  • Women's Action for New Directions - WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.

  • Women's WORLD (USA) - We research, explore, and educate the public about the scope and prevalence of gender-based censorship, and work to have this problem redefined as a human rights abuse that violates the right to free expression of more than half the world's population.

  • Women in Europe for a Common Future) - is a network of organisations and individuals working for sustainable development, protection of human health and environment and poverty reduction. Our international network consists of members and partners in Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

  • Women for Sustainable Development (India) The aim of WSD, which is based on the principle of conscious and responsible participation of women, is to implement relevant development programmes. The aim is to assist women to attain a minimum standard of human existence in their villages and towns; and to help set up a forum for women to meet, debate and decide on matters concerning the development of their lives. In pursuance of this aim, WSD runs a prototype carbon marketing facility to sell the CERs from the global environmental services which poor rural women and others who assist them, provide . . .

  • Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) (USA) - is an international, non-governmental organization (NGO) that empowers women and girls in the Global South to re-imagine and re-structure their roles in their families, communities, and societies. WLP achieves this goal through providing leadership training, supporting capacity building, and helping women generate and receive information and knowledge.

  • Women's Environment & Development Organization (USA) - WEDO is an international advocacy organization that seeks to increase the power of women worldwide as policymakers at all levels in governments, institutions and forums to achieve economic and social justice, a healthy and peaceful planet, and human rights for all. /

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