Women’s Environment and Development Organization WEDO

for a healthy and peaceful planet, economic and social justice, and human rights for all

  • WEDO is an international organization registered in New York. At present, we have one physical location in New York near the United Nations. Our goal is to transition into a multi-locational organization with a continued presence in New York and a stronger presence in the South.  Staff, Board and Partners will contribute to an on-going process of reorganization as we move towards a broader presence in developing countries. We will update you as this process evolves.
  • WEDO works with partners from around the globe. Visit our worldwide map to learn more about our international partners and projects. (Where we work).

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Address: Women’s Environment & Development Organization WEDO, 355 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA;

Our story: WEDO was established in 1990 by former U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug (1920-1998) and feminist activist and journalist Mim Kelber (1922-2004). 

Since its inception, WEDO has been a leader in organizing women for international conferences and actions. In 1992, WEDO organized the World Women’s Congress for a Healthy Planet, bringing together more than 1,500 women from 83 countries to work jointly on a strategy for the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

The result was Women’s Action Agenda 21, an outline for a healthy and peaceful planet that was the basis for introducing gender equality in the official UNCED final documents Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration. This was an amazing feat that quickly positioned WEDO as a trailblazer in international women’s rights.

Since then, WEDO has built on that experience by mobilizing women’s participation to advance women’s perspectives at the UN and other forums. Throughout the 1990s WEDO played a key leadership role to ensure that gender was included in the outcomes of major UN conferences.

Today, WEDO recognizes that policy commitments alone are not enough to improve women’s daily lives. That is why WEDO is collaborating more deeply with Southern partners on implementing global policy gains at the national level and holding governments accountable to their commitments on women’s rights.

In 2006 WEDO was awarded the Champion of the Earth award by UNEP, citing WEDO as “a champion in the field of women’s economic, social and gender rights and a beacon for the empowerment of women across the environmental and development debate.”.

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