WDN’s motto is “Women Must Help Women,” and realizes its goals by connecting women to their best resource: one another.
WDN connects aspiring women leaders with experienced women leaders around the world through a dynamic mentorship initiative.
WDN is member driven. Activities are designed based on the identified needs of Network members and conducted in member’s countries to ensure the broadest impact possible.
WDN is active in 61 countries in every region of the world and features 14 country chapters. Chapters include women from across their country’s political spectrum and women from both the public and private sectors who are committed to addressing challenges facing women. These country-based partnerships are vital to leaving a lasting legacy of WDN's programs and are central to increasing women’s political participation in their countries.
Trainings & Workshops
WDN programs target four areas of women’s political empowerment: 1) educating women on the importance of political participation and building their confidence; 2) training women seeking elected office on how to run campaigns which reflect the concerns of their constituents; 3) ensuring women elected to office have the skills they need to govern democratically and effectively; and 4) increasing women’s meaningful engagement in negotiations and decision-making processes toward conflict prevention and resolution. Trainings are individualized to the members’ needs and are conducted by the Network’s global membership with expertise in the subject matter.
WDN holds two annual conferences, the International Women’s Day Conference in Washington, DC and a European Union Study Tour for its most active members to meet with U.S. and European policy makers as well as public officials to learn and share best practices.
WDN’s mentorship initiative helps aspiring women leaders learn from experienced practitioners in politics, civil society and government. Through the initiative, mentees receive guidance and assistance on achieving their goals and becoming strong successful leaders.
WDN members are achieving their leadership goals by serving as parliamentarians, negotiators, government officials, diplomats and civil society representatives. Elected members have created parliamentary women’s caucuses and have passed legislation positively affecting women, ranging from establishing the rights of women as equal citizens under the law to laws criminalizing domestic violence. WDN members all over the world testify to the integral role WDN played in achieving these professional endeavors.
You can read more about the successes of the Network and its members by visiting our website at www.WDN.org.
The Women’s Democracy Network strengthens women’s role in politics, governance and public life. Through skills-building trainings and mentorship opportunities, women provide crucial support to each other as they actively shape the futures of their communities and countries.