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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, October 16, 2015

Fielding Graduate University’s Worldwide Network For Gender Empowerment Granted Consultative Status To The United Nations

OCTOBER 6, 2015, SANTA BARBARA, CA: The Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE), a center within Fielding Graduate University, announced today that it was granted special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Acting Chief for the Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination Alberto Padova wrote, “I am pleased to inform you that the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its coordination and management meeting adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to grant special consultative status to your organization. On behalf of all staff of the Non-Governmental Organizations Branch/OESC/DESA, please accept our heartfelt congratulations.”
WNGE, a global organization focused on scholar-activism impacting women’s and gender issues, has been a recognized and registered nongovernmental (NGO) with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) since 2009. This special consultative status elevates WNGE into an elite circle of NGOs working directly with the functional commissions.
ECOSOC status for an organization enables it to actively engage with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies. These activities include:
· Placement of items of special interest in the provisional agenda of the Council
· Attendance at meetings and access to the United Nations offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna
· Submission and circulation of written statements
· Oral presentations at ECOSOC
· Consultations with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies

“We are extremely pleased to have been granted special consultative status to the UN,” stated Director for WNGE Anna DiStefano, PhD, “This provides us the opportunity to more fully engage in our global advocacy and policy work focused on gender empowerment and equity.”
Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers, added, “We are very proud of the accomplishments of WNGE and the recognition the organization has received on the global stage. WNGE is a great example of Fielding’s focus on scholar-activism, social justice and leadership.”

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Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) is an engaged and diverse ecosystem comprised of global members committed to research, collaboration, and action in support of women’s and gender issues. WNGE is focused on impacting change with cross-cutting measures in sectors including education, health care, environment, violence prevention, equality, and globalization.
Fielding Graduate University is an accredited nonprofit leader in blended graduate education, combining face-to-face and online learning. Our curriculum offers quality degrees and courses for professionals living and working around in the world. Fielding’s faculty members represent a breadth of scholarship and practice in the fields of educational leadership, human and organizational development, and clinical and media psychology. Maintaining Fielding’s reputation for quality programs, faculty are mentors and guides to self-directed students who use their skills to become powerful, and socially-responsible leaders in their communities, workplaces, and society.

Contact

Kirsten McGregor – Assoc. Director for the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment
Fielding Graduate University
2020 De la Vina, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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