by Beth Dehghan
an Iranian-born activist with experience mobilizing to create change by making connections between women’s human rights violations that occur on the local and global levels.
It has done this for over 11 years with its integrated programming that trains, educates, and advocates for policies that improve the lives of women and girls. In 2018, WomenNC embarked on a fruitful collaboration with RTI International’s Global Gender Center that has enriched its leadership training program. Under the direction of Dr. Wendee Wechsberg
, the Gender Center provides individual “femtors,” what we call mentors, to each WomenNC scholar.
Together scholars craft their own research project that not only explores instances of gender disparity, but also provides public policy solutions to improve the status quo, ensuring an engaged research project with a practical purpose. Scholars’ work serves as the basis for WomenNC’s advocacy efforts to effect change locally and globally. Since its inception, WomenNC has directly impacted over 20,000 change agents including legislators, policymakers, community leaders, students, and community at large through annual seminars, workshops, events, personal meetings and panel discussions in North Carolina and at the United Nations annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).