Mission and Vision
WomenNC’s mission is to empower the next generation to advance gender equality in North Carolina. Our vision is to create a world free of gender discrimination.
What We Do
WomenNC has established a prestigious “Local to Global to Local” scholarship: a leadership training program for university students to conduct research on the status of women in North Carolina, formulate policy and budget recommendations to address issues of gender equity, and present their findings to and advocate in front of elected officials, community members, and international activists to improve the lives of women and girls.
- Since 2009, WomenNC has sponsored 61 scholars who, even after their time with the organization, continue to expand women’s rights advocacy networks in North Carolina and the world in volunteer positions and in careers.
- Our students come from a broad range of ethnic, racial and income backgrounds to reflect a diversity of identities and experiences.
WomenNC initiated the Cities and Counties for the Elimination Against All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Durham to create a sustainable mechanism for insuring gender equity. CEDAW requires cities and counties to annually evaluate their programs and budgets to ensure that each address barriers to equality faced by women.
In September 2017, the Durham County Commissioners passed a resolution in support of CEDAW, the first such elected body in the South to do so. Then one year later, in September 2018, the City of Durham also passed a CEDAW resolution. In both instances, these elected bodies enshrined principles of gender equity into their deliberative processes.