WILD seeks to shape a movement that will
impact political and social change in the United States. To this end, we develop and
expand the capacity of grassroots and national advocates for women and girls to integrate
human rights into their work. WILD designs appropriate campaigns and actions for all
of its programs, using a range of strategies and collaborations--
Leading training sessions, workshops and presentations for community and national
organizations, policy and civic groups, educational institutions, and government bodies
Participating in national and international conferences, gatherings and consultations
Facilitating and organizing public hearings, issue briefings, statements and testimonies
Working with governmental organizations including UN bodies
Advocating for gender-sensitive government policies and laws
Initiating public awareness and educational activities
Young Women's Leadership Program
provides leadership and decision-making opportunities for young women to actively
participate in social and political change. This is a peer-directed training and activist
program that works with youth from schools, community centers, youth organizations, and
conferences to explore the relevance of human rights to their lives and communities.
WILD works with its Youth Advisory
(YAB) members to develop their skills to make budgetary and program decisions
on a continuous basis. The members of this board receive stipends to train and mentor
young potential activists on human rights education, advocacy and other critical
leadership skills. Participants and YAB members partner on actions that protect and
promote the rights of young women and girls.
Community Human Rights Initiatives
|WILD educates community
organizations and individuals on international human rights standards and collaborates
with them to implement and monitor these standards in local governments, schools and
public institutions. As a result of WILD's leadership, in 1998, San Francisco became
the first city in the United States to pass a law instituting the principles that underlie
the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
|This law requires city
departments to use a genderand human rights analysis to review city policy in employment,
funding allocations, and delivery of direct and indirect services. WILD is supporting the
efforts of other cities to pass similar human rights laws. WILD is partnering with
California-based community advocates to enforce the United States' obligations under the
UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which the
U.S. ratified in 1994.
San Francisco CEDAW Implementation
National Rights Program
|WILD advocates and expands
the discourse of human rights among activists, leaders and policymakers across the nation.
We provide extensive workshops on human rights and convene and facilitate strategy
sessions on topics such as women in custody and poverty.
||By conducting trainings on human
rights documentation, drafting briefing papers, and attending UN Conferences, WILD also
works to ensure that international bodies receive information about the status of women
and girls in the United States.
Women in Custody
& Girls of Color