The Women’s Global Leadership Program (WGLP) is a four-day program in New York City, held in conjunction with the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a yearly meeting that brings together governments and human rights advocates from around the world to discuss key issues affecting women’s empowerment. It is perhaps the largest international gathering of women in the world.
March 15-18, 2018 | New York City
The 2018 Delegation
This year's delegation is also particularly impactful given the current movement to address sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace. The #metoo hashtag has spread around the globe, and in June 2018 the International Labor Organization will begin discussing a binding international standard to address violence and harassment at work. Women workers and their unions have a critical role to play in addressing this issue, and it is essential that the link between labor rights and women's empowerment at work remains central to the conversation. Governments and non-governmental organizations need to hear from women workers about how organizing and collective bargaining can change women's lives for the better.
2018 Application Process
All applicants must complete an application by January 12, 2018.
If online application is not possible, please download this form and email it to [email protected].
The AFL-CIO does not cover individual costs for this program. Participants must secure funding from their local union or other outside sources.
A block of hotel rooms will be reserved but participants may wish to make their own accommodation arrangements.
Space is limited and we cannot guarantee a spot in the program, so early application is highly encouraged. There is no fee to join the delegation, but applicants must obtain support to cover the costs of travel to New York City, hotel and meals during the meeting.
2018 Participant Requirements
Prior to joining the delegation, participants must:
- Participate in a webinar briefing on the global economy, the international labor movement and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
During the delegation, participants are expected to:
- Attend all trainings, discussions and events;
- Attend NGO-organized side events;
- Practice public speaking, and;
- Compose articles for the trade union delegation's blog.
Upon completion of the program, participants will be expected to prepare a presentation about their experience to share with their local union.
About the WGLP
The WGLP brings together women union and labor movement leaders and activists from across the United States to learn about the global economy and strengthen organizing and advocacy skills.
- Develop tools and contacts to advance pro-worker, pro-women policies at the local, national and global level;
- Learn how to use their understanding of global issues to strengthen organizing campaigns that involve multinational employers;
- Develop a critical analysis of current political, economic and social trends and their impacts on workers and unions;
- Be trained on economic institutions and policymaking, how economic policies can promote or hinder labor and women’s rights, the structure of the global labor movement, global organizing strategies, advocacy skills, and how to use international tools and mechanisms to promote economic and gender justice;
- Meet women and workers’ rights advocates from around the world, identify opportunities to build contacts with other activists and leaders, and strengthen advocacy across the labor and women’s rights movements.
Information about previous years' labor union delegation can be found here: