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Bunch, Charlotte

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  • Charlotte Bunch
  • Founding Director


Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University, has been an activist, writer and organizer in the feminist and human rights movements for over four decades.  A Distinguished Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, Bunch was previously a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in DC and a founder of Quest: A Feminist Quarterly.  She has served on the Board of Directors of many organizations and is currently on the Board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Advisory Committee for the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.

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Our History

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The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) was founded by feminist activist Charlotte Bunch as a project of Douglass College in 1989. CWGL is affiliated with the School of Arts and Sciences, at Rutgers University. It is also part of the Office of International Programs and a member of the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) that connects sister institutes and centers that are committed to the progress of women at the university.

CWGL has been instrumental in fostering women's leadership in the area of human rights through leadership institutes, international mobilization campaigns, including the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, strategic planning activities, United Nations monitoring and advocacy, publications and development of a resource center. The Center has trained a generation of women leaders from all regions of the world to use the human rights framework to achieve strategic objectives.

The global women's movement is a significant force in international policy arenas, bringing women's experiences and feminist analyses to issues such as development, peace, health, the environment, gender equality and human rights. Recognition of the importance of women's rights as human rights and of the seriousness of the abuses experienced by women and girls worldwide has been a central component. Within this context, CWGL has been a central player in the transformative endeavor of demanding respect for the rights of all women.

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