Why Women?

When women have a role in decision-making, the economic, political and social well-being of their country improves.

We connect women to their best resource: each other. With active members in more than 115 countries and chapters in 16 countries, WDN is creating the next generation of women leaders.  

Network members learn communications, networking, campaigning and governing skills from WDN programs.

Our Work in Action: Strengthening the Capacity of Women Leaders in Cameroon

Despite violence continuing to disrupt daily life in Cameroon, women leaders proceed to march towards a more inclusive political process. The WDN Cameroon country chapter has helped increase women’s participation in decision-making processes at the local and national levels. In seven years, 95 percent of Anglophone women who took part in our Women’s Political Leadership Academy and Women’s Leadership School ran for local council positions.

Our Story

Since our founding in 2006, WDN has worked with 5,000 women in 80 countries. We empower women around the world to participate in the political process and equip them with the skills to take on greater leadership roles.

Who We Are

The Women’s Democracy Network believes that a full and robust democracy depends on the equal participation of women.

Join Our Network

WDN’s network of leaders and rising stars are making positive changes in their communities and beyond. Join our global network to connect, learn and participate in the advancement of women’s full participation in public life!

Established by the International Republican Institute in 2006, WDN empowers women around the world to participate in the political process and equips them with the skills needed to assume greater leadership roles in government, political parties and civil society. WDN connects aspiring and accomplished women leaders across the globe, creates forums for sharing ideas and experiences, and provides technical training and resource materials.

Our Members

Our partners are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and are committed to advancing women’s leadership in their countries.

Our Council

Our council is composed of women leaders who have distinguished themselves in the world of politics, business and more.

Join Our Network

Join the WDN network of leaders by becoming a member.


Director, Private Sector Engagement & Women’s Democracy Network

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