New Year, Renewed Commitment to Justice

With each New Year, we rededicate ourselves to advancing human rights at the intersection of gender and disability and working towards a more just and equitable future for all.

2023 was a year of transformation at WEI, as our staff, Board, and partners came together in a strategic planning process to define how we want to evolve and what change we want to see in the world. We proudly embark on 2024 with an updated mission and vision a grounding set of values and theory of change, clear and compelling priorities, and measurable outcomes. We are excited to move forward with intention and to share more details with you in the coming months about our bold 5-year plan.

What hasn’t changed – and in fact has only deepened – is our commitment throughout our work to center the voices and the leadership of women and gender-diverse people with disabilities.

You’ll see this as you read about how we’re training facilitators with disabilities to equip for women and young persons with disabilities to advocate for their essential rights, how we are bringing an intersection gender and disability lens to challenge the rollback of abortion rights in the U.S., and how we’re supporting our local partners to engage in advocacy on the international level. We also share here how the Ford Foundation is investing WEI’s organizational resiliency to ensure our future and the future of the movement.

I am so proud to be part of this amazingly powerful movement that is inclusive of our global community’s diverse identities and lived experiences. And I thank you for your part in the strengthening of this movement and for joining me in this electric and challenging moment were in together.


Maryangel Garcia-Ramos Guadiana
Executive Director