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Center for Women, Faith & Leadership

About CWFL

The Center for Women, Faith & Leadership (CWFL) supports and equips women of faith to assume and advance in leadership roles and influence decision making in global affairs, with particular emphasis in areas where women are most affected yet have had the least influence – religious freedom, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.

CWFL Fellowship Programs

CWFL offers two Fellowship programs: Hybrid and Distance Learning. Both Fellowship programs run for a full calendar year with the purpose to give women of faith the opportunity to increase their capacity and leadership skills, in order to more fully address religious freedom, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding in their own contexts. Fellows will learn from one another, and from a network of experts, in order to enhance their leadership, cross-cultural communication, and negotiation skills, while leveraging their expertise and networks to more effectively influence and educate multiple audiences and stakeholders.

The Hybrid Fellowship: Offers both in-person and online learning experiences that are built on three core focus areas: religion and identity, skill-building; and, experiential self-care. The Fellowship concludes with a capstone project where Fellows work to apply their skills and networks to a particular issue/challenge. In the process these Fellows demonstrate how women of faith can play integral roles in decision-making in global and community affairs, while also building a global movement of women experienced and equipped to be difference makers both in analyzing problems and implementing practical solutions.

The Distance Learning Fellowship: Is a means for CWFL to expand the reach of its successful hybrid fellowship to women of faith who are unable to participate with the Hybrid Fellowship due to health constraints, visa restrictions, transportation constraints, economic hardship, etc. The distance learning fellowship represents the next phase in making CWFL resources more accessible and sustainable to a global community of women of faith leaders and advocates. The cohort will meet for 12 synchronous and asynchronous online learning webinars.

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IGE’s Center for Women, Faith & Leadership was inspired by its partners who resided in Syria, who empowered women & girls in leadership as a function of their faith and their belief in religious freedom.

Through the Fellowship Program, the Center for Women, Faith & Leadership brings together women of diverse faith so that they can learn from one another and gain strength in their mutual advocacy for religious freedom.

CWFL believes that women-of-faith bring a unique perspective to the table, one that is needed now in policy decisions impacting religious freedom.

Through programming that focuses on knowledge-building, wisdom-sharing, resilience, and sustainability, CWFL offers women-of-faith a unique opportunity to rise in influence for the betterment of our national and global communities.

The Religion & Identity Initiative

The CWFL Religion & Identity Initiative serves as a public resource, compiling and disseminating research findings and analyses on issues related to the integration of women of faith in global affairs. With an emphasis on understanding women’s roles in religious freedom, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding — and their intersection with policy and practice — the initiative serves as a platform for the pursuit and presentation of original research and as a resource to help equip leaders to better realize and utilize the imperative roles of women in all forms of decision-making and agenda setting, globally.

The CWFL Advisory Council

The Center for Women, Faith & Leadership Advisory Council is a body of prominent leaders from diverse sectors dedicated to supporting the vision and mission of IGE’s Center for Women, Faith & Leadership (CWFL) and its corresponding programs. Council members play a valuable role in the substance and sustainability of the Center, serving as advocates and advisors on issues relevant to women of faith and religious women’s leadership, especially their engagement and influence in under-represented sectors, in real-time.

As a global initiative, Council members represent a diverse array of cultures, geographic locations, ethnic and religious backgrounds, political perspectives and professional competencies. Individuals invited to serve as CWFL Advisory Council members typically include leaders from the public, non-profit and private sectors that have demonstrated personal distinction, leadership, and a commitment to building the capacity of women of faith in order to ensure that these women, with full agency as equal citizens, are equipped and empowered to serve as leaders and agents of change-across vocations and locations; and, on the world’s most pressing socio-economic and geo-political challenges and conflicts.

For more information on the aforementioned programs, or for partnership inquiries, please contact Margaret Weber Program Director, Center for Women, Faith & Leadership at

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