The Center for Women''s Global Leadership (CWGL) was founded as a project of Douglass College in 1989 and is a unit of the Institute for Women''s Leadership (IWL)—a consortium of seven women''s programs at Rutgers University created to study and promote how and why women lead, and to develop programs that prepare women of all ages to lead effectively. The member units of IWL are: the Center for the American Woman and Politics (CAWP), the Center for Women and Work, the Center for Women''s Global Leadership (CWGL), Douglass Residential College, the Institute for Research on Women (IRW), the Institute for Women and Art (IWA), and the Women''s and Gender Studies Department.
CWGL''s programs promote the leadership of women and advance feminist perspectives in policy-making processes in local, national and international arenas. Since 1990, CWGL has fostered women''s leadership in the area of human rights through women''s global leadership institutes, strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, UN monitoring, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center. CWGL works from a human rights perspective with an emphasis on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and socio-economic well-being. CWGL''s programs are in two broad areas of policy & advocacy and leadership development & women''s human rights education