North Dakota Women’s Network
The North Dakota Women’s Network (NDWN) is the state’s only multi-issue women’s advocacy organization. Headquartered in Bismarck and serving the whole state, NDWN has been fighting for equality in North Dakota for over 10 years. From education to economics, from reproductive health to leadership development, NDWN is a change maker working to improve the lives of women and families in North Dakota.
What do we do at NDWN? Lots! We have several signature programs including WE Rise: Women Empowered, which aims to demystify the legislative process in North Dakota and get folks more involved in legislation becoming law, and Ready to Run which is gives women the skills needed to run a successful political campaign. One of our most popular offerings is Feminist First Fridays, which occur the first Friday of each month at 8 different locations across the state: Bismarck, Devil’s Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, and Valley City. Attendees gather for these casual meetups to network and chat about the events of the day. Each month we see 100+ people attend these gatherings and we’re growing every month!
NDWN is also committed to LGBT equality in North Dakota. We have worked with the Human Rights Campaign to bring important advocacy trainings to North Dakota, and our goal is to lift up and increase the capacity of LGBTQ-focused organizations in North Dakota. We have been an integral part in the fight to pass anti-discrimination legislation in North Dakota, and we played a key role in passing a non-discrimination resolution in Bismarck in October of 2016. NDWN also coordinates an Advisory Committee for the ND Department of Health to ensure LGBTQ individuals are getting appropriate services at domestic violence and sexual assault service centers.
The North Dakota Women’s Network is only strong because our Network of people is strong. We want you to be a part of it! Learn more about NDWN and how you can join the cause by going to www.ndwomen.org.