Bridget Kathleen Burns

Director Women's Environment and Development Organization

Region(s): Global
Country of focus: United States
Based in New York

Bridget Kathleen Burns (@bridiekatie) is Director of WEDO, Women’s Environment and Development Organization. (@WEDO_worldwide) She is a gender equality and climate justice expert. She specializes in policy advocacy, research and movement building at the intersection of gender equality, women’s rights and environment/climate justice.

Bridget has focused particularly on integrating gender equality into the decisions and outcomes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She  serves as the co-focal point of the Women and Gender Constituency, a UNFCCC stakeholder group of civil society organizations which support the political participation of women’s rights advocates in climate convention processes.

Prior to WEDO , Bridget worked at LEAD International, coordinating a global network of environmental leaders and conducting leadership training. She holds a Masters from the London School of Economics in Gender, Development and Globalization, with a focus on eco-feminism, strategic essentialism and its deployment in literature and policy. Through this work and study, Bridget has also worked on a wide variety of development issues in several countries: renewable energy infrastructure in Beijing, global health issues in Tunisia, disaster risk and resilience in Bangkok, and women’s economic development in Costa Rica. She is engaged in a wide variety of local and international climate justice groups.

She was among Apolitical’s list of 100 most influential people in gender policy in 2020.