Empowering women to protect the Earth.
More than 5,000 women have accessed WEA trainings reaching an additional 750,000 people in 18 countries with their environmental innovations. They are saving indigenous seeds, planting native trees, selling solar cookers, launching sustainable farms, providing safe water, building composting toilets, protecting land rights, and preserving traditional knowledge in some of the most threatened places on earth.
Our Vision and Mission
WEA’s vision is that the women worldwide who are safeguarding a thriving home for all of us, are never alone, and that they have what they need—not only to survive but to thrive.
A vibrant grid of micro-networks has been built by women over years and across borders to guard and nourish our earth. Community by community, women step forward to defend forests from being stripped bare, prevent children from dying of waterborne illness, and uphold cultural fabric in the face of violence and exploitation. WEA lights this grid of connectivity.
Our mission is to equip women with the skills and tools they need to protect our earth and strengthen communities from the inside out. We work with local leaders who build up other leaders. One becomes two, two become four, four become eight, and millions.
How We Do This
With local leadership guiding each WEA project, we design capacity-building trainings where women access skills and tools in appropriate technology, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. They gain seed funding, mentorship, and a global alliance. With these resources in hand, participants go on to launch their own environmental projects and teach others to do the same.
The “WEA Effect”
Regardless of the unique conditions in each region, the efforts of WEA participants lead to a consistent set of cascading benefits that we call the “WEA Effect”: women are empowered, children are safer, communities are healthier, natural resources regenerate, local economies prosper, regions stabilize, and real transformation takes root.
Our theory of change is simple:
When women thrive, communities, the environment, and future generations thrive.