Co-hosted a successful Southern California Tribal Listening and Strategy Session. The Listening Session was a collaboration between the United Coalition to Protect Panhe, UC Irvine’s Environment Institute, American Indian Resource Program and Office of Civil and Community Engagement, and WEA, with the leadership of our 2012 Advocacy Fellow Angela Mooney D'Arcy (Acjachemen). The session was a well-received opportunity for tribal community members in Southern California to engage with one another and members of the academic community regarding the land, water, food, and climate change issues impacting Indigenous communities in California, and to identify priorities for collaborative action, research, and advocacy.
Continued facilitating advocacy collaborations that emerged from the Advocacy Training last fall. Our Advocacy Training, in partnership with Indigenous Environmental Network, brought together Indigenous leaders with advocates from NGOs, law firms, and universities; each participating advocate committed 25 hours of pro bono time within the Advocacy Network after the Training.
Partnered with the Catalyst Project to engage an intensive evaluation of our work. As part of this process, we prepared an in-depth 40-page program assessment, with quantitative and qualitative analysis of our work thus far, our successes and areas for growth, and a list of recommendations for moving forward.
Looking ahead: 2012 will see us continuing our advocacy collaborations with established and emerging partners, refining our program systems, and engaging with advisors to continue to develop the next phases of our work.
"It is high time that national and international policies reflect gender differences and give far greater weight to the empowerment of women."
-Dr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
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