At our Founding Meeting in Mexico City in 2006, 30 women grassroots leaders from around the world asked ourselves 3 questions:
Women are hit hardest by environmental and climate crises, and many risk their lives every single day just to access basic needs– like water, food, and fuel– for their families and their communities. But when these women receive support, they are highly effective at designing and carrying out appropriate, long-lasting solutions to persistent environmentalchallenges they intimately know.
Resources like water, food and land are proven to be leverage points for transforming larger societal trends. Communities that have access to clean water, healthy food and protected land are more likely to see improvements in economies, human rights, education, health, democracy and peace.
Too many grassroots women leaders around the world work in isolation, without access to information, training, and alliances with other leaders and organizations. And yet women leaders positioned as hubs of community networks are poised to move resources and knowledge efficiently through those networks.
OUR TIME HELPED US TO IDENTIFY SEVERAL IMPORTANT MISSING PIECES:
So we designed a model that would channel training, peer support, and resources to women working on the frontlines of our communities. When we returned home, we started to build this mandate into every aspect of our work. Today WEA’s work still reflects this original vision.