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Meet our newest board member, Charity Tooze

April 11, 2019
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WEA’s newest Leadership Board member, Charity Tooze, is a longtime champion of women’s rights, and currently serves as Director of Gender, Partnerships, and Communications with Equal Access International. She’s a creative social impact leader with a fierce commitment to uplifting girl and women-led organizations, and we are honored to have…

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Meet Binta: A Clean Cookstove Leader, Advocate, and Entrepreneur

April 11, 2019
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Binta Yahaya is a community mobilizer and environmental advocate from Lere, a rural town in Kaduna State, Nigeria. In her town, most women and girls cook over open fires, and many suffer chronic respiratory infections and other health problems from the toxic smoke. Few are aware that cooking with an…

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A silent, nurturing, and green seed revolution

April 11, 2019
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“Beyond the city, past the highway…in the State of Karnataka, there’s a revolution — silent, nurturing and green. A revolution nurtured by…women of the region towards the larger global goal of sustainable agriculture and food security. A revolution that tackles food politics with a smile and indigenous seed varieties.” — Excerpt…

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Women Leaders on the Frontlines at USOW

April 10, 2019
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Last month, WEA was honored to be a community partner for the United State of Women Summit where we co-hosted and presented at the “Eco Women’s Leadership on the Front Lines“ panel. This event highlighted the critical work of women leaders to solve environmental challenges around the world and gave rise to…

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Join us for the Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice

April 10, 2019
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WEA is honored to participate in the Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change on September 11th in San Francisco (and livestreamed). Organized by our friends at WECAN, this dynamic public forum will be a gathering of women leaders from across the United States…

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WEA Voice: Olanike Olugboji

April 10, 2019
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Olanike Olugboji — WEA partner and founder of Nigerian NGO WISE — was recently recognized with the Sustainability, Environment and Advocacy Award for demonstrating exceptional proficiency in Eco-Business Advocacy. Olanike is a WEA founding mother who participated in our first Women and Water Training in 2008 and has now trained over 3,000 women in…

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WEA Voice: Emmanuela Shinta

April 10, 2019
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In a moment of global environmental crisis, Indonesia is ground zero. In response, it is the women of Indonesia who are rising to meet these challenges — women like Emmanuela Shinta, Dayak leader, environmentalist and filmmaker from Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). WEA recently hosted Shinta in California, where she shared how her community…

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A victory for sacred site protection at the West Berkeley Shellmound

April 10, 2019
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  On June 5, the City of Berkeley denied Blake Griggs/West Berkeley Investors’ application to fast-track development of a massive 260-unit project, which would desecrate the sacred West Berkeley Shellmound site (also a designated city landmark) near Fourth Street. “Ohlone people are in favor of low-income housing and are aware…

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Women you should know

April 10, 2019
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Last week, history was made as a record number of women (and women of color) were elected to office during the U.S. midterm elections. 256 women, to be exact, were candidates for the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate in the general election, and as of this past Monday, 114 have won — including…

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Beyond the Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies report

April 10, 2019
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  The Shedding Light on Environmental Violence Initiative shows us that what happens to the land, happens to our bodies. Chrissy Swain, a leader featured in our Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies report, shares her experience of mercury poisoning caused by pollution from a paper mill near the Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy…

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