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Fall Edition of the WEAvings Newsletter: 2019 US Grassroots Accelerator Launch!

November 5, 2019 |

Read the latest WEAvings Newsletter Today As we innovate, take risks, and reach for our dreams this fall season, we have been asking ourselves—What if we can’t fail? What if nurturing grassroots solutions that protect our precious earth is the very thing that will turn the tides?   We are seeing the ripple effect of…

Say hello to our fall interns: Hi, Glenna!

October 9, 2019 |

To say we are incredibly fortunate and honored to be able to work with young women leaders like Glenna Herbert is an understatement. Glenna has been supporting the development our donor stewardship program, our research, our organizational outreach, and has been providing event support with care, dedication and attention to detail. Read on to get…

Say hello to our fall interns: Hey, Kajol!

October 3, 2019 |

We have such an amazing team of young leaders working behind the scenes to support our global programs and home-base operations as part of WEA’s Internship Program! Meet Kajol Gupta, a passionate young leader committed to change and equity who has jumped right in to support our growth as a Programs + Operations intern in…

Say hello to our summer interns: Hey, Madison!

August 9, 2019 |

To say we are incredibly fortunate and honored to be able to work with young women leaders like Madison is an understatement. Madison is a passionate and multi-gifted force who has jumped right in to support our growth with her dedication, professionalism, and skill in this exciting time for WEA. We are so lucky to…

Say hello to our summer interns: Hi, Carmen!

July 25, 2019 |

We love summer for so many reasons. It’s that perfect in-between time of year when seeds planted in the spring blossom, bloom and grow strong, and we still have the warm gatherings of fall to look forward to. One of the most exciting things about this summer as been the launch of the 2019 Indonesia Women’s…

Say hello to our summer interns: Hey, Sara!

July 24, 2019 |

WEA envisions a world where grassroots women leaders and our communities have everything they need to thrive, and our team of summer interns play a key role in making this vision come to life. Sara Anderson, a Programs + Operations intern with us this summer, is no exception. She’s intelligent, hard-working, and dedicated to community…

Growing Concern Over Indonesian President’s Investment Remarks

July 24, 2019 |

As the 2019 Indonesia Accelerator in Bali moves into its third day of local women environmental leaders collaborating to find solutions to the ecological crises facing their communities, Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo pursues an aggressive, exploitative resource policy approach which threatens indigenous communities, environmental activists, and Indonesia’s famed tropical rainforests.  In a July 14th speech,…

Start ’em Young: A Guide to Climate, Women, and Justice Children’s Books

July 24, 2019 |

Spark discovery in youth with these books that are made to inspire! With messages of justice, creativity, innovation, and persistence, these are great reads for children, teaching youth important themes and history from the past, and inspiring them to think on how they can be part of creating a more sustainable, equitable, and caring world…

Say hello to our summer interns: Hi, Lia!

July 19, 2019 |

One of the things we witness time and time again is that women hold the seeds for transforming the world. We see it in our work with grassroots partners, as well as in the inspiring, dedicated interns who support our work throughout the year. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Lia Knight-Williams — a passionate…

WEA Women of the 2019 Indonesia Accelerator: Putu Ayu Aniek

July 18, 2019 |

Putu Ayu Aniek is a community organizer from Bali, Indonesia. Growing up in Bali, Aniek felt first-hand the growing impact of tourism on her community. Realizing how tourism could easily degrade the culture and people of her community, she has made it her mission to create a more holistic and sustainable avenue for tourism in…

Meet our newest board member, Charity Tooze

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 her experience and voice on…

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

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 open fire is like burning…

A silent, nurturing, and green seed revolution

“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 from She, the Forest Home…

Women Leaders on the Frontlines at USOW

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 the Eco Women’s Alliance —…

Join us for the Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice

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 and around the world, joined…

WEA Voice: Olanike Olugboji

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 clean energy, safe water technologies,…

WEA Voice: Emmanuela Shinta

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 and environment are profoundly impacted…

A victory for sacred site protection at the West Berkeley Shellmound

  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 of the extreme housing crisis…

Women you should know

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 the first Native American and…

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

  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 Narrows) First Nation reserve in…