Women's Earth Alliance
When women thrive, the Earth thrives.
WEA equips women with the skills and tools they need to protect our Earth and strengthen communities from the inside out.
In these environmentally fragile times, WEA leaders are saving indigenous seeds, selling clean cookstoves, launching regenerative farms, providing safe water, protecting land rights, and more.
Since 2006, WEA has
Trained over 5000 grassroots women environmental leaders
In 18 Countries
To train over 1 million people in life-saving environmental solutions
WEA trainings create results like these...
48,000 more people are utilizing safe sanitation
75,000 Farmers have increased nutrition and resilience to climate change by adopting regenerative farming practices and native seed systems
60,500 people are drinking safe water
130,000 women and girls no longer risk sexual assult while collecting firewood or water
We know that women are hit hardest by environmental destruction. Women and girls...
Are exposed to toxic smoke and chemicals when cooking with open fires
Produce most of the world’s food yet own only a small percent of the world’s titled land
Walk dangerous distances to carry water when sources dry up and become polluted
Miss work to care for children when disasters close schools and destroy communities
Store pollutants in body fat and pass this toxicity on to children in the womb
Are 14 times more likely to die in climate related disasters
Are 35 times more likely to be assulted than men
This is our theory of change. We call it the "WEA Effect":
Take Olanike. She models the "WEA Effect" in action:
After participating in a year-long WEA training with a cohort of other African women leaders, Olanike Olugboji created her own NGO in Nigeria and began offering training to women in environmental solutions. Through WEA’s ongoing investment in her leadership, Olanike went on to design a national model for long-term scaling of clean cookstove sales in Nigeria, a country where smoke-related illness is the number 3 killer of women and where the deforestation rate is one of the highest in the world.
In less than a year, she trained 30 women to be entrepreneurs by launching their own successful clean cookstoves businesses. Now 13,000 people are utilizing clean cookstoves and breathe cleaner air, saving money, and have improved health.
WEA women are transforming environmental crises into solutions.
Training women farmers to reach 15,000 people with native, climate resilient seed through community seed banks and women's collectives.
Mobilizing her community to resist the destruction of their land for palm oil production.
Protecting and restoring her city's water sources, which provides groundwater for a population of 7 million people.
In the face of environmental crises, the diverse solutions that WEA women deliver are critical to our survival. In response, WEA's next chapter is designed for broader reach and higher impact.
Our growth plan:
Reach 5.7 million people with life-saving environmental solutions in 5 years
WEA will remain a lean organization—expanding our impact and reach via strategic partnerships that allow us to activate our holistic training model, global grassroots network, and blended learning approach across ally networks
In the next 5 years, through partnerships with global organizations like the Sierra Club (3 million members), Numi Tea (world’s largest fair trade, organic tea company on a mission to provide clean water), and URI (world’s largest interfaith grassroots network working in 104 countries to build peace and justice), we aim to exponentially grow the number of women leaders trained, environmental solutions introduced, and lives improved around the world.
This is how WEA works in partnership
Grassroots Training Program
We partner with organizations, institutions, and networks to develop customized training academies. We equip cohorts of women leaders with resources and tools to strengthen and scale high-impact environmental solutions around the world.
Philanthropic Impact Program
We partner with mission-driven companies and organizations to optimize philanthropic investments in environmental, social, and economic change, shaping new models for integrated sustainable development and ethical consumerism.
World WEAvers Program
We bring people together across regions and sectors through trainings and experiences that support women’s environmental solution-building. We produce and curate events, travel, workshops, retreats, and a global online forum to keep our community connected, active, and engaged.
Our Past and Current Program Partners
Our Past and Current Funding Partners
CATTO SHAW FOUNDATION - SWIG FOUNDATION - TAO FUND - ERWIN FAMILY FOUNDATION
BETSY GORDON FOUNDATION - CHRISTENSEN FAMILY FOUNDATION - BIJJAR FAMILY FOUNDATION
Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is integral to each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 countries. Only by ensuring the rights of women and girls across all the goals will we achieve justice and inclusion, economies that work for all, and a planet that thrives and supports life now and for future generations.
"Every day, Women’s Earth Alliance leaders model this most basic truth: when women are equipped with resources, agency, and support, they not only profoundly impact their local environment, but they create a ripple effect that lifts up entire countries. That’s why I’ve been a champion and Advisory Board Member of WEA since its launch over a decade ago."
- Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown