Catalyzing Women's Climate Solutions in Kenya

In partnership with Women in Water and Natural Resource Conservation (WWANC)


grassroots women leaders

11 regions

of Kenya represented

4 months

of knowledge and skill-sharing

The 2019 Kenya Accelerator

The 2019 Kenya Women's Earth Alliance Accelerator catalyzes the efforts of grassroots Kenyan women leaders protecting their communities and ecosystems from climate threats like drought, coastal biodiversity collapse, and food insecurity. This initiative will support leaders from across the country to deepen their strategies, build powerful alliances, and scale their solutions for critical climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Photo: Spell & The Gypsy Collective; 2019 Kenya Accelerator

The Accelerator will work with selected women environmental leaders to:

Generate quantifiable impact in leaders’ projects that restore ecosystems, transform agriculture and food systems, build green economies, and protect people’s health, rights and safety

Grow public awareness and visibility for key environmental campaigns and causes via WEA’s international network

Bolster women’s environmental leadership nationally and internationally by strengthening women’s networks, spheres of influence, and access to resources

The Accelerator includes:

A week-long immersive experiential learning and knowledge-share program in Nairobi, Kenya with content offered by diverse experts on topics such as designing and measuring for impact, effective communication strategies, resource mobilization, coalition building, climate technologies, leadership, and self-care

Pre- and post-workshop group calls

Sector-specific working groups to dig deeper into climate technologies, networks, and communities of practice

This year's leaders are accelerating the impact of their existing projects in these intersectional areas and beyond:

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Why Kenya?

In Kenya, the reality of this moment of global climate crises is particularly stark. Increased volatility and warming of the climate are causing severe drought and floods, agricultural crop failures leading to hunger and malnutrition, and loss of marine species on which communities and ecosystems depend. Despite Kenyan women being on the frontlines of these crises and thus ideally positioned to address them, their ability to participate in solution-building is stifled. Though a new Kenyan constitution passed in 2010 that provides a powerful framework for addressing gender equality, women in Kenya still have less access to education, social capital, and financial resources than their male counterparts to enact much-needed solutions to their country’s environmental challenges.

Why a WEA Accelerator?

In the face of environmental crises, the diverse solutions that women environmental leaders deliver are critical to our survival. WEA’s action-oriented accelerators are designed for timely action and high impact, convening powerful groups of women leaders who are out front – fiercely protecting our water, food, air, forests, land, sacred sites, indigenous lifeways, and future generations. By investing in women leaders to scale solutions for change, we are creating the conditions for an inclusive, safe, and thriving world.

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