Women's Earth Alliance (WEA) is a 15-year global initiative that trains, resources and catalyzes grassroots women-led efforts to protect our environment and build healthy, safe, and just communities now and into the future.
WEA’s signature Accelerator provides leadership, strategy, and technical training for women leaders to scale their climate and environmental initiatives while connecting them to a global alliance of peers, mentors, and funders.
In these environmentally fragile times, WEA Leaders are saving indigenous seeds, selling clean cookstoves, banning harmful toxins in their communities, saving endangered forests, launching regenerative farms, providing safe water, protecting land rights, and more.
Women are hit hardest by environmental and climate destruction.
Around the world, women lead the majority of local environmental justice movements despite persecution and deep inequity. Many don’t own the land they work to protect, don’t have a say in the policies that profoundly impact their lives, and don’t have access to financial capital, technical training, or networks of allies.
Women who step forward to prevent environmental destruction and care for our environment often face an uphill battle. Their bodies and health are threatened, their work is under-resourced, and their leadership is stymied. Women, and women of color in particular, are under-represented and seldom acknowledged despite the fact that women and children are 14 times more likely to die or be harmed when disasters strike. Among those displaced by climate change, 80% are women, and after these disasters, domestic violence numbers increase by 300%.
Representation matters, yet despite the soar in media coverage about the climate emergency, women only account for 15% of individuals interviewed on climate globally. Only 35% of the negotiators for the Paris Agreement were women and there are few women of color leading climate funded programs. In fact, women’s rights issues receive less than 7% of philanthropic dollars globally. And support specifically for women and the environment represent only 0.2 percent of all foundation funding, indicating a critical gap in support.
with grassroots women leaders with critical environmental and climate solutions.
We Build Alliances...
to energize a global movement of women’s environmental & climate leadership.
We Equip Leaders...
with skills, tools, & resources to strengthen and scale their environmental & climate initiative
Women are best positioned to implement solutions.
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.
From these frontlines, women create solutions that protect our bodies, children, and future generations. Solutions that work for everyone. Solutions that last.
Yet women who step forward to protect our communities from environmental destruction face an uphill battle. Women are systematically unseen, under-resourced, and under-represented in decision-making. WEA bridges this harmful gap.
WEA works in partnership
WEA and our partners identify grassroots women leaders with solutions to the most pressing environmental issues in some of the most threatened regions on Earth. Through participation in our year-long Accelerators, these leaders access training, seed funding, mentorship, and our global alliance to strengthen and scale their critical solutions.
Philanthropic Impact Program
WEA partners with like-minded businesses to optimize philanthropic investments through matching programs, fundraising campaigns, special events, supply chain impact projects, and more. We are inspired by the many mission-driven businesses who recognize the importance of collaborations that benefit people and the planet.
World WEAvers Program
We bring people together across regions and sectors through facilitated experiences, conversations, and trainings that support women’s environmental and climate solution-building. We produce and curate events, travel, workshops, retreats, and a global online forum to keep our community connected, active, and engaged.