Thursday, September 11, 2014

Join us in the People's Climate March Thunderclap!

WEA is so proud to be supporting the critical and historic People's Climate March. Stand with us! March if you're in NYC! If you can't get to New York, follow the link below and be part of the PCM Thunderclap...it takes 30 seconds and will be one more voice joining in to protect our communities and futures!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

WEA Grassroots Partner Celebrated as "Woman Warrior"

Check out this great article on grassroots women warriors--including a WEA partner!--who are protecting their lands and communities against #environmental destruction.

Suryamani Bhagat is a brave forest activist and #Indigenous leader of the Jharkhand Save the Forest Movement in #India, and has mobilized a forest watch committee to stop illegal forest destruction in her state.

WEA partnered with Jharkhand Save the Forest Movement, part of the Bindrai Institute of Research Study and Action, over the last year to support their efforts to enhance decision-making power of adivasi women, who are crucial custodians of forests and #biodiversity.




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WEA's New Partnership to Address Environmental Violence

We are so proud to be in partnership with The Native Youth Sexual Health Network on a community-based research and advocacy initiative to address the environmental violence Indigenous women and  youth face as a result of extreme extraction.

Everything that impacts the land in turn impacts our bodies.

Visit the link below to learn more about this initiative, how it aims to address the impacts of extractive industries on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of Indigenous communities, how you can get involved or share your knowledge, or other ways you can support.




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Happy Women's Equality Day here in the U.S.! While this day commemorates the passage of women's right to vote, here at WEA, women's equality also means honoring the knowledge, expertise and leadership of grassroots women around the world who are standing strong for our communities, environment and futures.

What does Women's Equality Day mean to you?



Friday, August 15, 2014

Benefit Concert to Support the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and their Efforts

Where will you be tomorrow night?

Please join us at the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland, CA for Wintu Ch'aawa, a benefit concert to honor and support the Winnemem Wintu Tribe as they continue their efforts to protect their culture, lifeways, and sacred lands from the Shasta Dam raise. The evening will feature Redstar, Michael Preston, Almas Fronterizas, an art auction and surprise guests!

WEA, along with Idle No More HawaiĘ»i and Warriors Rising, is proud to be among the organizations and individuals co-sponsoring this event.

Please share far and wide, and we hope to see you there!


Ticket are $15 sliding scale. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon, and thank you in advance for your support!

For more information: g.daniel.rodriguez@gmail.com




Thursday, July 17, 2014

WEA Partnership with GREEN Foundation Supports Women Farmers in Karnataka

In India, climate change, the steady degradation of natural resources, as well as political and social unrest and inequity, has severely affected the lives of millions of rural poor—a majority of which are women—who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods. These barriers help to make women and girls more vulnerable to societal and health dangers, and reinforces patriarchal practices that deny them access to arenas where decisions affecting them are made.

That's why WEA was thrilled to partner with GREEN Foundation last year to recognize the knowledge and expertise of women farmers to promote food security and build community resiliency. Through this partnership and GREEN Foundations amazing efforts on the ground, women farmers in Karnataka were mentored, trained and supported as they shared and built their skills in sustainable agriculture, seed saving, income generation, community organizing, and leadership around climate adaptation.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Meet Our Summer Intern!

We don't know what we'd do without all the wonderful interns who have given of themselves to support our work over the past few years.

That's why we're so excited to introduce you to the amazing intern working with us here in Berkeley this summer!  She's a rockstar, and we feel so lucky to have her on board!  If you're in the Bay Area, come by and say hi to Kelsey and the rest of the team!

KELSEY RILEY – General Intern

1. Tell us about yourself – Background / Journey to WEA.  Born and raised in the Bay Area, I have always appreciated the incredible amount of cultural and environmental diversity Northern California has to offer. Even as a child, I knew that I was incredibly lucky to live in such an amazing area with countless opportunities. I grew up volunteering at school events and summer camps, and it has always been my passion to give back to my community. Here in Berkeley I volunteer through a mental health awareness org, as well as a homeless shelter for youth ages 18-25.

I just finished my second year at UC Berkeley and I am majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies. A good friend of mine interned with WEA previously and after I heard about her experiences, I knew I had to get involved!

2. What do you do at WEA?  Generally I help with daily operations, whether it be logging donations or writing thank-you cards to our generous donors. In addition I have been working on some graphics to add to WEA’s social media pages, as well as doing research on the Alberta tar sands and their impact on indigenous women and their communities.

3. Share 2 unique/fun/crazy/weird things about you that your co-workers do not know! I enjoy the movie Napoleon Dynamite a little too much! I won a pig-calling contest when I was seven… I am strangely proud of this accomplishment.

4. What do you see as the biggest challenge in the intersections of women, indigenous issues and the environment?  I think that at times it can be difficult to examine the intersectionality between these categories because they each have issues within themselves. We must be able to look at these intersections critically and search for ways in which they bring different identities together in order to make sense of these complex challenges and find ways to actively work on them.

5. Tell us about a woman who inspires you and why.  Emma Thompson. Other than being an Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter, she supports anti-poverty agency ActionAid, is the chair of human rights organization The Helen Bamber Foundation, and works to raise awareness of human trafficking. I deeply admire both her work in film and her philanthropy.

6. Tell us one thing that surprised you at WEA.  How such a small group of individuals can make such an impact in so many ways. WEA is a living, breathing example of women supporting women in a way that brings individuals of all experiences together to empower one another. WEA encourages women to continue being successful leaders within their communities.

7. What do you hope to get out of your time at WEA?  I hope to learn more about the intersections between women and environmental issues, and how women can work together to make differences both in their communities and on a more global scale. I also hope to contribute to hands-on, creative projects that assist the social media presence of WEA as an organization.

Meet the rest of the talented interns that have worked with WEA throughout the years here!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WEA and Fondo Semillas Support Indigenous Women Leaders

In Mexico, the legal system fails to include any specific legislation protecting women's land and property rights. Therefore, Indigenous women's actual control over property has been very limited. Despite the urgency and importance of the situation, there are very few organizations working to improve women’s access to land.

That is why WEA has partnered with Fondo Semillas—the only women’s fund in Mexico—to support Indigenous women leaders who have come together to represent "an unprecedented effort to spark a movement for indigenous women’s land rights in Mexico.”

Meet Silvia (Zapoteca-Chinanteca), one of the courageous grassroots women supported by our partnership, who is working for Indigenous women's land rights in Oaxaca.




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Environmental Injustice: Communities on the Frontlines

One of the key concerns in much of WEA's work is around the continued presence of environmental racism and environmental violence in Indigenous communities around the world, and how that presence impacts women in particular.  We see this appear in many ways: the siting of hazardous waste facilities, American corporations' sale and exportation of poisonous pesticides otherwise banned in the U.S., mining and exploitation on Indigenous lands, and much more.

To illustrate this point, here's an infographic specifically highlighting the impact of hazardous and toxic waste facilities, and abandoned or working mines in racially, ethnically and socially underrepresented communities in the United States.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WEA is partnering with Pink51 - Shop with Purpose!


WEA is thrilled to announce our exciting new partnership with Pink51.com as one of their featured organizations!

What does this mean?  Well, now there's a new way for your to support our work and vision to uplift grassroots women environmental leaders...all while getting your shopping done!

What Pink51 is: Pink51 is a for profit shopping website that promotes only women-owned and women-led businesses.  It's the only one of its kind, AND 10% of all profits each quarter are given back to featured organizations (like WEA!) that support women and girl's economic success.  Founded by Ann Lawrence and Marta Ferro and launched in June 2014, Pink51 believes that empowering women to succeed economically and in business will change the world for the better.   

Through our purchasing power (women account for $7 trillion in consumer and business spending in the U.S., 85% of all consumer purchases, and 58% of total online spending), we can support women-centered initiatives, can encourage female entrepreneurship, and can convince businesses to promote women to Senior Level and board positions.

How to Shop with Purpose: Super simple.  All you have to do is sign up for a free Pink51 account here, vote for WEA, and then rest assured that each dollar you spend is helping to make an impact.

Through this partnershipand yourswe know we can continue to make a difference by supporting grassroots women and their work around the world.