Put the women in front! Leadership for women environmentalists.

By Womens Environmental Leadership Australia

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Support fabulous women aspiring to environmental leadership - from WA to Queensland, from Tasmania to Timor Leste – growing their skills with the Womens Environmental Leadership program (WELA).

WELA has been developed by a small team of women leaders in the environment sector. It’s a program designed by and for women environmentalists arising from research on women and leadership in the environment sector that showed how few women were in leadership positions. The research. See Chapter 16.

WELA is supporting women – of all ages and stages – to strengthen their leadership skills. They come to the program from many walks of life: NGO managers, innovators, frontline activists/campaigners, young indigenous women and in government.

By giving women environmentalists confidence and a supportive national network, they are empowered to play a pivotal role in making Australia and the world sustainable from transforming energy systems to saving nature to researching wildlife, to supporting Aboriginal self determination to tackling polluting industries.

WELA includes 3 week-long residential retreats spaced over a year, with workshops with experienced women leaders, highly skilled trainers and a range of special visitors, as well as a mentoring program.

There's a special magic when a group of women get together in a beautiful place to learn, share their experiences and collaborate. WELA 2016 was fantastically successful (testimonials) and WELA 2017 is even better.

WELA costs $5000 per participant. That covers everything – facilitators, guest presenters, accommodation, catering and travel. Travel costs are equalised so the fee is the same for women from Dili, Perth or Prahran. Reduced fees and scholarships are offered so no-one need miss out.

We’ve already attracted 75% of funds to run the program this year. But we need a bit more.

Help us get the next $15,000 of WELA magic:

  • Fly our Timor Leste participant to the residential in October and pay for her accommodation.
  • Pay transport and accommodation for our young indigenous participant and for our participants from WA and country NSW.
  • Support all our WELA women for the final retreat in WELA 2017.

Who is the WELA team:

Margaret Blakers OAM – long time forest and environment campaigner, organiser of the first Australian bird atlas and first Global Greens conference. Founder and first executive director of the Green Institute.

Dr Louise Duxbury - co-founder Green Skills, WA, a Not For Profit focused on sustainability, integrating project management, training and employment. Director, GondwanaLink Inc. a landscape restoration project across SW WA.

Dr Judy Lambert AM - As a long-time environmental campaigner, Judy Lambert is proud to have worked with the late Dr Jane Elix to help bring her work on women as environmental leaders to the reality that is WELA today.

Dr Sue Lewis has worked and campaigned in gender and science and the environment since she read Germaine Greer and Rachel Carson. Sue worked extensively at Swinburne University in male-dominated and technology-based industries designing and delivering organisational and educational change programs - and has loved supporting WELA as an extension of this theory and practice. Current Green Institute Board member.

Karen Alexander OAM – Wilderness Society (Vic) co-ordinator-Franklin River campaign, Campaign Manager at ACF, President Bush Heritage Australia. Fundraising Convenor for board of Biolinks Alliance-Central Victoria, a landscape project with 18 landcare networks.

Holly Hammond, founder and director of Plan to Win, coordinates the WELA curriculum and is the lead facilitator at WELA retreats. Plan to Win assists individuals, groups and campaigns to develop the skills and clarity required to win change in the world.

WELA is managed by the Green Institute. Donations are tax deductible; those over $13,500 have to be disclosed in accordance with Australian Electoral Commission rules.

Any queries: ring Karen Alexander 0439 306 829 or email [email protected]


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