“I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s team work. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.”

— WANGARI MAATHAI

Our Purpose

“Putting women at the heart of transforming the African environmental movement. ”

 

Women are responsible for every day environmental decisions about food, water, security, and health. Yet, their influence on policy and decision making on the environment is critically undervalued.

African conservation is suffering from a profound imbalance in our current leadership. While we strive to protect the diversity of our environment, we have overlooked the importance of diversity in our teams. Diverse teams are more productive, collaborative, resilient and innovative, but women are routinely underrepresented in decision-making roles. With the joint crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, we are at a moment when courageous, compassionate leadership is needed more than ever.

WE Africa was created to remedy this imbalance by empowering women leaders in African conservation to transform their own and others’ leadership, creating strong mixed gender teams that will achieve greater environmental outcomes.

WE Africa is designed to scale into a contagious movement for women’s environmental leadership benefitting people, wildlife, and ecosystems across the continent and then around the world.

Our Vision & Path to Impact

At the heart of WE Africa is the belief that leading with integrity, compassion, and being courageous in our communications and actions will result in a change in conservation norms.
WE Africa will create an alliance of effective women environmental leaders in Africa who will collaborate to empower themselves and others to restore balance within environmental leadership and achieve greater impacts for African conservation.

WE Africa offers a one-year advanced WE lead experience comprised of a range of leadership building opportunities. These include tailored trainings, facilitated dialogues, one-on-one coaching and mentoring, community building, peer support, and increased visibility. Through WE Connect we pay it forward and inspire a community of practise across shared values both within the environmental space and beyond as the environmental movement affects us all.  WE talk binds us to women leaders of diverse backgrounds, ages, countries, and across triumphs and challenges through authentic storytelling and shared experience. This is WE Africa – a community created for impact with one purpose.

By participating in this program, women will increase their resilience, learn coping strategies to reduce stress and improve physical well-being, transform their careers, and improve their ability to achieve lasting environmental impact. This leadership initiative has been designed to scale and support Women for the Environment initiatives in other regions around the world, reflecting the demand, need, and excitement around the concept.

“We believe that women will be at the heart of the transformation of African conservation.”