“Long before I ever heard the word ‘environmental,’ I understood sacredness, interdependence, and my responsibility to preserve and maintain balance on the Earth.”
-Elouise Brown, Dine Woman and President of Dooda Desert Rock Initiative

WEA's advocacy work launched in 2008 in response to our initiative partners affirming the need for an advocacy resource to support grassroots, Indigenous-led environmental campaigns. We formed the Advocacy Network of advocates representing a range of legal, policy and business expertise, and experience in environmental justice and human rights work.

Through this Advocacy Network, WEA facilitated pro bono collaborations between legal advocates and community-based Indigenous women leaders who were organizing to address environmental degradation, land and resource exploitation, and climate change.  Currently WEA engages this network for specific research and advocacy initiatives. Learn more about the Advocacy Network and our current Advocacy initiative, Shedding Light on Environmental Violence.

"Over the past few years, I've watched WEA blossom into a powerful force, connecting women around the world who are in the middle of a revolution that few of them know exists. WEA's leadership team has transformed communities and lives by connecting visionary women environmental advocates, organizers and entrepreneurs from around the world who were working on the frontlines of environmental, social and economic sustainability in their communities. It is, simply put, one of the most important and hopeful organizations I know."
-Joel Makower,
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