Womens Environmental Leadership Australia

WELA 2019 National Gathering

WELA and Covid-19

Covid-19 has changed the world with astonishing speed. It is an enormous threat to our communities but also an opportunity to remake the world as we know it for a genuinely sustainable future. WELA will play its part in making the most of this opportunity and we are actively monitoring the implications of the pandemic and adapting our plans.

WELA 2020 is going ahead but a bit later and in a different format than we planned. We have selected the 2020 cohort from a record number of applications from amazing women across the country. The first part of the WELA 2020 program will be delivered online starting in May. The virus permitting, we hope to hold retreats later in the year.

We are also planning a significant expansion for WELA – watch for more news a bit later in the year. In the meantime we wish everyone the best in adjusting to life with Covid-19.

WELA 2020 Program

Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) is empowering and supporting women’s leadership for our environment, and transforming Australia’s response to the climate and environment crises (www.welaprogram.org.au). 

Designed by and for women environmentalists, the WELA leadership development program has successfully supported the leadership, career development and influence of dozens of women leaders across our movements for the past four years. 

When it comes to the major crises we face, we will not get out of this by relying on the same leadership that got us into it. Instead, we need new leadership styles that are networked, collaborative and responsive to diverse communities across colour, class, gender, sexuality, ability and location. Women’s leadership must play an increasingly important role in this transformation – and we are not there yet! 

Now, you have the opportunity to apply to participate in the WELA 2020 leadership development program, and experience the support, skills and personal development and networks that will assist you to take the next steps in your leadership for a better future. 

Find more information on our WELA Program page

Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia

WELA 2019 National Gathering

WELA 2020 Program

Are you a woman and an active environmentalist volunteering or working in Australia? Are you looking to take your next steps in leadership? WELA 2020 is for you! 

We aim to bring together20 women from diverse backgrounds and ages who are working on a variety of environmental issues and campaigns around the country. Some will be employed in the movement; others working as volunteers or as individuals. 

WELA aims to address the ways in which women’s crucial leadership can transform our response to the environmental and climate crises we face. We seek to empower women to identify their own approach to leadership, and to recognise and step into their power to influence. We’ll also work with you to challenge the ways in which women’s leadership in the environment movement is undervalued and often not reflected in formal leadership positions. We recognise that this dynamic is not limited to gender and we encourage women from other marginalised constituencies (such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women of colour, gender diverse, culturally and linguistically diverse women, working class and regional women) to apply. 

Find more information on our WELA Program page

Womens Environmental Leadership Australia

WELA 2019 National Gathering

WELA 2020 Program

Are you a woman and an active environmentalist volunteering or working in Australia? Are you looking to take your next steps in leadership? WELA 2020 is for you! 

We aim to bring together20 women from diverse backgrounds and ages who are working on a variety of environmental issues and campaigns around the country. Some will be employed in the movement; others working as volunteers or as individuals. 

WELA aims to address the ways in which women’s crucial leadership can transform our response to the environmental and climate crises we face. We seek to empower women to identify their own approach to leadership, and to recognise and step into their power to influence. We’ll also work with you to challenge the ways in which women’s leadership in the environment movement is undervalued and often not reflected in formal leadership positions. We recognise that this dynamic is not limited to gender and we encourage women from other marginalised constituencies (such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women of colour, gender diverse, culturally and linguistically diverse women, working class and regional women) to apply. 

Find more information on our WELA Program page