Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA)

WELA is empowering, supporting and funding diverse and inspiring women’s leadership for our environment and climate action, to transform Australia’s response to these crises. 

Donate now, and support a new wave of women’s leadership transforming our future.
You can read more about our plans for WELA and the support we seeking in our 2021 Prospectus

The world now faces an unprecedented set of environmental and climate crises. Overwhelmingly our existing political, corporate and societal leadership has failed to adequately respond to these crises. 

It’s time for leadership change. Put simply, we will not get out of this by continuing to rely on the same leadership that got us into it. 

Instead, leadership styles that are strongly networked, collaborative, and responsive to communities will be essential in the transition to a sustainable future. Women’s leadership often reflects these qualities, and must play an increasingly important role in this transformation. 

That’s where WELA comes in. 

WELA is lifting female voices to ensure that women’s insights, knowledge, and contributions are fully integrated into the change we need to make to save the planet. Our mission is urgent. We need all hands on deck.

WELA actively supports and welcomes women from diverse backgrounds and sectors, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women of colour, gender diverse people and trans women, those from regional or rural communities or working class backgrounds, and women working in the private and government sectors and across civil society.

What we do: 


We’re empowering women from diverse backgrounds and walks of life to lift their voices for a future in which all people and the planet can thrive. Designed by and for women environmentalists, our transformative leadership development program supports the leadership of approximately 20 women annually. Additional programs are in development and will be offered in 2021. 


Together, we’re opening doors for women who are leading for our environment and climate action. Opening doors to new ideas, approaches, support, and opportunities. We’re here to help. So, what do you need? And what do you bring? We’re looking forward to opening doors with you!


WELA is establishing a new giving circle dedicated to funding women led projects and initiatives for our environment. Check back in late 2021 to find out more… 

Get involved! 

If you’re interested in staying up to date with our work, hearing more about our events or programs, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and join us on Facebook.

WELA acknowledges that we are all on Aboriginal land, we acknowledge and respect Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.