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.
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.