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Women's Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA), hosted by The Green Institute - please note, WELA is auspiced by Green Skills Inc.

Women Leading Change

Women Leading Change

WELA is undertaking a significant expansion of our work to empower, support, fund and diversify women’s leadership for our environment and climate action.

australia > ALL > both
01/07/2021 > 30/06/2022

FIELD OF INTEREST

  • Environment conservation & climate change
  • Civic engagement & leadership

TARGET POPULATION

  • Women and girls

PROJECT SUMMARY

WELA is undertaking a significant expansion of our work to empower, support, fund and diversify women’s leadership for our environment and climate action.

Our programs and network will support women’s leadership to transform Australia’s response to our environmental crises through collaboration, community engagement and diverse inclusion, ensuring women’s insights, knowledge and contributions are fully integrated and valued in the changes we make to save our future.

Empower: Leadership development is at the core of WELA’s work. While continuing to deliver our annual flagship program, in the next year WELA seeks to develop a new weekend based program targeted to women within regional communities.

Support: WELA is creating a collaborative and supportive community of women environmentalists from diverse cultural communities, geographic locations, and sectoral backgrounds. Through online and face-to-face activities, participants will support each other, provide feedback and advice, and open doors to new opportunities.

Fund: In many cases, women do not have the funding networks or experience required to adequately fundraise for their ideas, or their approach to bottom up engagement and collaboration fails to attract traditional philanthropic support. A WELA Giving Circle will address this gap by directly funding women-led advocacy for our environment and climate action.

Diversify: To create a thriving community of women leading change, we must also focus our efforts on supporting women from diverse backgrounds and sectors including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women of colour, gender diverse people and trans women, women from remote, rural and regional areas, and working class women.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

Already more women are stepping into their leadership for our environment and climate action as a result of WELA.

Increasing our programs and support network will increase the number of women stepping into both formal and informal leadership positions for our environment and climate. Collectively, their leadership will increase collaboration across sectors and communities, strengthen networks, address structural barriers and inequalities, and put community engagement and empowerment at the centre of this response.

Ultimately, as women’s insights, knowledge and contributions are fully integrated into the changes we need to make to save the planet, their approach to leadership will transform Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crises.

Over the next 12 months our work will result in:
- A further 25 women experiencing significant personal leadership development through participation in the 2021 WELA leadership program, an intensive retreat-based program
- A new WELA Weekends program enabling increased numbers of women to benefit from WELA’s leadership development, particularly in regional communities across Australia.
- Over 300 women gaining new support networks and opportunities through the WELA online collaboration space
- An expanded public events series that broadens and diversifies the discussion of women’s leadership for our environment and climate action across sectors. This will increase the number of women joining the WELA community and stepping up in their leadership for our environment.

Profile of Women's Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA), hosted by The Green Institute - please note, WELA is auspiced by Green Skills Inc.

Women's Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA), hosted by The Green Institute - please note, WELA is auspiced by Green Skills Inc.

Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) is a growing community of women leading change. WELA exists to empower, support, fund and diversify women's leadership for our environment and climate action, in order to transform Australia's response to these crises.

Overwhelmingly, our existing political, business and societal leadership has failed to adequately address the climate and environmental crises at hand. It’s time for leadership change. Put simply, we will not get out of this by relying on the same leadership that got us into it.

Leadership has traditionally been seen as masculine, heroic, individual and normative, reinforcing self-reliance, assertiveness and competitiveness. These qualities reinforce existing power structures that underpin unchecked economic growth, environmental destruction, inequity and the marginalisation of diverse voices.

Instead, leadership styles that are collaborative, networked, and responsive to communities will be essential elements in the transition to a sustainable future. Qualities we see in abundance in women’s leadership. We need more of it.

International evidence indicates that more women in decision making ensures better environmental outcomes. While many women are already leading for our environment in Australia, this leadership has largely remained unsupported, unseen and unfunded - therefore limited in its impact and influence.

Our three year plan seeks to change this - significantly increasing the scale of our reach (by building a connected, collaborative and thriving community of women leading) and maintaining the depth of our engagement for women stepping into their leadership (offering transformative leadership programs).

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

TOTAL BUDGET: $626,000
FUNDING
Funding sourceAmount
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$30,000
Program fees - WELA 2021 leadership program$77,000
Committed donations and grants$98,000
Corporate Partnerships$20,000
Philanthropy and individual donors$288,000
Giving Circle Income - including funds for granting and member fees$113,000
EXPENSES
Expense itemAmount
Salaries - expanded WELA staff team including a new full time Community Builder and a new Program Director$319,000
Communications and operating on-costs - includes digital and print communications, administration, financial management etc$64,000
Leadership development programs - includes WELA 2021 and expanding our facilitation team$115,000
Events and training (excluding leadership programs)$10,000
New WELA Giving Circle - includes establishment costs and funds for granting$118,000

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