Magazine article Earth Island Journal

From Grassroots to the Bargaining Table

Magazine article Earth Island Journal

From Grassroots to the Bargaining Table

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This spring Women's Global Green Action Network (WGGAN)--Earth Island Institute's newest project--will hold its network-launching event in Mexico City. The International Grassroots Women Environmental Leaders Strategy Meeting will convene 30 visionary, peer-nominated environmental advocates from around the world.

WGGAN emerged from an ongoing conversation among a global team of women in environmental and social justice work who were concerned with the lack of networking and support services available to women environmental advocates, entrepreneurs, and community leaders around the world. In less than a year, the dynamic team of international advisors, led by co-founders Melinda Kramer and Mary Rose "Redwood Mary" Kaczorowski, has built a framework to equip grassroots women with communication technologies, support services, face-to-face exchanges, and information crucial to their collaborative work and influence upon policy.

WGGAN held its official launch at the Commission for Sustainable Development's 13th Session in 2004, and its first educational event at the UN's World Environment Day 2005 in San Francisco where it featured a panel of women leaders--including Julia Butterfly Hill, Camila Chavez, Hunter Lovins, and UNEP's North American Representative Brennan Van Dyke.

During WGGAN's three-day strategy meeting in Mexico this spring, participants will exchange best practices, define shared agendas, and begin designing the mechanisms for connecting and empowering women working across a disparate range of access to communication. The meeting will also provide a vital opportunity for women to begin building long-term working relationships and strategic alliances across borders. After their strategy meeting, the WGGAN delegation will attend the 4th World Water Forum, ensuring that the important voices of grassroots women leaders are represented. …

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