Women bring many unique and needed skills to conservation

Seventh Generation Institute has started a new program by, for, and about women in conservation. The program is intended to cross-over with and add on to the International Program and other programs.

Institute staff will give a presentation on this new program January 9, 2019.

The initial step was to develop a series of workshops that will be offered to both women and men, although the content is focused on improving skills for women in all roles in conservation

We are excited to report that the response to the initial outreach has been strong. Our first workshop is called Women Making Waves for Nature. This workshop was presented twice on Bonaire in November and December of 2018. Representatives from most of the local conservation non-governmental organizations attended and we are very excited to work with these dedicated conservationists.

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An enormous thank you to the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance and the Coral Restoration Foundation, Bonaire which hosted these workshops and provide the spaces. Please visit these organizations and see the great work that they are doing.

Other terrific local conservation organizations on the island of Bonaire and in attendance at the workshops included Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Echo Bonaire, Stinapa and Boneiru Duradero. These organizations are also “making (big) waves for nature” on the island and in the surrounding waters. Together, they are amazing.

Program Goals

  1. Increase conservation results by increasing the participation of women in conservation at all levels and in all roles, as is appropriate for their particular culture.

  2. Increase conservation results by increasing the skills and effectiveness of women as they participate in conservation.

Summary of Impact to Date

  • Started in late 2018, the first project in this program was a workshop on leadership, communication and collaboration. The workshop was presented twice on Bonaire in December of 2018. Representatives from local conservation organizations attended including Stinipa, Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Coral Restoration Foundation, Echo Bonaire and Boneiru Duradero.

  • Attendees have formed a group to continue polishing their skills and invited the Institute back for additional workshop topics.

  • A program is also underway to train young women in the US in leadership. The first participant is our current conservation assistant, Chyanne Stowell.

Upcoming Activities

  • Delivering the workshop in additional locations.

  • Developing workshops on additional topics.

  • Expanding this program into on-the-ground projects internationally.

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