EARTHCHAT: Women's leadership for a sustainable future

Updated: May 21

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This week on EarthChat guest host Bridget Robinson speaks with Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) Strategic Director, Victoria McKenzie-McHarg.


In this program we discuss current climate concerns, how women shape decision making through leadership, and the roles we can all play in creating a more sustainable future.

WELA was born out of an Australian Research Council project, Diversity in Leadership: Australian women, past and present, which revealed the vital role women play in the environment movement, their poor representation in leadership positions and a lack of support for those aspiring to leadership roles.


In just 5 years, they have supported the leadership development of women who have influenced some of Australia's most important environmental campaigns and projects. To date, their leadership programs have supported over 90 women and gender diverse people to stand up for our environment across multiple sectors.

WELA is a community of women transforming Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crises and removing barriers to women's leadership by:

  • EMPOWERING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP WITH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS TO BUILD SKILLS, CONFIDENCE AND NETWORKS.

  • SUPPORTING WOMEN TO COME TOGETHER IN OUR GROWING COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND NETWORKS, AND TO OPEN DOORS TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

  • FUNDING WOMEN-LED ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND CLIMATE ACTION THROUGH A NEW GIVING CIRCLE.

  • BROADENING THE WOMEN-LED APPROACH TO SUPPORT GENDER DIVERSITY AND WOMEN FROM DIVERSE CULTURES, BACKGROUNDS AND SECTORS.


Tune in to BEAM's radio program EarthChat each Friday on Seymour FM at 10am or to the repeat on Saturday at 8am.

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