Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE)

The Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE) is a community of African women enhancing stewardship of the environment through networking, career building and leadership development.

Led by African women, the environmental network was launched on 8 March 2019—International Women’s Day—on the margins of the United nations Environment Assembly. The Network of African Women Environmentalists is championed by the United Nations Environment Programme, in partnership with international and national partners.

The Network is committed to empowering women environmentalists who are contributing to the restoration of African landscapes, building resilience in their communities and working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. A number of initiatives across Africa are being planned for the United Nations Decade on Ecosystems Restoration 2021–2030.

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Empowering women means taking a stand for environmental rights

As the Samburu fight for control over natural resources, Samburu women are demanding to be heard

The Samburu, a pastoralist indigenous tribe from the vast semi-arid and arid rangelands of Northern Kenya,…

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Key Activities:

  • Building up the Network: Developing governance systems, identifying regional focal points and building up a database of members across Africa and the diaspora.
  • Publication of the Karura Forest Photobook: Wangari Maathai and the Power of Conviction.
  • Launch of NAWE Landscape Mentors

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Partnerships are the driving force behind NAWE and over the past few decades, increased recognition has been given to the important role played by partnerships in addressing global challenges. Learn more


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