Title: Women making a world of difference [brochure]
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Title: Women making a world of difference brochure
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Language: English
Publisher: WorldWIDE Network
Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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Success WorldWIDE.

The impact of these success stories crosses all
geographic borders. Following are examples of the
218 success stories presented at the 1991 Global
Assembly of Women and the Environment -- "Partners
in Life."
SUCCESS STORY, Manyu, Cameroon: Food
output was declining due to soil erosion. A local
woman organized groups of women who now practice
soil conservation techniques such as contour farming
and using kitchen waste and animal manure to
increase soil fertility. Crop yields improved, resulting
in economic and environmental improvements.
SUCCESS STORY, Quezon City, Manila: A lack
of adequate waste disposal systems, landfill space, and
garbage recycling contributed to major pollution
problems. A local women's group planned a recycling
program for 18,468 households. "Eco-aides" collected
the community's dry waste which was sold to
merchants. Streets and canals are now cleaner;
community health improved.
SUCCESS STORY, Lesvos Island, Greece: A large
influx of tourists created a need for hotels and other
buildings. Villages depended on the land for their
agricultural economy. Local women formed a coop-
erative to promote "agro-tourism," remodeling housing
to accommodate tourists as an alternative to hotels.
The cooperative now houses 3,500 people per year.
SUCCESS STORY, Kingston, Jamaica: The cost
of cooking gas dramatically increased, placing
substantial burden on households. Forests were being
depleted for fuelwood. A local teacher of
handicapped students obtained a grant to build and
introduce the first solar cookers into the community.
She and her students implemented the project
through women's and consumer groups and
government representatives. Solar cooking use has
spread throughout the community.
SUCCESS STORY, Hampton, Virginia, USA:
Beaches were closed due to dangerously high trash
levels; marine wildlife was becoming entangled in
plastic and debris. Two women initiated clean-up
efforts for the Texas coast which expanded to 100,000
volunteers in an international coastal clean-up. Data
collection identifies sources of dumping trends and
influenced a U.S. decision to ratify an international
ban on dumping plastics at sea.

Creating Change.

Simply stated, WorldWIDE Network:
works to create a worldwide network of
women concerned about environmental
management and protection
educates the public and its policy makers
about the viral links between women, natural
resources, and sustainable development
promotes the inclusion of women and their
environmental perceptions in designing and
implementing policies
mobilizes and supports women, both
individually and in orgaruzations, in
environmental and natural resource programs
The current reality in many countries is that
women are absent from the process of
environmental and natural resource decision-making.
despite the essential role they play in organizing
their communities to achieve healthier and more
sustainable environments.
This exclusion of women from policy-making
arenas is untenable. Women's knowledge of natural
resources and sustainable development is crucial to
the preservation of our world. Harnessing that
knowledge for practical and policy purposes is thus
a paramount goal for WorldWIDE.
By bringing women together at this symbolic
"village well," WorldWiDE encourages women from
all walks of life to share information and help create
solutions for the environment.
To meet these aims, WorldWIDE has created a
number of programs and publications described in
detail in this brochure.

Women Uniting

Around the World.

In Nicaragua, a female professor experiments
with wasps and viruses as a natural means of
destroying the moth larvae that infest cotton plants.
In the United States, a woman shopper chooses a
product packaged in glass rather than plastic, even
though it is costlier. In Thiliand, a woman teaches
sustainable agricultural practices that restore the soil
and increase productivity.
At a glance, these three women in very different
circumstances may appear to have little in common.
But they are united in a common effort: they are
shaping their immediate environment in a positive
WorldWIDE Network exists for women like these.
WorldWIDE was founded in 1981 to help women at
all levels of society become leaders in protecting the
environment and managing natural resources. How
do we hope to accomplish this ambitious ideal? We
will succeed by meeting the following specific goals.

The. u ow,'i ,f ihe Kallawaya in Bolivia work to preserve
their culture and ecologically sound lifestyle one of the
sccitr, si'ide poi.-is:iteat the 1991 Global Assembly of
Sit; tiion 1 i /he fi.'ir ment.

Implementing a

Global Agenda.

A chain reaction started at the final conference of the
I.nited Nation., Decade for \Vumen in N.irobi in 1985
when en ironmental leaders confirmed the intrnsic
connection between women .ind the environment The
Senior Women's Ad4 isory Group on Sustainable
Development tS\X ACGSD to the United Nation-
Em\ ironment Pro gramme I INEP) was created, itl
man\ distinguished leader-. terLtn'g In W rldVW10D's
International Advisor) C:ouncil and Board of Trustee.
UNEPS mandate gave WorldWIDE a new
opportunity to advance itl global agenda.
In November ot 1991, W\orldWIDE implemented the
Global Asembly of Women and the Environment --
"Partners in Life" on behalf ol thec SWcAGSD This
Assembly, demonstrated nv',men's significantt role, in
environmental management h focusing on women'ie
creativity and capacity at the grajssrotL, leIel 'u-ces
stories were presented in the areas off -.iter, ener y and
waste, as well as cn\ironrruienally fniendl\ systems,
teclinilogies, product, and practices
We intend that tlese uLiuceslul case I~hmstrie, will
motivate other women and rheir communities to adopt
solution-, to enM ronmental management and sustainable
development that are affordable, visible, su-tainahbl and
The Glhbal Assermbly drew over id(i. participants
from Atrica, Asia Pacific Europe, Latin
America Caribbean and North Arneinti PartKipani[
returned home with ne\F res!ole to implement these
successful programs.


)( WorldWIDE Network
Women In Development and Environment
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Suite 903
Washington, D.C. 20005

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You can make a difference! Start a WorldWIDE Forum.

[l Yes! I want to start a forum. Please send me:
Forum/Group name J information on the following environmental topics
Contact person
City/State/Province/Code U names of experts in the following fields
Telephone/Fax/Telex I the WorldWIDE News Bulletin
o a list of members and Directory listings in my area
Focus of your Forum's activities
Please share with us and other members of WorldWIDE what you are
doing. Articles on Forum and environmental activities in your community,
region or country are welcome.


X WorldWIDE Network
SWomen In Development and Environment
1331 H Street, N.W.
Suite 903
Washington, D.C. 20005

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Sign up for WorldWIDE's Directory.

WorldWIDE Network publishes the Directory of Women in Environment
to recognize and encourage women involved in the field of environmental
management. The Directory lists addresses, education and training,
languages, areas of expertise and experience as well as other relevant
information on women all over the world. It is a useful tool for anyone
seeking information and advice from women active in environmental work,
and for networking within a region or on particular issues.
The Directory is organized geographically in loose-leaf format (5 1/2" x 8
1/2") in a 3-ring binder, which can be used again with each Directory update.

Q Yes! I would like to order the WorldWIDE :.l, i/. n .,.f Women in Environment.
Price for WorldWIDE members:
Directories @ $15.00 each
Binders @ $5.00 each
Postage and Handling @ $2.50 each
Total amount enclosed

Price for non-members:
Directories @ $25.00 each
Binders @ $5.00 each
Postage and Handling @ $2.50 each
Total amount enclosed
Mail with check or international money order in US$ payable to WorldWIDE Network.


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U Yes! I or the following individuals) would like to be included in the next edition.
Please send an application form to (listing in the Directory is free of charge):




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Suite 903
Washington, D.C. 20005

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Become a WorldWIDE Member Today.
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I enclose U $25. 1 Other
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