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Due to the mismanagement of the environment, environmental degradation is on the rise and people’s livelihoods and economy are affected and they are vulnerable and desperate. As I child, I watched helplessly but was optimistic that someday, I will no longer be confined and will rise up to take action. Consumed with the drive to turn my concerns into action, I stepped out into the world of environmental stewardship and humanitarian activism in 2004. Accordingly, Environmental Management and Protection Network (EMPRONET) was founded.

The Nonprofit organization started with a set goal of promoting constructive environmental ideals and practices through education, advocacy, consultation and cooperation. However, I was touched by the realities on ground which revealed that environmental threats have the harshest effects (causes stress and poverty) on women. I also recognized that most sustainable development efforts do not take the role of women into account and pay little or no attention to supporting them. This lead to a shift in approach, and my work and activities began to revolve around empowering women by addressing environmental issues that have direct bearing on their lives.

As a measure of strategizing to meet women’s expectations, EMRPONET was renamed the Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE). Through WISE, I explore the potential for disadvantaged women to improve their social, economic and political status through developing and managing natural resources and also create opportunities for women to learn skills and take advantage of opportunities in natural resource management. Over the years, I have been involved in strengthening the roles grassroots women play in community resource management in addition to the traditional roles they play.

Towards eradicating the poverty issues that plague women, I have directly and indirectly reached, engaged and involved thousands of women in issues of natural resource management/environmental sustainability through their participation in awareness, sensitization, mobilization and project implementation activities that address water, sanitation and hygiene, alternative livelihoods, domestic energy, and sustainable agriculture among others. Today, grassroots women in my community are taking charge of, enjoying and benefiting from this new found social power. At the local, national and international levels, my work has not escaped notice, as I have become a regular guest of the print and electronic media, an advise–giver of government and private organizations, a companion of many women groups and various communities, and an associate of many organizations working for social change.

World pulse is one of the communities to which my work was introduced in 2007 by one of our international collaborators. Though on obvious grounds such as time constraints, self and career development pursuits, very unpredictable access to internet, I had not been disposed to exploring and maximizing the opportunities availed me by the link to World Pulse. With these constraints put behind me, and in spite of the non acceptance my views by some traditional men, I am set to let the world know about my flexible, timely and inclusive sustainable development activities and initiatives vis-a-vis women empowerment and vice-versa.


Diane Dillon's picture

balance of power

I lie your work and also believe in a balance of power as women have a lot to contribute and have been silenced far too long

Diane Dillon's picture

word correction

Above I meant to say I like your work so exscuse type error

Greengirl's picture

Hello Diane

Thank you for your motivating comment. About the typographical error, we all experience such at times. Good news however is that World Pulse Site has provision for editing an already submitted post. Once you have clicked on the submit button and are able to view your post, you will see an edit link. When you click on it, you will be able to review and resubmit the post. Please let me know how this information works for you.

All the best,


usha kc's picture

Hi sis,, voice you raised

Hi sis,, voice you raised here is very crucial,, thank you for sharing .

Greengirl's picture

Hello Usha

Thank you so much for your feedback. It is quite encouraging.
My best!


Stella Paul's picture

Admire that

The first word that caught my eye about is that you fight for environment. I come from a valley through which a river called Brahmaputra flows.It is the lfieline of 3 countries- Chin,India and Bangladesh.And now, the river is getting choked. In my vally there are evergreen forests. They are vanishing. I feel strong about this issues and I am happy to see you who is also feeling the same way, trying to protect the environment somewhere else. I wish you luck.

I also wish you luck here,to find more ears, and win more hearts

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Greengirl's picture

Thank you!

Stella you glow with your words! Keep shining! I am glad you feel strongly about the environment. It is our heritage!
Thank you a great deal.

Titilope's picture

A Fellow Traveller

Dear Nike,
You are my sister and a fellow traveller on the jouney to environmental and gender justice. We need to connect and share experiences and best practices. I work in Lagos and have just finished an interesting research on gender and climate chage for Lagos state government. I am also helping the state to mainstrean gender in the adaptation plan of Action for Lagos state. Activisim on women issues made government to recognize me and believe in me that i can assit.
I wish you the very best

Greengirl's picture

Great Work!

I look forward to meeting you you in person!

fem4femmes's picture


I love that! and I love the way you are able to articulate the relationship between environmental sustainability and women's empowerment! You are right that it is women and their children who are most adversely affected by all forms of social, political or environmental irresponsibility! It is this message that I hope to bring to the women of my state. I look forward to knowing more about you, your work and how you have and are changing women's lives!!

Light and blessings to you today!!


"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

Greengirl's picture

Thank You!

Marissa, I very much appreciate your comment. It further strengthens my resolve to keep working for change. I am glad we share the same passion and interests. I look forward to being of help in every way I can. You will sure be heard!


KathyG's picture

Sustainability and Women

I agree with Marissa's comment and love your piece Olanike. We don't usually think about the relationship between women and their role in sustainability. It's great to see you take charge in leading the empowerment of women in relationship to the environment. Great work!

A suggestion to get more readers of your post. For VOF you do need to have the tag "2011 VOF Week 2" like you have it, but you can add other tags separated by commas. For example "2011 VOF Week 2, Environment, Sustainability, Women's Empowerment, WISE" and anything thing else you think someone might search on.

Thanks again for a great post.


Greengirl's picture

Thank You!

I appreciate your comments Kathy. It sure inspires me to forge ahead. I also welcome and appreciate your invaluable suggestion.
Thanks a million time over!


Hiba's picture

Hi Olanike, You shine and

Hi Olanike,

You shine and your work cannot escape notice! I am thrilled by the so logical link you made between women and environment.

To that I see your voyage and WISE's so worthwhile and will definitely help in finding a greener future for women and our future generations at large.


Greengirl's picture

Wow Hiba!

Your comment just made my day. I bet you, women are a sure answer to a greener future. I look forward to learning more about you and your work!
My best to you and all you stand for.


Aishawahan's picture


I like your work so much.

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