Offer: Call For Participation: The Women Of The Americas Sustainability Initiative: Natural Building Institute, March 2012, Argentina
The Women of the Americas Sustainability Initiative (WASI) is a network of global women leaders from 15 countries across South, Central, and North America. Women will learn ecological design to take back to their communities to build schools, homes, community centers etc., with the continual support from WASI, and its team of design specialists. WASI is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the women and organizations who are participating! WASI will ignite a network of global women leaders who will affect lasting change in their communities. Scholarships are available.
WASI has three primary goals:
Inspire ecological design-build processes that are locally led; affirm, revive and refine indigenous building practices; and generate community participation
Create regional networks of women leaders to be resources for ecological design-build practices in their countries
Support a peer-based global alliance of social and ecological change makers
The mission of WASI is to create and support deep, positive impact in social and ecological movements led by and for women.
WASI supports women, who make up 70% of the world’s poorest people and are subject to economic and social injustices more often than men. When women have the skills, leadership training, and support networks in ecological design-build practices and appropriate technologies so that they can build their own houses and community centers, can provide not only the means for basic survival, but for lasting security and self-determination. Women are powerful allies in sustainable development because they most often lead efforts to secure water, food, fuel, education and healthcare for their families and communities. Thus, women are in a prime position to connect deeply with, and implement new socially and ecologically sustainable practices. Training women to build environmentally, economically, and socially fair projects that serve their communities mobilizes them as a formidable force for change.