Saving a Rainforest from Destruction
Bringing the Yellow-eared
parrot back from the
brink of extinction
Women for Conservation’s founder and president, Sara Inés Lara, tells the incredible story of saving a critically endangered species from extinction through community-led action and collaboration with women’s leadership. Saving the Yellow-Eared Parrot enabled Sara and our partner organization, ProAves, to establish a network of nature reserves in Colombia in close collaboration with local women leaders.
Family Planning that Empowers Women and Saves Species
Connecting the dots between family planning, conservation, and women’s empowerment. Women for Conservation was born from our commitment to empower…
Women for Conservation chosen for IUCN membership
Women for Conservation has officially been chosen as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)! The IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest environmental network, uniting more than 1,400 government and non-governmental organizations and more than 18,000 experts in over 170 countries.
“This membership is a dream come true! It will allow us to advocate for rural women disproportionately burdened by climate challenges, and bring the topic of voluntary family planning access to this global platform. We cannot wait to start joining commissions and bringing Colombian women’s voices to the decision-making table.”
– Isabella Cortes Lara
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Lacking economic opportunities, many rural communities turn to agriculture, cattle ranching, logging, and other activities that are detrimental to the environment and local biodiversity.
As an eco-friendly alternative, Women for Conservation trains women in sustainable livelihoods, such as working as nature guides for ecotourism, forest guards for nature reserves, and establishing artisanal micro-businesses.