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Celebrating World Vasectomy Day

      Celebrating World Vasectomy Day Earlier this week, global population hit 8 billion.  Human population growth is projected to continue growing exponentially over the coming decades – threatening the existence of earth’s incredible ecosystems and the hundreds of thousands of species with whom we share the planet.   The fist step to curbing unsustainable […]

In the News: Women for Conservation Serves Over 1,300 Women Caring for Nature Reserves

  Women for Conservation Serves Over 1,300 Women Caring for Nature Reserves This article was originally published September 5th, 2022 in Spanish by the Colombian news Outlet Semana. To see the original version of this article in Spanish, click here >>>  Women for Conservation empowers women and children to lead eco-friendly projects to protect critical […]

Sara Inés Lara Featured on Brevard Zoo’s ‘Paws for a Moment’ Podcast

    We are thrilled to announce our latest podcast interview! Women for Conservation’s executive director, Sara Inés Lara, discussed the organization’s conservation efforts through female empowerment on Brevard Zoo’s podcast, Paws for a Moment.  Listen on Spotify >>> Listen on Apple Podcasts >>> After leaving Colombia to pursue a civil engineering career in England, […]

Celebrating Conservation Project Coordinator Kelly Julio Donado

  Celebrating Conservation Project Coordinator Kelly Julio Donado   Happy Birthday to Kelly Julio Donado, our Women for Conservation Project Coordinator in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta!   Kelly is the force who organizes and facilitates Women for Conservation’s community groups in multiple villages across the municipality of Santa Marta.  We are committed to listening […]

Educational Safari Inspires 5th graders in Nepal

Educational Safari Inspires 5th graders in Nepal September 20, 2022 Women for Conservation and Birds Nepal understand that the education and engagement of the next generation is absolutely essential to our dream of protecting biodiversity for generations to come.  We work to inspire the next generation of conservationists by providing hands-on environmental education and meaningful wildlife […]

Cross-cultural solidarity: In support of Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, fierce defender of women’s rights

The feminist band Pussy Riot’s brave activism and performance art has inspired women all over the world to use their voices to stand up to oppression. Even after a two-year prison sentence, band co-founder Maria Alyokhina continued to speak out against injustice. W4C Director of Conservation, Isabella Cortes Lara, reflects upon meeting the incredible Maria […]

Birds Nepal & Women for Conservation Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day

Birds Nepal & Women for Conservation Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD). Of nine species of Vultures found in Nepal, eight of these are globally Threatened and three species are categorized as Critically Endangered in IUCN Red list. IVAD originated from Vulture Awareness […]

Expanding Access to Vasectomies for 60 Men

Project Overview: While our family planning efforts are usually focused on providing women and girls with access to contraception, we have recently received significant interest from men in Carmen de Atrato who wish to receive vasectomies. Our first ever vasectomy campaign took place in February 2022, when we provided access to vasectomies to 5 men.  […]

Flash Flood Relief: Help Us Support the People of Puerto Pinzón

    Flash Flood Relief: Help Us Support the People of Puerto Pinzón Boyacá, Colombia June 8th Devastating floods forced the community of Puerto Pinzón to evacuate their homes as the Ermitaño River flooded their town last week. National media reports that 700 families in Puerto Pinzón have been affected, and many inhabitants have lost […]

24 More Men Get Vasectomies as an Act of Love for Women and the Environment

  W4C’s Latest Vasectomy Campaign Shatters Stigmas to Set New Records September 2, 2022 Women for Conservation’s latest family planning brigade on September 2nd provided 24 men with vasectomies in the rural community of Carmen de Atrato. Families in this remote town lack access to adequate health clinics, and must travel 4 hours by bus […]

Minca W4C Groups Attend Conference on Gender Violence Prevention with Santa Marta Mayor’s Office

26 August, 2022 Women from the towns surrounding Minca, including La Tagua, Tigrera, and Vista Nieves, gathered for an educational day to raise awareness about gender violence.  The event was organized by multiple government bodies, including the Mayor’s Office of Santa Marta, the Attorney General’s Office, the Metropolitan Police, and the Colombian Institute of Family […]

El Dorado Successes: Updates from the Field

El Dorado Successes: Updates from the Field July 2022 The megadiverse ProAves El Dorado Reserve is located in the incredible Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta which is considered “Most Irreplaceable Site on Earth” by the journal Science.  Women for Conservation supports the reserve by engaging local communities in workshops and campaigns which mutually benefit biodiversity […]

Celebrating Our Partnership with Birds Nepal: Journey to Chitwan and Bardyia National Parks

After two years of running programs in Nepal, the Women for Conservation leadership team was finally able to visit and see our projects in person. This April, WFC Founder & Executive Director, Sara Inés Lara, along with Co-founder & Director of Conservation, Isabella Cortes, spent three weeks visiting Women for Conservation’s Nepal projects with Birds […]

Breaking barriers and stigmas, 26 women join the conservation movement through family planning

Breaking barriers and stigmas, 26 women join the conservation movement through family planning July 20, 2022 Thanks to your support, 26 more women have been provided with family planning procedures in the mega-diverse Chocó Rainforest region! Women for Conservation organized the logistics for these women to travel 5 hours from rural Carmen De Atrato to […]

Women for Conservation begins training new female forest guards

May 15, 2022 Women for Conservation is excited to announce the addition of two new women to our forest Guard training program! These women have been involved with Women for Conservation’s community group in the village of Puerto Pinzón, Puerto Boyacá, Boyacá which has been active since 2013. “I believe this is a special opportunity […]

Record Breaking Campaign Empowers 93 Families with Family Planning

Record Breaking Campaign Empowers 93 Families with Family Planning Procedures in Single Day   March 25, 2022 Women for Conservation is celebrating a new record, with 93 family planning procedures delivered in two Colombian communities within a single day. In the first two months of 2022 we have already delivered more family planning procedures than […]

63 Women Provided With Family Planning Procedures in Chocó Rainforest Region

63 Women Provided With Family Planning Procedures in Chocó Rainforest Region Women for Conservation is celebrating another family planning brigade success! From January 26-28th, 2022, Women for Conservation and Profamilia were able to provide a total of 63 women with family planning medical procedures in the rural municipality of Carmen de Atrato, in the Chocó […]

Celebrating Our New Partnership with Brevard Zoo

Celebrating Our New Partnership with Brevard Zoo Women for Conservation is absolutely honored to have been chosen as an ongoing partner of Melbourne Florida’s Brevard Zoo. April 8, 2022 In only the first quarter of 2022, we have already blown past previous annual impact records, demonstrating the rapid growth of our programs in the field. […]

Guest Report: Conservation through Education and Family Planning

Conservation through Education and Family Planning: Population Matters’ Guest Report 1 APRIL 2022 Between July 2021 and February 2022, Empower to Plan supported Women for Conservation in the provision of environmental education workshops and family planning clinics in biodiversity hotspots of Colombia. Our Empower to Plan Project Coordinator, Catriona Spaven-Donn, visited Women for Conservation over […]

Sara Inés Lara featured as Female Hero of Bird Conservation

Sara Inés Lara featured as Female Hero of Bird Conservation January 25, 2022 We are proud to announce that Women for Conservation’s founder and President, Sara Inés Lara, has been honored with a chapter in the new book Female Heroes of Bird Conservation by Rosemary Low. The book shines a spotlight on over 30 female […]

Progress Update from our Partnership in Nepal

Progress Update from our Partnership in Nepal November 21, 2021 Since 2020, Women for Conservation has been partnering with Birds Nepal in a three-pronged conservation initiative centering around promoting family planning education, environmental education, and ecotourism. This project focuses on providing resources to people in rural areas suffering from high illiteracy and poverty rates, and […]

Sara Inés Lara Recognized as One of 100 Great Latin American Women

  Sara Inés Lara Recognized  as One of 100 Great Latin American Women November 2019 Colombian conservationist Sara Inés Lara was recognized by the oldest children’s magazine in Latin America, Billiken, in a special publication that celebrates the magazine’s centennial and honors women of the continent.   Presented on November 21, 2019, before the Honorable […]

Empowering Women’s Culinary Microbusinesses

Empowering Women’s Culinary Microbusinesses Women for Conservation’s latest sustainable livelihoods success has been empowering women owned microbusinesses in El Dorado.   December 29, 2021 Women for Conservation seeks to promote women’s economic empowerment in ways that mutually benefit rural communities and biodiversity conservation. Earlier this month, we celebrated the graduation of 15 women from our new […]

Pauxi Pauxi Reserve Expansion Saves Rainforest from Destruction

We did it! We Saved Pauxi Pauxi Rainforest from Destruction We are thrilled to announce that we have raised the funds to protect a unique Magdalena Rainforest habitat from destruction! Along with our partner organization ProAves Colombia, we were able to acquire 183 acres of strategic land, which will block a proposed road from cutting […]

Ninfa Honored with IUCN International Ranger Award

Ninfa Honored with IUCN International Ranger Award June 2021 With great pride we congratulate Ninfa Carianil Damaso, first female forest ranger of Fundación ProAves for being one of the winners of the important International Park Rangers Award of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). This […]

Sara Inés Lara recognized at L’Oréal-UNESCO’s “For Women in Science” festival

Sara Inés Lara recognized at L’Oréal-UNESCO’s “For Women in Science” festival December 10, 2021 With the conviction that the world needs science and science needs women, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO held the first edition of the #ForWomenInScience festival, where they invited 40 brilliant female researchers from different parts of the world, including our executive […]

Women for Conservation Sponsors First Female Ranger

Women for Conservation Sponsors First Female Ranger May 2020   Ninfa Estella Carianil now serves as the first female ranger for Fundación ProAves. Women for Conservation supports her in this groundbreaking role. Ninfa’s life changed abruptly with the loss of her son, and then later her husband, José Rufino Mora, in April 2020. Their family […]

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