Vision & Strategy
Our Mission: Working for a Healthy Environment for All
Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) is an international network of over 150 women’s, environmental and health organisations implementing projects in 40 countries and advocating globally for a healthy environment for all.
Our Overall Goal: Achieving an Equitable and Sustainable Future
We strive for balancing the environment, health and economy, taking the different needs and perspectives of women and men into account. We enable women and men to participate at local and global levels in policy processes for sustainable development. Our network’s activities are based on our partners’ own visions and needs. WECF implements solutions locally and influences policy internationally.
Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) was officially registered as a foundation in 1994 in the Netherlands following an initiative of European women at the Rio 1992 Earth Summit, to work together for sustainable development and to give a voice and organisation to the "Women Major Group" of Rio Agenda 21. WECF's philosophy of enabling local project partners and network members to implement projects together, to share experiences within the network and to learn from each other, soon proved to be successful. Today, WECF's expertise is well-known internationally.
Issues & Projects
Our project work brings safe ecological solutions to local problems in the areas of chemicals, sanitation, energy and food production. Our policy work at national, European, UN and international level brings women’s perspectives to policymakers. WECF works on five key issues:
- Safe Chemicals & Adequate Provision of Health Care for All
- Safe and Sustainable Energy & Climate Protection for All
- Safe Food Production & Sustainable Rural Development for All
- Safe Water and Sustainable Sanitation for All
- Gender Equity in Sustainable Development & Environmental Rights and Public Participation
Sponsors & Donors
WECF is an non-profit, non-governmental organisation, coordinated from the Netherlands, Germany and France. WECF receives donations from foundations, private donors and institutional sponsors.
The WECF Network is a network of 150 member organizations and individual members who share a common concern to promote a healthy environment for all, strengthen the role of women and promote a gender and rights based approach in environment and sustainable development policy and implementation. An International Board of Trustees bears the final responsibility for the strategic and financial
management of the Foundation WECF. The organization maintains three offices (in the Netherlands, Germany and France) with about 40 part-time staff members.
Over the past 15 years, WECF has developed into a fully-fledged network
where capacity building of the member organizations, joint
implementation of demonstration projects, and exchange of experience
have become the basis of reciprocal cooperation. In order to reach its
goals WECF implements projects in partnership with local organizations
in 50 countries. Project partners are usually, but not always, members
of the network, and there exists a clear distinction between membership
(common advocacy) and partnership (joint project implementation). The WECF Activity Map shows the exact location of all WECF projects, members, partners and offices.
There are many ways to get involved in WECF's work. You can become a WECF member, donor or strategic partner. As an individual you can become a Friend of WECF, volunteer, donate and contribute in many other ways to our work and network.