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1 Women in Europe for a Common Future WECF Moving People for a World in Balance

2 WECF is a network of women´s and environmental organisations in 30 countries

3 Countries with WECF members and activities

4 What are our convictions? We need two eyes to see straight! It´s the same with men and women, we need both their views equally, to achieve a world in balance.

5 Mission Moving People for a World in Balance WECF strives for a Healthy Environment for All. We use women´s potential in balancing environment, health and economy. WECF´s activities are based on its partners individual visions and needs. Therefore WECF implements solutions locally and influences policy internationally.

6 Healthy Environment for All Safe Food production and rural development for All Safe Energy for All Safe Water and Sanitation for All Safe Chemicals for All Goal: By 2020 everyone has access to safe, regional and diverse food, based on fair production in balance with nature Goal: By 2020 everyone has access to safe, affordable and renewable energy Goal: By 2020 everyone has access to safe and affordable water and sanitation and take preventive water protection measures Goal: By 2020 all consumer products are free of hazardous chemicals, and toxic waste is safely eliminated

7 Cross-cutting issues Public Participation and Environmental Rights Poverty and Sustainable Development Gender Safe Food production and rural development for All Safe Energy for All Safe Water and Sanitation for All Health and Environment Safe Chemicals for All

8 WECFs 4 strategies Gender : balanced participation of women and men in policy making and implementation Implementing Solutions, Demonstrating Alternatives Advocacy and Policy Recommendations Capacity Building and Awareness Raising

9 Why Focus on Women? Womens experience and capacities are essential, but their views often under-represented in policy processes. Therefore WECF encourages women to participate in decision making.

10 WECF Guiding Principles No compromise on health Child in Chelyabinsk, Russia suffering from the Mayak nuclear plant accident

11 WECF Guiding Principles From projects to politics, from local to global Public well of Romanian village Prislop Convincing EU-commisioner Wallström about the necessity of the right to safe drinking water for all

12 WECF Guiding Principles Practical, innovative and cost effective solutions Ecological toilets improve health, hygiene and protect drinking water sources

13 WECF Guiding Principles Striving for dialogue; multi-stakeholder facilitation Presenting WECF policy recommendations on sanitation to business and politics at World Water Forum, Mexico

14 WECF Guiding Principles Strengthening local markets and self responsible civil societies Farmers presenting own products under a newly created label for regional food

15 Transfer of knowledge and capacities between East and West WECF Guiding Principles Training visit of Armenian and Ukrainian farmers to Germany

16 WECF Guiding Principles Professionalism and competence Speaking to politicians and press at WHO Health and Environment Conference in Budapest

17 WECFs Roots The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 – a follow-up of the UN report Our Common Future – gathered many enthusiastic and active European women working for sustainable development. During the Earth Summit the representatives from Europe agreed to start a cooperation as a new network organisation: Women in Europe for a Common Future, officially registered in 1994.

18 WECF Vision By 2020, WECF is one of the best networks operating in the pan-European region and with partners worldwide, contributing substantially to achieving a healthy environment for all and a world in balance; balance between economy and environment, health and growth, women and men, current and future generations.

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