SAFCEI will be hosting an online Regional Women's Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT), 31 August to 2 September 2021.

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We are  calling on women of faith in the region, particularly those in a position of leadership, to join this learning opportunity. Women carry greater burdens from the impacts of climate change, environmental degradation and poverty. Issues of water, land, biodiversity, food, climate, and energy justice will be on the agenda. Practical action will be part of the training.

SAFCEI is bringing together women from across the region to create  a platform for common eco-justice action. (see for more information about the previous FLEAT). Please note that this training will be held online for the first meeting due to COVID 19 restrictions.

Eco-justice advocacy includes:

  • Sharing challenges and inspiring stories with other faith communities to encourage them to take similar actions and share their stories.
  • Campaigning and advocacy on policies that affect faith communities and the environment.
  • Planning for campaigns and local ethical actions in faith communities that demonstrate a way of living that restores rather than destroys nature and human community.

To be part of this training you will need to be able  to allocate your time to dedicate to advocacy work and have  a passion for addressing environmental justice. Please complete the application form and your own letter of motivation, together with a letter of support/recommendation from your faith leader and send it to SAFCEI.

Please note that this introduction meeting will be held online over three mornings, 31 August to 2 September 2021, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. If selected to be part of this training, participants have to make sure that they have a secure Wi-Fi or good cellular (mobile)connection.

Where required data can be provided by SAFCEI.

This workshop will involve a process of sharing and designing an advocacy plan collectively with input from various advocacy specialists. Practical ethical eco-action will be part of the plans created. Refer to the video to see what you can expect from a previous training.

Participants will be able to take experiences from the workshops and apply them in their faith communities between training sessions.

Participants are expected to work together on advocacy actions both in their own countries and in the SADC region and commit to attend six workshops over the next three years.

If you are selected, we will be in touch with further details.

If you have any queries, please contact Zainab Adams at the SAFCEI head office ( Closing dates for applications is 13 August 2021