Women in Conservation Leadership Network

Working for gender equality in conservation.

Our aims

The ‘Women in Conservation Leadership Network’ (WICL) aims to support women in conservation leadership as well as those aspiring to these roles. Our two main focus areas are institutional change and personal empowerment.

We recognise that despite many talented women entering conservation, they are still under-represented in senior roles and their voices are not always heard.

Yet there is a growing recognition that greater diversity in groups leads to more positive and enduring outcomes across many different fields. By achieving gender equality and representation of women in conservation leadership we will ultimately have a greater conservation impact.

Although our initial focus has been the Cambridge-based conservation community we aim to inspire and provide resources globally.

How we work

The network is a CCF group, established by decision of the CCF council. As of March 2019 we have over 500 members. We use CCF communications channels and maintain a dedicated mailing list. We aim to be inclusive of everyone’s ideas and aspirations, and membership is open to all.   We hope to provide a collective voice to strengthen ideas and actions that individually might not have traction.

The network is led by a steering group drawn from its members, which takes a role in developing the network’s strategy as well as coordinating activities, mobilising resources, and organising events. The current steering group members are: Helen Anthem, Prerna Bindra, Catriona Corfield, Angelika von Heimendahl, Pippa Heylings, Victoria Price (Communications lead), Bryony Morgan (Co-Chair), Rosie Trevelyan (Co-Chair) and Alice Ward-Francis (Secretary). See the steering group Terms of Reference (ToR) for more details.

Our activities

In 2019, our activities include network meetings which alternate between socials (with invited speakers), and training events. The first of these events has already taken place, with a public speaking workshop held in February 2019. We are also kick-starting our programme on institutional change, with an initial focus on promoting gender equality in conference panels, workshops, committees and boards. A tip sheet on inclusive conferences and panels was launched on International Women’s Day 2019, in line with the event theme “Better for Balance”. We are also encouraging people to sign a pledge to commit not to participate on male-only panels.

Please sign up to our newsletter for information on upcoming events, and see our Strategy 2019 for more details of our current plans. We have also compiled the excellent ideas put forward during the creation of the network, and aim to implement as many of these as possible over time.

We seek funding and partnerships to develop and expand our activities – please contact us if you are able to help.

Getting involved

To become a member, please subscribe to our mailing list through the link below. We welcome your involvement – however formal or informal. You don’t need to be a member of the steering group to take the lead on organising events or projects on behalf of the network. Please just get in touch to let us know more – we’ll see how we can help, including with promotion. You can also join our Facebook group to meet other WICL members, and get the dialogue started.

The steering group meets quarterly in the David Attenborough Building, and is open to people of all genders, and all career stages. We send out periodic calls for new members – look out for these, or send us an email to ask about getting involved. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information, please contact us: 

Email: women.leadership@cambridgeconservationforum.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/209056369299418

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