Empowering Resilient Women & Girls

The CLEO Institute created ‘Empowering Resilient Women and Girls, The Power of WE’ – a program for women and adolescent girls to connect the dots between climate change, health risks, economy, emergency preparedness, and civic engagement.

Women, who in most cases are first responders in crises or decision-makers at home, are more likely than men to be affected by the changing climate. Studies show that women and girls are 14 times more likely than men to die during a disaster and extreme weather events. These gender differences are directly linked to women’s economic and social rights.   However, women and girls are pivotal to addressing this issue successfully. As bread-winners, care givers, and community builders we can be great agents of change.  The opportunity lies in empowering women and girls to be more resilient and provide tools and resources to strengthen their leadership in their communities. 

Together -WE Learn - WE Prepare - WE Act - WE Lead- Workshop Series

Each session is a 2 hour workshop that includes subject matter experts and guest speakers to facilitate meaningful discussions and interaction.

  1. WE Learn: Connect the dots between climate change and how it impacts extreme weather events, public health (i.e. asthma, Zika and pregnancy risks, heat stroke, etc.), sea level rise, flooding and our freshwater supply.

  2. WE Prepare: Emergency preparedness for extreme weather events (i.e. heat waves, hurricanes) with the County’s Emergency Management Office. Readiness kits with solar lamps and guides will be distributed to all participants. Learn the basics of personal finance and how to plan your household budget ahead of these events.

  3. WE Act: Civic engagement workshop. Learn how the government works at city, state and federal level. Know your rights and civic duties.

  4. WE Lead: Leadership skills and mentorship workshop to empower the next generation of leaders. Expose participants to climate jobs and industries such as environmental conservation, STEM, policy, and nonprofit work.

Partners for the workshop include:

  • City of Miami Offices of Resilience, NET and Emergency Management

  • League of Women Voters Miami-Dade Chapter

  • The Women’s Fund Miami

  • Red Cross

  • Local high schools, churches, libraries, and community-based organizations

  • YWCA

Learn how to prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events and how to make change in your community with the power of WE!  

This first workshop series was facilitated in Overtown between July and October 2018.
You can read the summaries of each workshop below:


Aimed at participants 12 years and up.  Dinner and childcare provided.