By Liza Keānuenueokalani Williams & Kristine Zeigler

Planet Women is fostering a new model of leadership, one that embraces power sharing, collaboration, compassion and intuitive wisdom; one that centers women and marginalized voices; and one that seeks to understand and address our history of oppression and colonialism, an unhealed wound that still impacts the way we treat people and nature.

But how do we change the way we do things, you know, the things that happen in our organizations all the time, like meetings?

Take decolonization. Understanding colonialism and creating new visions for the future are one of our goals…

One of my favorite vacation moments: friendly burros free-wheeling through the town of Oatman, AZ.

I am refreshed, recharged, and rested after an epic and Covid-safe road trip with my husband across the Desert Southwest last month. We were fully vaccinated and I wanted to rest my eyeballs on a wide horizon.

But before hopping into our rental car, I was feeling depressed, resentful, cynical, anxious and negative. As the co-founder and CEO of a start-up and a member of the human race trying to stay motivated and on-guard against the highly contagious Covid-19 virus, I was drained. As the numbers of sick, dying, and dead climbed, I wondered if my lack of energy even…

Louise Dusengiyera, a Rwandan coffee farmer who is part of the Kula Fellowship program. (Image courtesy of Kula Project)

Planet Women is partnering with Kula Project and One Tree Planted to support five female entrepreneurs through the Kula Fellowship program. The Kula Fellowship provides coffee industry training, business investment, and life and leadership skills to empower women to build profitable businesses, raise healthy families, and provide an education for their children, while stewarding the environment. Kula Project interviewed the fellows to understand their experience with the program and what they hope to achieve. Below is one woman’s story…meet Louise Dusengiyera.

Today marks exactly one month of continuous protests in Colombia where the people have taken to the streets to call for an end to human rights violations and corruption in the government. Read this first-hand account from a friend on the ground.

Note that this is a written, first-hand account from a protester on the ground. We are withholding their name for their safety.

Why are people protesting?

From the beginning of the “Paro Nacional” or National Strike on April 28th, Colombians across the country have been continuously protesting to speak up against many issues we face, including: political corruption, increased taxes during the pandemic, environmental injustice and human rights violations. The city of Cali has been a symbol of resilience for the entire country and it’s the epicenter of the protests. …

Kahala in Honolulu on Oʻahu, Hawaii, the island where Liza grew up. © Liza K. Williams

As humans, we have inherited this great, big, beautiful, green-blue planet. We are gifted food, sustenance, awe-inspiring beauty, health, regeneration, and much more from our planet’s lands and waters. As the most impactful species on the planet we have been offered the opportunity to learn more about how we fit into the interdependent web that creates all of life. …

Planet Women stands in solidarity against all forms of racism and xenophobia. According to a recent report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, overall hate crimes decreased by 7% in 2020 in the United States. However, hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities increased by a stark 149%. These attacks have included verbal abuse, violence and the vandalization of Asian-owned businesses, especially in the largest U.S. cities. …

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