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Island Promoting Resilience through Involvement, Development & Education (Island PRIDE)

Women and LGBTIQ-led youth collective for self-determination in Micronesia

Island Promoting Resilience through Involvement, Development & Education (PRIDE) is a feminist grassroots youth collective initiated by five young Indigenous women who are passionate community mobilizers. Island PRIDE’s vision is to empower and strengthen the resilience of Micronesian communities to respond better to the impacts of climate change. By fusing Indigenous knowledge with other adaptation strategies, Island PRIDE aims to enhance community resilience and promote sustainable development that is self-determined by Micronesian communities. 

Island PRIDE’s work streams are:

  • Climate change education: Island PRIDE uses a bottom-up approach to align climate education with the needs and realities of the community. They organize public discussions on climate change and hold an annual intensive week-long camp for high-school girls called the Girls Climate Action Now (The Girls CAN). The camp focuses on leadership, empowerment, Indigenous knowledge and pathways to combating climate change as future women leaders. Island PRIDE plays a critical role in leading public discussions on the renewable energy transition, especially among young women.
  • Raising awareness on stewardship and tenure rights: Especially because Micronesia’s development is currently being shaped by people from the Global North, Island PRIDE aims to expand critical thinking in the community about the type of  development agenda they want, and their self-determined development agenda. 
  • Political mobilization: Island PRIDE engages with the electoral process by advocating for their demands to candidates running for government offices. For instance, in 2023, it organized a public debate with gubernatorial candidates where Island PRIDE’s young women members asked questions to the candidates to speak to their climate change agenda. This provides a unique learning opportunity for youth and women in Micronesia, and an opportunity to hold their  elected leaders accountable.

Island PRIDE is the only young women and LGBTIQ-led youth collective in Micronesia that actively resists the imposition of externally-led development projects, which they see in opposition to a bottom-up, community-led, self-determined agenda.  The group  succeeded in getting a ban on single use plastics in the state of Chuuk as well as played a crucial role in providing pandemic response for young women in the Federated States of Micronesia.

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