I just found this following random links off the Faerie Con page. Aside from the oddness of going from the indulgent fantasy world of faeries to the serious work of women, I am surprised I haven’t heard about these amazing women and their work before now.
From the website…
On October 11, 2004, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the world–the Arctic Circle, North, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia, arrived at Tibet House’s Menla Mountain Retreat amidst 340 acres of forests, fields and streams in upstate New York. Within a few days of convening, the grandmothers agreed to form a global alliance; to work together to serve both their common goals and their specific local concerns.
The first council gathering was a time of hope and inspiration. The grandmothers are both women of prayer and women of action. Their traditional ways link them with the forces of the earth. Their solidarity with one another creates a web to rebalance the injustices wrought from an imbalanced world; a world disconnected from the fundamental laws of nature and the original teachings based on a respect for all of life.
Take a look at the whole story: http://www.grandmotherscouncil.com/