April 25, 2017
Communications Coordinator, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network
+1 (505) 920-0153
Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights and Community -
New York City Event April 26, 2017
NEW YORK CITY, New York (April 25, 2017) – Indigenous women around the world are impacted first and worst by the effects of environmental destruction and a rapidly changing climate. Their disproportionate vulnerability is the result of a dangerous intersection of colonialism, racism and patriarchy. However despite all odds and against great challenges, it is these very same Indigenous women who are rising up, challenging the status quo, holding a vision, and taking action to build the vital solutions needed for a just and livable future for everyone.
Press and media are invited to join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network and frontline Indigenous women leaders for ‘Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights and Communities’, a free, public event to be presented in parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
WHAT: Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights and Communities
WHEN: Wednesday April 26th, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
WHERE: United Nations Church Center - 777 United Nations Plaza #8g, New York, NY 10017
WHO: Speakers to date include…
Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca; Ponca Nation Council-Woman, WECAN Advisory Council Member, USA)
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara; Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA)
Lucy Mulenkei (Maasai; Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network, Kenya)
Betty Lyons (Onondaga; President and Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance, USA)
Michelle Cook (Diné; human rights lawyer and founding member of the of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock, USA)
Heather Milton Lightening (Pasqua First Nation, Cree, Anishinabe, Blackfoot and Dakota; Indigenous Tar Sands Campaigner with Polaris Institute, Canada)
Alina Saba (Limbu; Nepal Policy Center, Nepal)
About The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is a solutions-based organization established to engage women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in climate change, climate justice, and sustainability solutions. WECAN International was founded in 2013 as a project of the 501(c)3 Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) organization.