Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International
The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. For Our Earth and Future Generations A project of Women's Earth and Climate Caucus and its partner eraGlobal Alliance

News from 2018

JOIN OUR TEAM: WECAN Seeking Programs Coordinator

February 18, 2018

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is seeking a part-time Programs Coordinator to join a dynamic team of global women working for climate justice, systemic change and women’s leadership in climate change solutions.  The Programs Coordinator will work remotely, under the guidance of WECAN International’s Executive Director, to contribute to event, campaign and program management; volunteer coordination; and varied support of WECAN Internationals global projects and efforts to support women for climate justice through media and storytelling, international policy forums, on-the-ground projects, advocacy campaigns, direct action, and much more.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Research, planning, management and administrative support for varied WECAN programs, campaigns, and projects.
  • Coordination of the Women Speak research database, including:
    • Managing the global volunteer research/writing team
    • Overseeing and contributing to the final content writing, editing and data management process
    • Outreach to introduce Women Speak to global organizations, universities and other institutions
  • Support for WECAN event planning and volunteer management.
  • Support for WECAN partner and network outreach and relationship building (in collaboration with WECAN Communications Coordinator, as needed).
  • Support for communications regarding campaigns and programs including media and story-telling (in collaboration with WECAN Communications Coordinator, as needed).
  • Other flexible collaboration with WECAN’s Executive Director and Communications Coordinator.

Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Previous work experience with an environmental/climate justice, women’s, human rights or other social justice focused non-profit or NGO organization.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail; ability to juggle many tasks at once.
  • Superb writing and editing skills, and an enjoyment and ease in quick turn around with writing efforts.
  • Developed background in the current climate justice/environmental landscape.
  • Significant knowledge and experience with at least some of the topics and campaigns central to WECAN’s work, including: environmental and climate justice, women’s rights, rights of nature, Indigenous rights, environmental racism, fossil fuel resistance, forest protection, just transition and divestment, and grassroots movement building.
  • Willingness to dedicate personal time to expanding understanding of critical climate justice themes and the WECAN frameworks and focus areas.
  • Enjoyment of working with others and ease with working collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Communications background
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Women of color and women of diverse life experiences are encouraged to apply.

Position Details:


  • This is a part-time position, requiring 15 hours per week (flexible weekly schedule). For special events, weekly hours may be extended to 20 hours per week.
  • This is a remote position which will be carried out from the Coordinators home location. The candidate will need to be located in a time zone conducive to co-working with US Pacific Time.
  • Compensation, to be discussed.
  • Start date is flexible, but ideally as soon as possible in April.
  • Employees are expected to have their own reliable computer and internet access.
  • The Programs Coordinator will be expected to commit a minimum of 1 year to this position, however the ideal candidate is interesting in engaging in the long-term with WECAN International.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis through April 1, 2018.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and reference contact to: emily@wecaninternational.org

PRESS RELEASE - International Organizations Call For Accountability Following Attack On Amazonian Land Defender Patricia Gualinga

February 08, 2018



February 8, 2018


Media Contact:

Emily Arasim - emily@wecaninternational.org; +1.505.920.0153

Moira Birss - moira@amazonwatch.org; +1.510.294.2041


International Organizations Call For Accountability

Following Attack On Amazonian Land Defender Patricia Gualinga


Patricia Gualinga - Photo via Emily Arasim/Women's Earth & Climate Action Network


BAY AREA, California (February 8, 2018) – Following recent death threats and acts of hostile intimidation towards Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, an Indigenous Kichwa leader from Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest - over 50 prominent global organizations and individuals working for human rights, women’s rights, environmental and climate justice, issued a statement of solidarity and a call for accountability.


The collective statement signed by global organizations including Amazon Watch, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Witness, Frontline Defenders, Urgent Action Fund for Women, Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club, and Cultural Survival expresses deep concern regarding the attack targeting Patricia on January 5, 2018, during which an unknown man attacked her home in Puyo, Pastaza province, Ecuador, throwing stones at the windows while yelling death threats against her. The attack broke windows and the assailant yelled directly at Patricia Gualinga and repeatedly threatened her with death.


This attack occurs in the context of the national debate about the future of oil and mining concessions in Ecuador. Amazonian Indigenous women and the affected communities have repeatedly expressed their rejection of these projects, promoted by the government without their free, prior and informed consent.


Global leaders who have added their voice to the letter in solidarity with Patricia also note the growing trend in attacks, murder and intimidation against human rights and Indigenous land defenders worldwide. Last week, Global Witness and The Guardian released new data documenting that at least 197 people were killed in 2017 as a result of their work to protect the land and water, and expose the unjust practices that are threatening the health of their communities.


With these critical points in mind, the statement calls on the Minister of Interior and Ombudsman to implement protection measures to safeguard the integrity of Patricia Gualinga and her family that are in consultation with her and in accordance with her wishes; Urges the Minister of Interior to publicly recognize her legitimate work, and the work of all people who defend rights related to land, territory and the environment; and calls on the Attorney General to promptly and thoroughly investigate the attack, by making the results public and bring the material and intellectual perpetrators to justice.


The statement will be delivered to Ecuadorian government officials including President Lenin Moreno, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Attorney General, to demand an end to impunity in cases of persecution of defenders in the Ecuadorian Amazon such as Patricia.


Gualinga is from Sarayaku, and has helped lead community efforts to protect their ancestral Amazon territory from industrial extraction, including winning a historic case against the Ecuadorian government before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She is recognized nationally and internationally for defending the rights of Indigenous peoples against oil companies, and for amplifying the call to keep fossil fuels in the ground in the Amazon and across the globe.


“If the intent to attack and threaten me was to instill fear to paralyze me, it failed. Following this incident, I am more motivated than ever to stand strong and work to defend the rights and territories of Sarayaku and all of the Amazon threatened by extraction. I’m grateful for the immediate solidarity of Indigenous Amazonian women who are also facing threats, as well as local, national and international allies who are standing with us to demand justice and accountability. We must stand together to protect the Living Forest and Mother Earth for our future generations and all life,” explained Patricia Gualinga following the recent attack.


“Unfortunately, the attack against Patricia is not an isolated incident: threats and harassment of indigenous women leaders occur regularly in Ecuador, as they do against indigenous leaders of all genders. We call particular attention to the cases of Bosco Wisum, José Tendentza and Freddy Taish, assassinated indigenous leaders whose deaths have not been fully investigated by the Ecuadorian justice system. As in the case of Patricia Gualinga, many of the indigenous Earth Defenders who have been attacked in Ecuador have opposed oil, mining, or other natural resource extraction on their territories. Throughout Latin America and around the world, those who defend land rights and nature are targeted with physical violence, intimidation, and criminal prosecution, and Ecuador is no exception,” said Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director of Amazon Watch [full statement from Amazon Watch here]


“The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network refuses to stand idly by while the life of Patricia Gualinga is threatened, and we are demanding accountability and justice for her. Ms. Gualinga’s selfless and dedicated work to prevent oil extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon has and continues to protect immense cultural and ecological diversity, and has inspired hundreds of others around the world to find their own voice to stand for the Earth, climate, forests and their communities. Patricia Gualinga has stood for us all countless times, and today we raise our voices to make clear that she does not stand alone. The international community is watching diligently, and we will not allow for continued impunity in attacks against any land defenders, particularly Indigenous women, who are putting their bodies on the line around the world every day to fight for a livable future for all people,” said Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International


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TOOLKIT - 2018 Women's March, March As Women For Climate Justice

January 12, 2018

We invite women/feminist leaders and allies across the U.S. and around the world to freely use this toolkit to inspire and support your independent organizing to march with ‘Women for Climate Justice’ messaging during January 2018 Women’s March events in your community.

** Click here to DOWNLOAD the 'Women for Climate Justice at the 2018 Women's March' Toolkit **

JOIN OUR TEAM: WECAN Seeking Project Researcher

January 08, 2018

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is seeking a volunteer Project Researcher to join a dynamic team of women working for climate justice, systemic change and women’s leadership in climate change solutions. The Project Researcher will work remotely, under the guidance of the WECAN International Executive Director, to carry out pointed research in various topic areas, with a focus on the ‘WECAN Rising For Fossil Fuel Divestment & A Just Transition’ program. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Confident and thorough research skills
  • Strong note taking and analytical skills
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Great organization and attention to detail
  • Developed background and active interest in several key areas such as climate change, climate justice, women’s rights, social justice
  • Willingness to dedicate personal time to expanding understanding of critical climate justice themes and WECAN frameworks and focus areas
  • Bachelors degree, current university enrollment OR equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in human rights or Indigenous rights
  • Previous experience working with an environmental or social justice focused non-profit organization
  • Diverse backgrounds and life experiences

Position Details:

  • This is a remote, volunteer position which may be carried out independently from any location
  • 6-10 hour per week commitment
  • Researchers are expected to commit a minimum of 5 months, though all researchers involved will be invited to continue to contribute for as long as they wish after the close of their initial research period
  • This is an unpaid position - WECAN is willing to work with institutions/schools to satisfy credit requirements, volunteer hours, etc.
  • Researchers are expected to have their own reliable computer and internet access
  • The start date is flexible, but as soon as possible in February.

**Applications will be accepted through January 30th, 2018.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: emily@wecaninternational.org**