Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International
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WECAN International at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22 - Morocco

Neema Namandu (WECAN DR Congo Coordinator and Founder of SAFECO) presents during COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, 2015. Also pictured: Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation Council Woman and WECAN Special Projects Advisor) and Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN International Executive Director) -        Photo by Emily Arasim

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International will be on the ground in Marrakesh, Morocco with a WECAN Delegation this November and December for the 2016 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP22 climate talks.

As a global network of women for climate justice, WECAN International is committed to bringing the voices of grassroots, frontline and Indigenous women community and Earth defenders into such spaces to share their struggles, experiences and solutions and to demonstrate resistance to false solutions to the climate crisis, while offering clear directives for a just and safe energy transition.

Building upon WECAN International’s work done in conjunction with UNFCCC climate talks and negotiations since 2010, we will participate both within and outside of the UNFCCC climate conference to advocate for climate justice, gender equality, Indigenous rights, rights of nature and meaningful, bold action on climate change, with grassroots, Indigenous and frontline women leaders at the forefront of policy and decision making.

Public Events and Actions during COP22- Morrocco

  • Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Marrakech

Join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network on November 14th for ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Morocco’, an extraordinary gathering with worldwide women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world.

This event is organized with the conviction that real forward movement towards climate justice depends on the full and equal participation of women in all stages of decision making and implementation, and that real change will come from women mobilizing and taking action at the local, national, and international level. Women have always been on the frontlines, now it is time for them to be at the forefront.

Included in the discussion will be vital topics such as Indigenous rights; the intersectionality of gender and environment; and women’s leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework.

Policy makers and international advocates will speak alongside grassroots, Indigenous and frontline women leaders from around the world – with a focus on the stories and solutions of women of the Middle East region and African continent.

Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Marrakech

November 14th, 2016 from 13-18:00

Kenzi Farah Hotel (Avenue du Président Kennedy, Hivernage District, Marrakech 40000, Morocco)

Public event, no UN accreditation required

French – English translation provided

Click here to register

**Click here to view full speaker biographies**

Speakers to date include: 

- Her Excellency Hilda C. Heine - President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

- Honorable Mary Robinson - Mary Robinson Foundation: Climate Justice; Former President of Ireland

- Neema Namadamu - SAFECO; Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Democratic Republic of Congo 

-  Rachida Outouchki - Amazigh Representative of the High Atlas Foundation, Morocco

-  Amina El Hajjami - Amazigh Representative of the High Atlas Foundation, Morocco

- Ruth Nyambura - African Eco-Feminists Collective; No REDD in Africa Network; Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Kenya

- Alicia Cahuiya - Pueblo Huaorani, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador

- Simone Lovera - Global Forest Coalition, Paraguay

- Diana Lopez -  Southwest Workers’ Union; Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, USA

- Jacqui Patterson - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program, USA

- Thilmeeza Hussain - Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives; Climate Wise Women; Voice of Women, Maldives

- Kalyani Raj - UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency Representative, India

- Nicole Oliveira - 350.org Latin America, Brasil

Natalie Isaacs - One Million Women, Australia

- Diana Donlon - Center for Food Safety, USA

- Cecilia Flores, Abya Yala Women Messengers, Pueblo Aymara, Chile

- Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner Climate Change Activist / Poet, Marshall Islands

- Kayla DeVault - Shawnee/Anishinaabe Peoples, SustainUS Delegation, the Diné Policy Institute, USA

- Osprey Orielle Lake - Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, USA

- Yamna Oulamine and Nejma Ait Mansour - traditional Amazigh singers to open the event

**Click here to view full speaker biographies**

  • International Climate March

Sunday November 13th

14:00 at the El Harti Stadium

WECAN will be marching with our delegation - join us!

 

  • Implementing Rights of Nature: Foundation for Systemic Change

November 16th from 9:00 - 11:00

Autonomous Zone Amphitheater, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Cadi Ayyad University

Recognizing Rights of Nature is a ground breaking new legal structure that fundamentally changes the legal standing of ecosystems. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, Rights of Nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. Is fracking a violation of the rights of nature? What about polluting the atmosphere, mountaintop removal, or mega-dams? In recent years the power of the global movement for Rights of Nature – recognizing legal standing for ecosystems – has been growing quickly, partly due to the popularity of local and international Rights of Nature tribunals. Join this Rights of Nature session to explore this campaign to stop the commodification of nature and the creation of a new earth jurisprudence.

Events and Actions Inside of the UNFCCC COP22 – Morocco

  • Press Conference #1 - Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change

November 16th from 15:00 - 15:30

COP22 Blue Zone, Press Conference Room Dakhla

Speakers to date include:

Thilmeeza Hussain - Voice of Women Maldives; Climate Wise Women, Maldives

- Neema Namadamu - SAFECO; Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Democratic Republic of Congo

- Ruth Nyambura - African Eco-Feminists Collective; No REDD in Africa Network; Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Kenya

- Marta Ventura - Mayan Peoples, Abya Yala Women Messengers, Guatemala

- Osprey Orielle Lake - Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, USA

 

  • Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change

November 16, 2016 from 16:45 - 18:15

Bering (former Observer Room 10), COP22 Blue Zone

Speakers to date include:

- Thilmeeza Hussain - Voice of Women Maldives; Climate Wise Women, Maldives

- Neema Namadamu - SAFECO; Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Democratic Republic of Congo

- Marta Ventura - Mayan Peoples, Abya Yala Women Messengers, Guatemala

- Cecilia Flores - Abya Yala Women Messengers, Aymara, Chile

- Precious Phiri - Regeneration International; EarthWisdom, Zimbabwe

- Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie Anishinaabe  Peoples from Sagkeeng First Nation; Red Rising Magazine; University of Winnipeg Students' Association (UWSA), Canada

- Carmen Capriles - Reaccion Climatica, Bolivia

- Osprey Orielle Lake - Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, USA

Thilmeeza Hussain of Climate Wise Women and Voice of Women Maldives speaks at a WECAN event in 2015.

 

  • Press Conference #2 - Indigenous Rights and Rights of Nature: Foundations for Systemic Change in Climate Solutions

November 17th from 10:30 - 11:00

COP22 Blue Zone, Press Conference Room DakhlaAccredidation required

 

  • Solidarity Action with Standing Rock , Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance

November 17th

Location and time inside COP22 Blue Zone TBD

WECAN is honored to support this action led by Indigenous allies

Click to read a recent WECAN article and learn more about this urgent moment at Standing Rock

Global women allies speak out at a WECAN event inside of COP21 Paris - Photo by Emily Arasim

 

Women Act for Climate Justice – Ten Days of Global Mobilization (international decentralized action – participate from your home region!)

This October 28 - November 6, 2016, join diverse women and girls around the world in organizing together to show our resistance to environmental and social degradation; highlight the climate impacts our communities are facing; and demonstrate the many effective, just and safe climate solutions, strategies and political calls that are being implemented by women and girls around the world on a daily basis.

‘Women Act for Climate Justice: Ten Days of Global Mobilization’ is a worldwide call for women and girls to bring light to their climate struggles and solutions by sending in photos and statements; or through escalated actions including but not limited to educational events, community projects, protests and marches.

The 2016 ‘Women Act for Climate Justice’ campaign is being called in advance of the November 2016 COP22 Conference, and intended to show our collective actions and voices in the lead up to COP22, but also far beyond the UNFCCC.

Join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice and hundreds of global allies as we stand together in resistance, strength and hope. Click here to learn more about how to take action this October 28-November 6, 2016.