WECAN ACTIONS & EVENTS AT THE UNFCCC COP23 CLIMATE TALKS, GERMANY 2017
WECAN COP22 side event speakers stand together in solidarity and action - Photo by Emily Arasim/WECAN
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network strives to raise up women’s leadership in climate change solutions through direct action initiatives, trainings, on-the-ground solutions and grassroots organizing - as well as through advocacy work within global policy forums.
Since the organization's founding, WECAN International has been participating yearly both within and outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - to advocate for climate justice, gender equality, Indigenous rights, rights of nature and meaningful, bold action on climate change.
Join us at the UNFCCC COP23 climate talks in Bonn, Germany - November 6 - 17th, 2017 - event details below!
Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network Events
November 13 - PUBLIC EVENT -
Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Bonn
One of four panels and several keynotes presented during WECAN's 2016 COP22 public event in Marrakech, Morocco
Join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International on November 13th, 2017 for ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Bonn’, 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 public 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 the intersectionality of gender and environment; Indigenous rights; carbon sequestration in soils; protection of Earth and water defenders; 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.
Monday November 13th, 2017 from 13:00 – 18:00
Hotel Königshof (AMERON) (Adenauerallee 9, 53111 Bonn, Germany)
This event is free and open to the public, no accreditation required
- Her Excellency President Hilda Heine - President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Honorable Mary Robinson - President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, former President of Ireland
- Bianca Jagger - President and CEO, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation; Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador
- Noelene Nabulivou - DIVA for Equality; Pacific Partnerships on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Fiji (PPGCCSD); Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), Fiji
- Ruth Nyambura - African Eco-Feminists Collective, Kenya
- Kathy Jetnil–Kijiner - Climate Change Activist and Poet, Marshall Islands
- Thilmeeza Hussain - Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives; Climate Wise Women; Voice of Women; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Maldives
- Kathy Egland - Katrina evacuee/survivor; NAACP National Board of Directors, Environmental and Climate Justice Committee Chair, United States
- Sônia Guajajara - Guajajara/Tentehar leader; National Coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples, Brazil
- Patricia Gualinga - Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador
- Leila Salazar Lopez - Executive Director, Amazon Watch, United States
- Nina Gualinga - Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador
- Kalyani Raj - All India Women's Conference (AIWC); Representative of the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency, India
- Shannon Biggs - Co-Founder and Director of Movement Rights, United States
- Precious Phiri - Representative of Regeneration International; EarthWisdom, Zimbabwe
- Monica Atkins - Cooperation Jackson; Just Transition Organizer for the Climate Justice Alliance Our Power Campaign; Representative of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, United States
- Dorothee Häussermann - Representative of the Ende Gelende Movement, Germany
- Isabella Zizi - Northern Cheyenne Arikara and Muskogee Creek youth leader with Idle No More SF Bay; Earth Guardians Bay Area, United States
- Varshini Prakash - Organizer with Sunrise; Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network; Representative of SustainUS, United States
- Constance Okollet - Chairperson of Osukuru United Women’s Network; Representative of Climate Wise Women, Uganda
- Osprey Orielle Lake - Founder/Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, United States
- Representative of Women in Europe for a Common Future*
November 15 - COP23 SIDE EVENT-
Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
Patricia Gualinga of Sarayaku, Ecuador speaks out on Amazonian oil extraction during a WECAN COP21, Paris event
During WECAN’s formal COP23 side event, we will hear from grassroots and Indigenous women leaders addressing climate solutions from a climate justice framework, including forest and biodiversity protection, just transition to 100% renewable energy, agro-ecology implementation, fossil fuel resistance, and rights of nature.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 11:30-13:00
BONN Zone Meeting Room 12
FEATURING (speakers to date, more to be announced): Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku, Ecuador); Nina Gualinga (Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku. Ecuador); Leila Salazar Lopez (Executive Director, Amazon Watch, United States, translating for Patricia Gualinga); Precious Phiri (Representative of Regeneration International; EarthWisdom, Zimbabwe); Heather Milton Lightening (Treaty Four Territory, Pasqua First Nation; Representative of Indigenous Climate Action, Canada); Thilmeeza Hussain (Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives; Climate Wise Women; Voice of Women; WECAN Advisory Council, Maldives); India Logan Riley (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga People's, Te Ara Whatu Aotearoa/New Zealand Youth Delegation member from Hawke's Bay, New Zealand)); and Osprey Orielle Lake (Founder/Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, United States)
November 15 - COP23 PRESS CONFERENCE - Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
Wednesday, Novemeber 15, 2017 from 15:30 - 16:00
Press Conference Room 2 Theatre | BULA Zone 3
FEATURING (speakers to date, more to be announced): Thilmeeza Hussain (Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives, Climate Wise Women, Voice of Women, Maldives); Maria Nailevu (DIVA for Equality, Fiji); Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Ecuador ); Leila Salazar Lopez (Amazon Watch, United States); Heather Milton Lightening (Treaty Four Territory, Pasqua First Nation; Representative of Indigenous Climate Action, Canada); Constance Okollet (Chairperson of Osukuru United Women’s Network; Representative of Climate Wise Women, Uganda); and Osprey Orielle Lake (Women's Earth and Climate Action Network United States).
November 1 - GLOBAL LAUNCH - Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change
On November 1, 2017 - the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network launched ‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change’.
‘Women Speak’ is a web-based research database and initiative designed to shift the narrative and challenge dominant systems of exploitation and oppression of women and the Earth, as we collect and share stories by and about women leading struggles and solutions for climate justice under a variety of cross-sectional themes. The goal is to create an accessible and ever-growing source of information, research and multimedia storytelling for frontline Earth defenders, policymakers, journalists, activists, educators, students, and all those seeking to understand and demonstrate why and how women are paramount to just action on climate change, and the defense and protection of the web of life itself.
In lead-up to Bonn COP23 and throughout the 2 weeks of the climate talks, WECAN will highlighting the launch of ‘Women Speak’ through all events and media engagements - leveraging the platform as a critical tool to affect policy and socio-ecological changes
Key Actions & Events With Our Allies -
November 6th - Global Release of Rights of Nature Report
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Movements Rights and Indigenous Environmental Network are pleased to release a new report, 'Rights of Nature and Mother Earth: Rights-Based Law for Systemic Change'. Click here to download the full report.
Nov. 7th and 8th - International Rights of Nature Tribunal with the
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
WECAN is co-organizing this and other Rights of Nature events as a member of the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.
Women educators and advocates of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku, Ecuador lead the opening of the 2015 International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Paris, France
Join us for the 4th International Rights of Nature Tribunal - a unique, citizen-created initiative which gives people from around the world the opportunity to testify publicly on destruction of the Earth and their communities, while advancing an alternative legal framework for justice, and living in harmony with the world and each other. The Tribunal will feature internationally renowned lawyers and leaders for planetary justice, who will hear cases addressing issues such as climate change, GMOs, fracking, mega dams and other environmental violations, and offered judgments and recommendations for the Earth’s protection based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Osprey Orielle Lake of WECAN will serve as a judge in this year’s tribunal.
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 7th and 8th, 2017
LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn
More information and a registration page here.
November 9 - COP23 PRESS CONFERENCE - Report Back from the Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn: Foundations for Systemic Change in Climate Solutions
Diverse organizational and frontline leaders from the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will hold a formal COP23 press conference, ‘Report back from the Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn: Foundations for Systemic Change in Climate Solutions’. WECAN Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake, will present. More details, to be announced.
Thursday November 9, 2017 from 15:00 - 15:30
Press Conference Room 2 Theatre | BULA Zone 3