Action and advocacy for divestment of all financing from the companies and institutions funding fossil fuel extraction and other destructive projects around the world is an effective, tangible, and ever-strengthening strategy for resistance and Earth and community protection being used by people’s movements worldwide. In the context of the global Fossil Fuel Divestment movement, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network is working to ensure that Indigenous and frontline women have the opportunity to speak for themselves directly to the institutions, governments and policy makers that are impacting their communities and territories.
WECAN International offers digital trainings and on-the-ground regional climate solutions trainings in Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa, and DR Congo. Our perspective includes a unique, holistic overview of both the global climate crisis and local climate solutions. Trainings are designed region by region in collaboration with local grassroots leaders and organizations to support the empowerment of women as key stakeholders in climate change and the implementation of sustainable solutions.
Join WECAN and global women leaders for a series of free online Education and Advocacy Trainings covering a wide range of critical themes including women for 100% renewable energy, health and climate change, community rights and Rights of Nature, and frontline women's solutions.
Since the organizations founding, WECAN International has been participating both within and outside of the UNFCCC climate conferences to advocate for climate justice, gender equality, Indigenous rights, rights of nature and meaningful, bold action on climate change. Explore this page for selected highlights from the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network’s recent work at the UNFCCC.
In an effort to increase visibility and advocacy efforts for community climate struggles and their women leaders, and to facilitate deep solidarity between worldwide women, WECAN has developed a Delegation program. Through the Delegation program, WECAN team members and allies visit frontline communities to bear witness to their struggles and solutions, create media opportunities for awareness building and help develop cross-sectoral strategies for advocacy and climate justice.
WECAN is involved in ongoing distribution of two of the most relevant documents developed by the Network: the WECAN Women's Climate Declaration and the Women’s Climate Action Agenda. The Women’s Climate Action Agenda serves as the core of WECAN advocacy work and is used as a powerful tool for advocacy within United Nations climate negotiations, and in grassroots women's climate justice organizing. Signatures for the Women's Climate Declaration have been collected worldwide and the Declaration is available to read, sign and share in English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Italian.
From the Amazon Rainforest to the Canadian tar sands, from the DR Congo to Morrocco and across the US - WECAN women are standing up, raising their voices and taking direct action for climate justice and solutions.
Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring of the inalienable rights of the Earth. Legal systems built on the premise of Rights of Nature change the status of natural communities and ecosystems from being regarded as property under the law to being recognized as rights-bearing entities. WECAN works closely with allies including the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature to advance this vital framework as a key climate solution through trainings, tribunals and other educational and movement building initiatives.
The Women for Forests and Fossil Fuel/Mining/Mega-dam Resistance Program focuses on forest protection in the Amazon, the Canadian boreal forest and the Congo Basin rainforest, working with local, grassroots and Indigenous women leaders to protect, defend and restore the vital ecologic and social systems encompassed in global forests.
Womens voices have been systemically excluded from government decision-making and international press. For just and effective climate solutions, women's voices must be brought to the forefront. WECAN is working to change the narrative by bringing the voices of women for climate justice into the media, and providing women with the tools to make their own stories, struggle and solutions known across the globe.
Connect with women leaders from around the world, share ideas, projects, sustainable businesses, research, and campaigns and discuss solutions to climate change and sustainability as well as cross-pollinate collaborative ideas from different sectors. Participants can contribute to and experience an international movement of women determined to make real progress on climate change and ecological sustainability.
The International Women's Earth & Climate Summit was held on September 20 – 23, 2013 in New York. The Summit brought together 100 global women leaders including grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, culture shapers for 3.5 days to help further a women’s climate action agenda.
Learn more about WECAN and WECC's past projects and programs, including:
- United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit event
- Women of the Land Speak
- Engaged Donors for Global Equity Alliance Conference
- WECC Resilient Communities and Rights of Nature Trainings
- International Women’s Earth & Climate Summit