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

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Women Leading Solutions on the Frontline of Climate Change - D.C.  April 29th, 2017

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Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights & Communities

New York City, April 26, 2017

 

What: Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights & Communities - New York City

When: April 26th, 2017 from 1:00- 4:00 pm
 
Where: United Nations Church Center - 777 United Nations Plaza #8g, New York, NY 10017
 
What: 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. Included in the topic discussions will be resistance efforts from Standing Rock to the Amazon; Indigenous rights and frontline communities; the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and women’s leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework. Join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, and frontline Indigenous women leaders from countries around the world, as we gather to share stories, concerns, struggles and plans of action for change. This public event will be held in parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening in NYC at this time, with the expressed purpose of ensuring that the vital voices of Indigenous women leaders are heard by the public, media and government representatives during the formal UN processes. We are thrilled to be presenting this event with the collaboration of MADRE and ClimateMama.
 
Who: Speakers to date include...
  • Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca; Ponca Nation Council Woman, WECAN Advisory Council Member, USA)
  • Lucy Mulenkei (Maasai; Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network, Kenya)
  • Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara; Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA)
  • Gloria Ushigua (Sapara; President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador)
  • 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)

Click here to explore full speaker biographies! 

 
Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - D.C.
April 29th, 2017
 
What: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontline of Climate Change - D.C.
 
When: April 29th, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 pm
 
Where: Impact Hub D.C. - 419 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
 
What: Join the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) Internationsl for ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – D.C.’, a dynamic 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 topic discussions will be resistance efforts from Standing Rock to the Amazon; Indigenous rights, environmental racism, and frontline communities; the intersection of gender and environment; and women’s leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework. We are thrilled to be presenting this event with the partnership of Impact Hub D.C.
 
Who: Speakers to date include...
  • Angela Adrar (Executive Director, Climate Justice Alliance)
  • Tara Houska (Anishinaabe Peoples; Tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders)
  • May Boeve (Executive Director, 350.org)
  • Alina Saba (Limbu Peoples, Nepal Policy Center, Nepal)
  • Rhonda Hamilton (Ward 6 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and Buzzard Point Community Leader)
  • Pennie Opal Plant (Indigenous Leader, Founding Member, Idle No More SF Bay, Movement Rights)
  • Leila Salazar Lopez (Executive Director, Amazon Watch)
  • Sally Coxe (President & Co-Founder, Bonobo Conservation Initiative)
  • Cherri Foytlin (Indigenous Leader, State Director, Bold Louisiana)
  • Victoria Barrett (Youth Plantiff, Our Children's Trust)
  • Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director, Women's Earth & Climate Action Network)
 
This event is free and open to the public.