ABOUT THE WOMEN’S EARTH & CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK (WECAN) INTERNATIONAL
Mission: The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is a climate justice-based initiative established to unite women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in sustainability solutions, policy advocacy, and worldwide movement building for social and ecologic justice.
WECAN International engages women grassroots activists, Indigenous and business leaders, scientists, policy makers, farmers, academics and culture-shapers in collaboration with the goal of stopping the escalation of climate change and environmental and community degradation, while accelerating the implementation of just climate solutions through women’s empowerment, advocacy at international policy forums, trainings, on-the-ground projects, advocacy campaigns, and political, economic, social and environmental action.
WECAN Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo lead a local reforestation program
Vision: WECAN International was created to accelerate a holistic Global Women’s Earth and Climate Action through the protection and defense of the Earth’s diverse ecosystems and communities.
Our basic relationship with the natural world has been distorted. Humanity is systematically destroying our home and undermining the vital cycles of our living Earth. We are in dire need of a paradigm shift and an upwelling of global action. The window for meaningful action on climate change will not be open for long.
It is internationally recognized that women are critical to implementing climate change and sustainability solutions, however there is a lack of prominent mechanisms or platforms to wield a united effort into a defined movement. WECAN is engaging women's organizations worldwide, from many sectors, to join together and take action. Our strategic focus is strengthening and building the capacity of women’s leadership worldwide as an essential ingredient to solving critical issues of climate mitigation and adaptation, while also transforming and healing our relationship with Nature.
We believe breakthrough alliances are critical at this time. The complexities of the climate crisis require systemic change in how we are living with each other and our Earth. By gathering diverse representation, WECAN International embraces a whole-systems approach to understanding the intricacies of climate change, from the impacts on the natural world to the threats to social justice and survival.
We work ongoingly to organize and support direct actions and mobilizations; on the ground climate solutions projects; frontline community solidarity delegations; educational events and trainings; media and storytelling; and political advocacy. WECAN International carries forth it’s mission using an ‘inside/outside’ strategy – engaging both inside of United Nations climate change negotiations and other global policy forums, and outside on the streets, in the fields and in the forests with the people’s movement for climate justice.
WECAN and allies present a Frontline Women’s Press Conference inside of UN COP21 climate negotiations
Guiding Principles: There is a profound way in which women create an unstoppable force when united together. WECAN International draws inspiration from the power of the Chipko Movement of India, the U.S Women’s Suffrage Movement, the global Rural Women’s movement and the Liberian Women’s Peace Movement, among others. Women around the world are calling for system change, and towards this end we endorse a rights-based approach to climate justice.
WECAN International Guiding Principles for new environmental, social, and economic paradigms
Rights of Women
Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Rights of Nature
Rights of Future Generations
Patricia Gualinga of Sarayaku, Ecuador strategizes with women from over 35 countries during the 2013 Women’s Earth and Climate Summit