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Nobel Laureate Jody Williams to Present at Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change
MILL VALLEY, Calif., September 16, 2014 - In an effort to accelerate momentum prior to the U.N. Climate Summit in New York next week, women leaders from across the globe will present their world views on the role of women in addressing climate change.
These views will be presented at the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International's "Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change" event, which will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2014 at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.
Among the list of presenters is Jody Williams, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work toward the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines. She also established the Nobel Women's Initiative in 2006, and remains a renowned political activist for her work in the defense of human rights, and particularly those of women.
Williams will be joined by presenters including: Patricia Gualinga, Kichwa leader Sarayaku, Ecuador; Crystal Lameman, Beaver Creek First Nations, Sierra Club Canada; Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation, Indigenous Environmental Network; Angelia Galiteva, 100% Renewables Policy Institute; Dr. Fatimata Diop, UNDESERT Senegal; Sally Ranney and Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN International.
The event will engage these and other women in a discussion on the global activities and policies that threaten the Earth and its people, and the diverse array of visions with which they are shaping a just and sustainable world.
"Women are standing together to say enough is enough and to accelerate systemic change and the transition to a clean, just, decentralized and sustainable future," said Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder and executive director of WECAN International, "We are standing together to advocate for the rights of our communities and nature."
According to Lake, breakthrough alliances in women's networks like WECAN International are critical at this time, with the complexities of the environmental, economic and climate crises requiring systemic change in how we are living with each other, and our planet.
"This change will only be achieved through full representation of women in decision-making processes, deploying necessary resources for women, and developing a comprehensive women's network to aid in implementing economic and environmental solutions," said Lake.
In addition to providing a platform for strategizing on immediate actions and implementable solutions around climate change, the event will also serve as a forum to present WECAN International's Women's Climate Action Agenda, which was officially released this Sept. 9.
More information and registration details for this event can be found by visiting wecaninternational.org
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The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is a 501(c)3 and solutions-based organization established to engage women worldwide in policy advocacy, on-the-ground projects, direct action, trainings, and movement building for global climate justice.