GLOBAL WOMEN'S ASSEMBLY

FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE

September 25 - 30, 2021

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In the context of diverse peoples' movements continuing to organize and rise-up in advance of the UN Climate Talks in Glasgow and other international gatherings over the next critical years, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is organizing the ‘Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Solutions from the Frontlines and the Protection and Defense of Human Rights and Nature’, a free, public forum to take place virtually in September 2021 in parallel to the UN General Assembly.

 

During the Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice, grassroots, Indigenous, Black, Brown, and frontline women leaders, global advocates, and policy-makers will join together in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of multiple interlocking crises, and present the diverse array of visions, projects, policy frameworks and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world. The Assembly is an inclusive space across identities and the gender spectrum.

 

The climate crisis, Covid-19 pandemic, and socio-ecological injustices have emerged from interconnected systems of capitalism, racism, the commodification of nature, colonialism, imperialism, and patriarchy. To confront these deepening crises and accelerate a path forward, we need to have collective coherence to address the protection and defense of human rights and nature, and uphold community-led solutions.

 

Within this struggle, women and feminists must stand at the forefront of policy-making and action. Due to unequal gender norms globally, women are simultaneously the most adversely impacted by climate change and socio-ecological degradation, and yet are indispensable actors and leaders of just and effective solutions.

​Assembly topics will include the intersectionality of gender, racial and environmental justice; Indigenous rights and resistance efforts; the just transition to renewable, regenerative energy; feminist global policy;  women and forest protection and regeneration; fossil fuel resistance campaigns; agro-ecology/farming/soils; environmental racism; feminist care economics and policy agendas; rights of nature; challenging corporate power; and women and feminist leadership across all sectors. The Assembly will call for urgent action within a climate justice framework and produce an online collection of actions, policy frameworks, and solutions presented at the Assembly to be delivered to governments and corporations.

The voices, analysis and leadership of global women leaders is critical as we head into one of the most important climate negotiations since the Paris Climate Agreement, the UN Climate Talks in Glasgow. Please join us for this high-level assembly to learn more about how to get involved in ongoing climate actions and solutions and further clarity on the urgent and necessary work needed to build the resilient and just future we know is possible.

Join the Assembly Team!

Currently, The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is seeking a part -time Virtual Event Coordinator in a contracted position to carry out our upcoming, ‘Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice: Solutions from the Frontlines and the Protection and Defense of Human Rights and Nature’.

 

The Virtual Event Coordinator will work remotely, under the guidance of WECAN International’s Executive Director,  and in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator, to develop, produce, and implement the Assembly, which includes tech production. This is a part-time independent contract position starting in May and running through October 10, 2021. This is a remote position located in the United States, and the Virtual Event Coordinator is expected to have their own reliable computer and  excellent internet access. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 23, 2021. Please learn more about the position and how to apply here.

Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to help in the lead up to the assembly in September. If you are interested, please fill out this form and we will be in touch. Thank you!

Assembly Steering Committee to Date

HONORABLE DR. HILDA HEINE

Honorable Dr. Hilda Heine is a Marshallese educator and politician, who served as the eighth President of the Marshall Islands. Prior to assuming office, she served as the Minister of Education. Heine is the first woman to hold the Presidency of the Marshall Islands, and was also the first female president of any Micronesian country. She was the first individual in the Marshall Islands to earn a doctorate degree, and the founder of the women's rights group Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI).

CASEY CAMP-HORINEK

Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Nation is a community leader, long-time Native rights activist, Environmental Ambassador, actress, and WECAN Board Member and Senior Project Lead. As traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society, Camp-Horinek helps maintain the cultural identity of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma for herself, her family and her community. She has been at the forefront of grassroots community efforts to educate and empower both Native and non-Native community members on environmental and civil rights issues.

RUTH NYAMBURA

Ruth Nyambura is a feminist political ecologist and activist from Kenya working on the intersections of gender, economy and ecological justice. Ruth is a founding member and the convener of the African Ecofeminists Collective and also works with several regional agrarian and climate justice movements to track and challenge the privatization of the agrarian commons. She describes her work and activism that uses a feminist political ecology lens to critically engage with the continent’s and global food systems, challenging neoliberal models of agrarian transformation and amplifying the revolutionary work of small-holder farmers of Africa—the majority of whom are women—as well as rural agrarian movements offering concrete anti-capitalist alternatives to the ecological, economic and democratic crisis facing the continent.

HELENA GUALINGA

Helena Siren Gualinga is a youth social activist, of Kichwa-Indigenous and Swedish origin. She is known for her advocacy for climate and environmental justice. Helena is a WECAN Young Women Project Lead.