Women Rising For Climate Justice Into The New Year – WECAN Update December 2017

WECAN marches with Women for Climate Justice during the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. WECAN also raised our voices in D.C. in 2017 as part of the Women’s March on Washington –

Photo via Emily Arasim/WECAN International

Dear Friends and Allies,

As 2017 comes to a close, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) team expresses our deepest appreciation for the multitude of ways in which you have supported our work together this year, be it through engagement in online trainings, global and local events and actions, social media sharing, or advocacy and organizing in your own community.


Together this year, we have worked with great strength and solidarity to expose and resist continued violations of the Earth and people worldwide, and to demonstrate that women around the world are not waiting on governments or stagnant systems. Rather, women are rising despite the myriad of injustices and daily climate impacts they face, to build solutions that center Earth’s needs, Women’s rights, Indigenous rights, Nature’s rights, and the visions and demands of frontline and most-impacted communities.


Today, we ask all who can to consider giving an end-of-year donation in support of WECAN International’s ever-growing work to bring women’s voices and strategies to the forefront of all action for climate justice and solutions.


Please click here to donate to the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network


Over the course of 2017, WECAN International engaged in many emergency response actions to confront the abuses of the U.S. Trump Administration, including organizing at the Women’s March on Washington, and in the streets during events throughout the year to challenge racism, bigotry, climate denial and violations against women.


With global allies, we continued our fierce response and opposition to fossil fuel projects, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, Keystone XL, and others that are directly threatening Indigenous rights and sovereignty, human rights, and the Earth. We also launched WECAN’s divestment programming, which includes DIVEST, INVEST, PROTECT – a critical, intersectional and Indigenous-led international campaign. In collaboration, and with the directive of Indigenous women leaders, WECAN organized and facilitated two intensive Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations to Europe in Spring and Autumn 2017, during which leaders engaged in impactful advocacy and met face-to-face to demand accountability and action from the banks and institutions violating their rights, homelands and the climate.


As a part of the WECAN Women for Forests program, women in the Democratic Republic of Congo involved in the joint WECAN/SAFECO initiative planted thousands more trees in 2017, and made important advances in their work to uplift women’s leadership and traditional ecological knowledge, and to protect the Itombwe ecosystem of forests and communities from continued logging and mining. Strategy building, advocacy, and

collaboration with allies working to stop old growth logging in the Tongass Rainforest in southeast Alaska continues, with accelerations in advocacy expected throughout 2018. WECAN also continues forward with partnerships with Indigenous women of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, as they continue their long-standing efforts to stop oil extraction in their territories and enact their Living Forest proposal.

In November, it was our great honor to work with an extraordinary team of global women to launch the ‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change‘ research and storytelling database, designed to shift the narrative and to challenge dominant systems of exploitation and oppression of women and the Earth, through the compilation and sharing of thousands of stories by and about women leading struggles and solutions for climate justice under a variety of cross-sectional themes.


Thank you to community members who joined us at events in San Francisco, Oakland, Washington DCNew York City, Oslo, Zurich, and Munich; in Bonn, Germany during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23; and during WECAN webinars and network calls, which united allies from countries worldwide!


A few photo highlights from our year together are shared below – as we look forward to a 2018 full of action to unite women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in sustainability solutions, policy advocacy, and worldwide movement building for social and ecologic justice.


To strengthen and grow our programs and work in these urgent times, we need your continued support. Thank you for giving a gift today, in solidarity with WECAN and the world of global women for climate justice!


Other ways to give include inviting your friends, family and colleagues to join WECAN on social media, and exploring and sharing the Women Speak database!