Women Speak. Women Act. Women Rise – Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network Newsletter October 2017

With every passing day – the impacts of the climate crisis and intertwined social injustices become more acute – from fires, floods and hurricanes; to accelerating biodiversity loss, and cultural and rights violations. However, as the oceans and temperatures rise, so do the women of the world.


With your support, and the solidarity and partnership of many global allies – the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network continues to deepen our response to these critical issues – as we engage and take action in the streets; online with our global community; in the corporate, financial and political halls we seek to transform; and everyday in the hearts and on the lands of our communities.


Explore and share our WECAN International October 2017 newsletter for exciting announcements about the ‘Women Speak’ story-telling database launch; WECAN events at the UNFCCC COP23 in Germany; the recent Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation to Europe; ongoing divestment efforts, and more!



LAUNCHING November 1 – 

Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change



In the face of the hottest temperatures ever recorded, the displacement of millions around the world, and the devastating impacts of environmental degradation on the Earth and our diverse communities – the most pressing story that needs to be heard is that of women on the frontlines of climate change.


On November 1st, WECAN International will launch, ‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change‘ – a web-based research database and initiative designed to shift the narrative and challenge dominant systems of exploitation and oppression of women and the Earth, as we collect and share stories by and about women leading struggles and solutions for climate justice under a variety of cross-sectional themes.


Please join us in sharing news of this exciting initiative as we look towards the launch!


Allies on social media can join us on the launch event page here.


If your group or organization is interested in learning more and supporting this initiative – please contact us here.




In Bonn, Germany – November 2017


With our global allies – this November 6 through 17, 2017, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network will take action and advocate on the ground in Bonn, Germany during the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 Climate Talks.


Please explore our WECAN schedule of events below. Information is also available on the WECAN COP23 webpage – and via Facebook events.

November 13th – PUBLIC EVENT – Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Bonn


Join WECAN on November 13th, 2017 for ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Bonn’, an extraordinary 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. Included in the discussion will be vital topics such as the intersectionality of gender and environment; Indigenous rights; carbon sequestration in soils; protection of Earth and water defenders; and women’s leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework.


Policy-makers and international advocates will speak alongside grassroots, Indigenous and frontline women leaders from around the world. During the event, WECAN will also share our exciting new project, ‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies and Solutions from the Frontlines of Climate Change’.

WHEN: November 13th, 2017 from 13:00 – 18:00

WHERE: Ameron Hotel Königshof (Adenauerallee 9, 53111 Bonn, Germany)

HOW: This event is free and open to the public, NO accredidation required.





  • H.E. President Hilda Heine – President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Noelene Nabulivou – DIVA for Equality; Pacific Partnerships on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Fiji (PPGCCSD); Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), Fiji
  • Ruth Nyambura – African Eco-Feminists Collective; Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Kenya
  • Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner – Climate Change Activist and Poet, Marshall Islands
  • Thilmeeza Hussain – Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives; Climate Wise Women; Voice of Women; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Maldives
  • Jacqueline Patterson – Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program, USA
  • Sônia Guajajara – Guajajara/Tentehar Indigenous leader; National Coordinator of Brazil’s Association of Indigenous Peoples, Brazil
  • Patricia Gualinga – Indigenous Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku; WECAN COP23Delegation, Ecuador
  • Gloria Ushigua – Indigenous leader and President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador
  • Nina Gualinga – Youth leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Ecuador
  • Natalie Isaacs – Founder of One Million Women, Australia
  • Shannon Biggs – Co-Founder and Director of Movement Rights, United States
  • Precious Phiri – Representative of Regeneration International; EarthWisdom, Zimbabwe
  • Dorothee Häussermann – Representative of the Ende Gelende Movement, Germany
  • Monica Atkins – Cooperation Jackson; Just Transition Organizer for the Climate Justice Alliance, United States
  • Varshini Prakash – Representative of SustainUS, United States
  • Osprey Orielle Lake – Founder/Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, United States
  • Honorable Mary Robinson (** to be confirmed) – President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, former President of Ireland
  • Representative of Women in Europe for a Common Future**
  • Representative of the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency 

November 15 – COP23 SIDE EVENT-  Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change

During WECAN’s formal COP23 side event, we will hear from grassroots and Indigenous women leaders addressing climate solutions from a climate justice framework, including forest and biodiversity protection, just transition to 100% renewable energy, agro-ecology implementation, fossil fuel resistance, and rights of nature. Speaker list, to be announced!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 11:30-13:00 

BONN Zone Meeting Room 12 (150), room subject to change