Women Leading the Way: Mobilizing for an Equitable, Resilient and Thriving Future

Time: 4:00-6:30pm
Location: Room UN2, Barra da Arena
Contact to Osprey Orielle Lake for More Information - View the Flyer
No UN credentials required to attend
Please note the speakers/reception will run until 6:30, even though the UN lists this event ending at 5:30.

Women are at the nexus of a thriving and just global future: they are disproportionately impacted by environmental and economic problems and yet demonstratively central to the most important solutions. In this side event, we will be highlighting women worldwide as innovators and agents of change in mitigating and adapting to climate change and environmental degradation, while also demonstrating a way forward with cross-sector and cross-cultural solutions from the grassroots up.

How will we leverage women’s vital sustainability contributions and climate solutions at speed and scale at the local and global level? How will we further empower a rights-based approach to sustainability and climate change solutions to respect Women’s rights, Indigenous rights and Nature’s rights?

Breakthrough alliances in women’s networks are critical at this time. The complexities of the environmental, economic and climate crises require systemic change in how we are living with each other and our Earth. 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.

This side-event will serve as the official launch for the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI). WECC is the genesis entity for IWECI and is in partnership with its strategic ally and principal partner, eraGlobal Alliance.


Welcome Address: Osprey Orielle Lake and Sally Ranney
Words of Wisdom from the Indigenous Grandmothers: Maria Alice Campos
Freire (Amazon, Brazil), Mona Polacca (Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa USA)
Women’s Leadership Panel with Vandana Shiva and Marina Silva
Conversation with Ted Turner
Song by Ta'Kaiya Blaney
Reception comments from the Honorable Senator Cristovam Buarque

Panelists: Vandana Shiva, Marina Silva, Rose Marie Muraro, Sheyla Juruna,Representative from La Via Campesina with special comments from Vandana Shiva and Marina Silva.
Conversation with Ted Turner

Reception Welcome words: Senator Buarque, Emila Queiroga Barros, Alexandra Rescheke

Event Hosts and Moderators: Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder/President of the Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) and Founder/Co-Director IWECI & Sally Ranney, President eraGlobal Alliance and Co-Director IWECI

The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) is honored to be co-hosting this event with Brazilian partner, Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade (IDS) and USA partner, Pathways to Peace.