For Immediate Release

Women Climate Justice Leaders To Speak Out At Public Event During COP23 Climate Talks

Bonn, Germany - In parallel to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 climate talks taking place in Bonn, Germany - women leaders from around the world will advocate for climate action during a public event to be presented by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International in downtown Bonn.

‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Bonn’ will be held Monday, November 13th from 13:00 - 18:00 at the Ameron Hotel Königshof (Adenauerallee 9, 53111 Bonn, Germany).

Livestream video footage will be available via Facebook for media interested in covering this event remotely.

‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Bonn’ will feature extraordinary global 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.

This public event is organized with the conviction that real forward movement toward climate solutions depends on the full and equal participation of women in all stages of decision making and implementation. Through the stories shared by each woman, it will become abundantly clear why the voices of frontline women leaders must be at the forefront of the UNFCCC, and all local, national, and international work to address the climate crisis.

Included in the event will be discussions of vital topics including the intersectionality of gender and environment; Indigenous rights; carbon sequestration in soils; Pacific Islands women’s leadership; protection of Earth and water defenders; and women's leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework.

The voices of frontline, grassroots, Indigenous and other most-impacted women will be heard alongside policy-makers and international advocates.

WHAT: ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Bonn’

WHEN: Monday, November 13th from 13:00 - 18:00

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

WHO: Over 20 incredible global speakers, including…

  • Her Excellency President Hilda Heine - President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Honorable Mary Robinson - President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, former President of Ireland
  • 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
  • Kathy Egland - Katrina evacuee/survivor; NAACP National Board of Directors, Environmental and Climate Justice Committee Chair, United States
  • Sônia Guajajara - Guajajara/Tentehar leader; National Coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples, Brazil
  • Patricia Gualinga - Kichwa leader from the Pueblo of Sarayaku; WECAN COP23 Delegation, Ecuador
  • Leila Salazar Lopez - Executive Director, Amazon Watch, United States
  • Nina Gualinga - Kichwa 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
  • Monica Atkins - Cooperation Jackson; Just Transition Organizer for the Climate Justice Alliance; Representative of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, United States
  • Dorothee Häussermann - Representative of the Ende Gelende Movement, Germany
  • Isabella Zizi - Northern Cheyenne Arikara and Muskogee Creek youth leader with Idle No More SF Bay; Earth Guardians Bay Area; Indigenous Environmental Network COP23 Delegation, United States
  • Varshini Prakash - Organizer with Sunrise; Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network; Representative of SustainUS, United States
  • Osprey Orielle Lake - Founder/Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, United States
  • Representative of Women in Europe for a Common Future
  • Representative of the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency


Full speaker biographies are available here:

Full details for this and other Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network COP23 events available at:


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