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"Internationally, women leaders are at the forefront of a global civil society network working to hold government, international institutions, and the private sector to account for their promises on climate action. Yet despite their willingness to take political and individual action, entrenched inequality between men and women continues to pose a critical obstacle to global efforts to address climate change." - Wangari Maathai

"What climate change means is that we have to do this on a deadline. This time our movement cannot get distracted, divided, burned out or swept away by events. This time we have to succeed." – Naomi Klein

THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S EARTH & CLIMATE INITIATIVE
GLOBAL SUMMIT · ONLINE ACTIONS AND CAMPAIGNS · ON-THE-GROUND TRAININGS



Women’s Empowerment ·Energy Access · Climate Justice · Food Sovereignty · Water Security
Right of Nature · System Change · New Economics · Breakthrough Alliances and Trainings


OUR MISSION:

The International Women’s Earth & Climate Initiative (IWECI)
was created to accelerate a holistic
Global Women’s Earth & Climate Action Movement.

IWECI invites you to participate in its following 2013 initiatives:

  1. The International 100 Women’s Earth & Climate Summit, September 18 – 21, 2013 in New York, USA. The International Summit will bring together 100 global women leaders including grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, culture shapers for 3.5 days to help further a women’s climate action campaign agenda. The participation of women around the world – including you and your friends and colleagues - via live streaming and online interaction is key to the success of the summit.

  2. IWECI Action Campaigns & Solution Trainings inspired by and implemented according to Action Plans that will be produced by the working groups at the IWECI Summit (trainings and campaigns are already underway) You and your organization are central to growing ongoing collaborative campaigns and trainings.

  3. IWECI Online Forums, Campaigns and Project Collaborations to advance long-term cross-cultural, cross-sector, cross-generational and cross-socioeconomic networking and mobilization. Join in and find new partners to advance your work and to leverage our advocacy efforts together.

HOW YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN BE INVOLVED IN IWECI:

  1. Before the Summit: Contribute in advance to the Summit Working Groups through a dynamic online forum beginning in mid-January 2013 when the Summit portal will open. Share your ideas, projects, stories, studies, videos, needs, good practices, recommendations, and innovative solutions. Your voice and expertise are critical!

  2. At the Summit: Join via interactive live-streaming during the plenary sessions for the IWECI 100 Women Summit. You will be able to interact directly online and dialogue with the women leaders at the Summit.

  3. After the Summit: We will implement Action Plans derived from our collaborative deliberations and consultations.


TOGETHER LET’S STRENGTHEN OUR MOVEMENT FOR
GLOBAL WOMEN’S EARTH AND CLIMATE ACTION!

STARTING IN JANUARY, SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE ON THE
UPCOMING IWECI PLATFORM

 

MORE ON THE IWECI SUMMIT:

The IWECI Summit is not a one-time event but rather, the beginning of long-term campaigns and projects to embrace climate solutions and build resilient communities in alliance with many other organizations and projects that are already underway. From promoting local and ecological food and energy models to advocating for a rights based approach to sustainability, IWECI is dedicated to a future where communities thrive and women are empowered. In our work, we recognize common but differentiated responsibilities, and we are building upon models of other movements that were successful in changing the course of history.

Following the IWECI Summit in September 2013, the Summit Outcome Documents and Framework for Action will be used for international strategic planning, advocacy and unified actions and will be presented to Heads of State, local government officials, UN conferences and agencies, and leaders at global conferences such as the Clinton Global Initiative. Your ideas on how to use the agenda for your local, national and regional actions are invited and encouraged!


Most importantly, we need to build this movement together with you!


WHY IWECI, WHY NOW?

It is internationally recognized that women are absolutely critical to implementing climate change and sustainability solutions, yet women need more prominent spaces and mechanisms to marshal their united efforts and involvement into a clear and defined movement. IWECI calls on women's climate and sustainability initiatives worldwide to join efforts and generate this movement. IWECI is developing a Steering Committee and Advisory Council, which include broad geographical representation


The time has come for women around the world to lead the way together before it is too late. This is the clarion call of our time.


The IWECI platform

The goal: To wield a unified voice of women from around the world, mobilized for action.

The International 100 Women Earth & Climate Summit—The result of this gathering will be a series of Action Plans and Trainings generated by the Summit delegates and thousands of women worldwide participating through eight online, ongoing working groups. Part of this work is designed to influence related UN processes and negotiations.
   
arrow Online Forum, Campaign and Projects—This dynamic and interactive platform will serve to facilitate and unify networking, mobilization and education. The forum and action network will disseminate information for solutions and campaigns locally and globally, advancing connections and best practices among change-makers, and will develop Knowledge Centers for information exchange, action strategies, solutions and advocacy.
   
arrow Regional Trainings and Convenings—IWECI is currently in the process of conducting solution trainings. This program and others will be scaled-up following the Summit based upon the existing trainings of IWECI allies and the Summit Action Plans. Diverse trainings relevant to region will address women’s empowerment, water security, food sovereignty, reforestation, community resilience, extreme weather preparedness, green business, new economics, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and tools for advocacy. IWECI will augment the visibility, replicability and scalability of solutions, including Indigenous knowledge and technologies.
   
arrow Local and Global Organizing and Advocacy—The IWECI’s extensive network will provide a multiplier effect of support for targeted campaigns that are focused on issues such as ending fossil fuels subsidies, fracking, and land , forest and water grabs, while promoting women’s rights, renewable energy, seed freedom, local agriculture, rights of nature, new economic structures and carbon fees. Central to this work will be local and international advocacy for mainstreaming gender in climate solutions and finance.
   
arrow Women’s Economic and Purchasing-Power Campaigns—Women control or influence 65% of global consumer spending. IWECI will organize boycotts, carbon-reduction pledges, and “Vote With Your Purse” campaigns to influence consumer and market trends while promoting women business leaders in greening a new economy.
   
arrow Rights of Nature, New Economics, and Reconnection with the Natural World— IWECI will further policies and programs that foster laws recognizing the rights of nature, an essential personal and cultural reconnection with the natural world, and new economic structures and indicators that move us away from endless economic growth models toward those that provide well-being with one another and nature.


IWECI is a project of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC)
and its primary partner, eraGlobal Alliance.

Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder/President of WECC, is Founder/Co-Director of IWECI.
Sally Ranney, Founder of eraGlobal Alliance and President of the American Renewable
Energy Institute (AREI), is Co-Director of IWECI.

Era Global Alliance
 

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
WECAN

 
 
 
 

Rights of Nature

WECC serves as an
International Advocate
for rights of nature

Global Alliance for
the Rights of Nature

WECC was a
contributing author
to the Rio+20
Global Exchange Report
on Right of Nature

Cormac Cullinan and
Osprey Orielle Lake
interviewed by UN Radio
about Rights of Nature

Rights of Nature and
the International
Women's Earth and
Climate Initiative

 
 

Interview on
Go Green Radio
with WECC Founder
and President,
Osprey Orielle Lake
discussing WECC and her award winning book,
Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture
with Nature

 
 
 

"Women are living on the frontlines of climate
change, and are ready
to be active partners in dealing with climate
change. If the international community is serious about addressing climate change,
it must recognize women
as a fundamental part
of the climate solution."
 -Wangari Maathai

 
 
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