Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 17, 2018

UN -- Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate

April 18, 2018: Watch the powerful presentation:

Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate

Dear Friends and Allies,
Please be invited to join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, tomorrow, Wednesday April 18th for 'Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate', a dynamic public forum to be presented in New York City, and online worldwide via Facebook Livestream!

You can find full information about the event
via Facebook Events and the WECAN International webpage

WHAT: Indigenous Women Protecting and Defending Rights, Land and Climate

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18th 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm Eastern Time

WHERE: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York City, NY - AND online via Facebook livestream.

The NYC event is free and open to the public, no registration required, however please RSVP here if possible.

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara; Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network)
Michelle Cook (Diné; human rights lawyer)
Gloria Ushigua (Sápara; President of the Association of Sápara Women, Ecuador)
LaDonna BraveBull Allard (Lakota historian, member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and founder/landowner of Sacred Stone Camp, North Dakota)
Tokata Iron Eyes (Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota from the Standing Rock Reservation; Youth Advisor for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Youth Advisor for Sacred Stone Village; Administrator for Last Real Indians)
Thilmeeza Hussain (Former Deputy Ambassador to the UN from the Maldives; WECAN Advisory Council Member; Founder of Voice of Women, Maldives)
Event moderator, Osprey Orielle Lake (Founder and Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, WECAN International)
ABOUT: As a result of the dangerous intersection of colonialism, racism and patriarchy, Indigenous women around the world are impacted first and worst by the effects of environmental destruction and a rapidly changing climate. However despite all odds and against great challenges, it is these very same Indigenous women who are rising up, challenging the status quo, holding a vision, and taking action to build the vital solutions needed for a just and livable future.

Included in the event discussions will be - resistance efforts from the Standing Rock movement to the Amazon; Indigenous rights and frontline community solutions; divestment from banks due to Indigenous and human rights violations by fossil fuel companies; and women's leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework. Indigenous women leaders from different regions will share stories, concerns, struggles and plans of action for change.

This event is being held in parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues taking place in NYC at this time, with the expressed purpose of ensuring that the vital voices of Indigenous women leaders are heard by the public, media and government representatives during the formal U.N processes.  

We are thrilled to be collaborating with ClimateMama for this event!

Please join us in New York City tomorrow -
OR streaming live via the WECAN International Facebook!
For the Earth and All Generations,

The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network
(WECAN) International Team

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