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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Join WECAN for 'Women for Forests' online April 4, 2018

Dear Friends and Allies,
Please be invited to join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network  for 'Women For Forests', a free, online WECAN Education and Advocacy Training, to be presented this Wednesday April 4th, 2018 
at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET (call-in details below).

During the training, outstanding presenters from the Philippines, Ecuador, the Democratic Republic of Congo and different regions in the USA, will share powerful testimonies, struggles, and solutions from their work internationally and in their home regions - as well as ideas for how you can take action as a forest protector.


Wanda Culp (Indigenous Tlingit artist and forest defender of Alaska, and WECAN Tongass Coordinator, USA)

Mary Lou Malig (Global Forest Coalition, Campaigns and Communications Coordinator and Researcher, the Philippines)

Nina Gualinga (Indigenous Kichwa leader from the community of Sarayaku, Ecuador)

Neema Namadamu (Founder of Hero Women Rising, SAFECO, and WECAN Democratic Republic of Congo Coordinator, DR Congo)

Clare Dubois (Founder of TreeSisters, USA)

Ayana Young (Restoration ecologist and Founder of For The Wild, USA)

Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of WECAN International, USA) - Moderator

HOW: This event is free and open to all worldwide. To join, please use the instructions below to dial in by phone, or download the free Zoom application and join via internet.

Option A - Join via your internet connection:
OR Option B - Join by phone: 

Through their work, they are protecting and restoring irreplaceable biodiversity and the sources of community life and livelihoods - while also spearheading efforts that sequester massive amounts of carbon, and thus help mitigate against the worst effects of global climate change.

During the 'Women For Forests' training, we will explore various topics including - the link between forests and climate change; the need to defend women's land rights as a forest protection strategy; inspiring examples of women planting trees and regenerating damaged lands from Indonesia to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and stories and lessons from Indigenous women's work to stand for global forests, including the Sarayaku Living Forest Proposal from the Ecuadorian Amazon.
As part of our commitment to a climate justice framework, this training will not promote any of the false solutions often associated with climate-forest programs, including carbon offsets and other market mechanisms. Rather, speakers will focus on the grassroots, community-driven, and rights-based strategies and solutions being demonstrated by women around the world.
Updates From Indigenous Women 
Forest Defenders In The Ecuadorian Amazon 
The strong coalition of Indigenous women leaders from across the Amazon Rainforest region of Ecuador, who are standing for the forest, and opposing oil extraction and violations of their rights, was recently granted their meeting with the president of Ecuador, after holding a large International Women's Day march, traveling long distances from their communities, and stationing themselves outside of the presidential palace for five days demanding their right to be heard.

During their meeting, the women leaders presented the president with a list of collective demands to stop oil extraction and rights abuses - and have promised to return to Quito in the coming weeks if they do not receive a sufficient reply.

To learn more, JOIN the April 4th 'Women For Forests' online training -during which we will hear from Nina Gualinga, prominent leader from the Kichwa Pueblo of Sarayaku, surrounding her experiences, and the latest updates and calls for action from on the ground in Ecuador.

More information is also available via the GuardianTeleSur, and WECAN live-stream videos from the march and subsequent days of action.
For the Earth and All Generations,
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network 
(WECAN) International Team

Massacre at Gaza's Borders: We Will Not Be Silent - End Israeli Impunity


Massacre at Gaza's Borders: We Will Not Be Silent - End Israeli Impunity

Agence Media Palestine (France)
On Land Day, March 30, thousands of peaceful, hopeful and unarmed Palestinian women, men and children gathered at the borders of Gaza for the Great March of Return. Initial reports indicate that at least 16 Palestinian people have been killed, and more than 1,400 were injured as a result of the Israeli Occupation Forces firing into crowds with live ammunition and tear gas.
This peaceful, non-partisan event occurs yearly on March 30 to highlight an injustice that Palestinians experience every day: the loss of their land to an illegal, colonial occupation.  In the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, Palestinians non-violently placed their bodies on their own land in an attempt to correct a grave injustice and were met with sniper fire.
The International Coordinating Committee for the Great Return March called on all Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, 1948-occupied Palestine and the diaspora to take part in the event, which marked the 42nd anniversary of Palestine Land Day.

"We did not come to fight, but to return to our country"  

Oren Ziv
In UN Resolution 194 (1949), The United Nations General Assembly clearly resolved that "refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date."
Palestinian civil society plans to continue its peaceful actions each day, until May 15, the day Palestinians mourn the Nakba (Catastrophe) and the day that the US Government plans to move its embassy to Al-Quds/Jerusalem.
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition, made up of civil society organizations in 14 countries, condemns the Israeli Government's slaughter of Palestinian people, who were exercising their legal right of protest to be free of illegal occupation, and the universal right of freedom of movement. Once again the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have shown their disregard for human life: they must not be allowed to do so with impunity. Those responsible for these war crimes must face justice.
Call your elected officials and DEMAND that they object vigorously to these unjustifiable killings. Call for IOF snipers and those who gave them their orders to be held responsible internationally. Demand that Israel respect the freedom of movement of all Palestinians.
It is important to name those killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces on Friday. They are not anonymous "casualty figures", they are young people with family and friends, people who had a future, but put it on the line for Palestine and for freedom of movement. We encourage you to remember the following names when you contact politicians demanding action.
Naji Abu Hajir - 25 years old
Mohammed Kamal Al-Najjar
Wahid Nasrallah Abu Samour - 27 years old
Amin Mansour Abu Muammar
Mohammed Naeem Abu Amr
Ahmed Ibrahim Ashour Odeh - 16 years old
Jihad Ahmed Fraina
Mahmoud Saadi Rahmi
Abdel Fattah Abdel Nabi - 18 years old
Ibrahim Salah Abu Shaar - 22 years old
Abd al-Qader Marhi al-Hawajri - 25 years old
Sari Walid Abu Odeh
Hamdan Ismail Abu Amsha
Jihad Zuhair Abu Jamous - 30 years old
Bader al-Sabbagh - 22 years old
Mus' ab Zuhair Essaloul - 23 years old
The FFC will sail as long as the occupation and the blockade continue, demanding the end of world governments' complicity with these violations of human rights.

                Gaza 2018 -- Standing Rock 2016 
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