Gender, Families, and Climate Justice

Event Details

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    05 Nov, 2019

  • Location

    • Johns Hopkins SAIS Kenney-Herter Auditorium
    • 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036
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On September 20, 2019 millions of young people took to the streets around the world to protest the global community’s ineffectiveness at addressing the climate crisis. Not only did they call for swift action to curb carbon emissions, but also for greater recognition that those who are most affected by the crisis are the least responsible for causing it.  The call for climate justice recognizes that addressing the disastrous effects of climate change requires addressing political, social and economic inequalities that will be exacerbated by climate change.  Nowhere are these disparities clearer than at the level of the family. Women are often most affected by environmental destruction and are best situated to provide solutions, yet least involved in decision-making. Women make up 43 percent of agricultural labor and are responsible for 40-80 percent of food production in the Global South. In two thirds of homes, women and girls are responsible for water collection. It is impossible to work towards climate justice without women’s voices, experience, and leadership. Women’s Learning Partnership is bringing together thought-leaders on climate justice and women’s rights to discuss the role of women and youth in confronting the climate crisis. Join us for a lively and thought-provoking discussion and poetry reading about the nexus between the fight for climate justice and addressing political, social, and economic inequalities.


Keynote Speaker
Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland and Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Panel of distinguished speakers moderated by 
Musimbi Kanyoro
WLP Board Chair and Former President of Global Fund for Women

“Lifelines: The Poetry of Human Rights” moderated by
Abena Busia
Poet and Ghanaian Ambassador to Brazil

Gender, Families, Climate Justice- PROMO
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