NEW YORK (September 17, 2013)The Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) announces that 14 GGCA members will attend the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit from September 20-23 in New York. The IWECI Summit will convene 100 women to identify the urgent steps needed to combat climate change through drafting the Women’s Climate Action Agenda.

“The climate crisis demands a response that includes and benefits both men and women” said Nathalie Eddy, GGCA Coordinator. “GGCA welcomes the opportunity to join forces with 100 women leaders on the front lines of climate change. This is an exciting year for gender.”

“Spaces like the IWECI Summit are crucial to co-create a shared commitment for building a diverse and inclusive climate justice movement, where women’s wisdom, experiences and agency for leading just climate action is recognized, celebrated and promoted” said Rucha Chitnis, South Asia Program Director for Women’s Earth Alliance.

“Change is not something which you wait for, it’s something that you make happen” shared Bridget Burns, Advocacy and Communications Director for Women’s Environment & Development Organization. “Now is the time to face the climate crisis, ignite the women’s movement to demand action, prepare the next generation of women leaders and start changing paradigms once and for all.”

GGCA members attending as delegates to the IWECI Summit are:
Farah Kabir, ActionAid
Lorena Aguilar, IUCN
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN
Wanjira Maathai, GBM
Katherine Lucey, Solar Sister
Neha Misra, Solar Sister
Mary Robinson, MRFCJ
Rucha Chitnis, WEA
Osprey Orielle Lake, WECC
Sabine Bock, WECF
Sascha Gabizon, WECF
Bridget Burns, WEDO
Sheila Oparaocha, ENERGIA
Nathalie Eddy, GGCA Secretariat

More information and live updates will be released during the summit at

About GGCA

Launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali in December 2007, GGCA membership includes over 80 UN agencies and civil society organizations. The GGCA works to ensure that climate change policies, decision-making, and initiatives at all levels are gender responsive and improving the lives and livelihoods of women and men. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @GGCA_gender.


IWECI engages women grassroots activists, Indigenous and business leaders, policy makers and culture-shapers in collaboration with a goal to stop the escalation of climate change and environmental and community degradation, while accelerating the implementation of sustainability solutions through women’s empowerment, partnerships, hands-on trainings, advocacy campaigns, and political, economic, social and environmental action. For more information, please visit


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