Loop Content Manager on the Earth Day Panel on Women and the Environment

In celebration of Earth Day 2022, The Climate Conscious Podcast and The Breadfruit Collective have partnered to host the inaugural Caribbean Women for Climate Justice Conference from April 21-24, 2022. Tonight’s event, April 22, will honor of Earth Day, will look at environmental issues from a women’s perspective in a session titled “Investing in our Women, Investing in our Planet”. It begins at 5 p.m. Cayman/Jamaica time and can be accessed by registering at https://tinyurl.com/CW4CJ

Caribbean women and girls face the multiple impacts of climate change. Caribbean women face the environmental vulnerability of small island developing states in addition to their lived experience of gender inequality. Gender inequality continues to be a major concern in the Caribbean, with women and girls at high risk of gender-based violence and socio-economic imbalances. Recognizing the unique disadvantages faced by women and girls, there is a need to invest in and build their capacities to adapt to and cope with the impacts of climate change. Despite their marginalization, research shows that programs and projects are more successful when women and girls are involved.

The keynote speaker for tonight’s event will be Ayesha Constable, the founder of GirlsCARE, a feminist climate activist movement led by young women based in Jamaica. Her keynote address will focus on the nexus between gender, environment and climate justice in the Caribbean, with a focus on youth empowerment.

The opening speech will be followed by a round table. The five panelists will be made up of Leisa Perch, CEO and Founder of SAEDI Consulting Barbados Inc., one of the leading gender and environmental consulting practices in the English-speaking Caribbean region, Ashlee Burnett, founder of Feminitt Caribbean, an intersectional Caribbean feminist NGO based in Trinidad and Tobago that advances gender justice in the Caribbean , Alexandria Douziech, artist, educator and founder of the Center for Plants & Culture, a BIPOC educational platform dedicated to exploring what plants reveal about society, Andrew Campbell, founder of Ebesowana Natural Foods, an agro-processor Guyanese who recycles imperfect fruit, and Auro Fraser, who leads the first Open Society Foundation Caribbean strategy with a focus on climate justice.

Loop Cayman’s content manager, Daphne Ewing-Chow, will moderate the session. Ms. Ewing-Chow is an award-winning Caribbean journalist who, in addition to her role at Loop Cayman, is a senior contributor at Forbes, with a beat focused on the environment, sustainability and food with a frequent intersection between health and lifestyle. gender. In addition to Forbes and Loop, Daphne’s work has been featured in publications across the region as well as The New York Times, The Sunday Times (London) and the International Monetary Fund (Finance & Development Magazine), Daphne has managed communications during two climate change projects at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and is also currently a Communications Advisor for the Caribbean Cluster Office of the World Food Program (WFP).

The Caribbean Women’s Conference for Climate Justice aims to lead engagement at the intersection of climate justice and gender justice through a Caribbean-centric lens.

The event is expected to kick off a regional alliance of partners and key actors for climate and gender justice, establishing a strong network of collaboration and influencing public policies and actions.

The conference agenda includes four (4) panels titled: Human Rights and Climate Justice Investing in Our Planet, Investing in Our Women; Communities and economies resilient to climate change; and Planning for a Just Future. The conference will also include a children’s session, environmental film screenings, a networking area and a wellness session.

Panelists come from all over the Caribbean and the Diaspora. Each panel will discuss issues central to the overall theme, share ongoing work related to climate justice, and identify recommendations or corrective actions to advance gender-responsive climate action. Emphasis will be placed on including representation of indigenous peoples, women and youth in each panel.

Registration is free and open to all interested persons and can be viewed via https://tinyurl.com/CW4CJ.

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