Loop Content Manager on Earth Day panel on women & the environment | Loop Cayman Islands

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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, in honor of Earth Day, will look at environmental issues from the perspective of women in a session entitled “Invest in our Women, invest in our Planet.” It begins at 5pm Cayman/ Jamaica time and can be accessed by registering at https://tinyurl.com/CW4CJ

Caribbean women and girls face layered impacts of climate change. Caribbean women are confronted with 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 being highly susceptible to gender-based violence and socio-economic imbalances. Recognizing the unique disadvantages faced by women and girls, it is necessary to invest and build their capacities to adapt to and address the impacts of climate change. Despite being marginalized, research shows that programs and projects are more successful when women and girls are involved.

The keynote speaker at tonight’s event will be Ayesha Constable, the Founder of GirlsCARE, a young women-led, feminist, climate activist movement based in Jamaica. Her keynote will centre the nexus of Gender, Environment and Climate Justice in the Caribbean with a focus on youth empowerment.

The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion. The five panelists will consist of Leisa Perch, the CEO and Founder of SAEDI Consulting Barbados Inc., one of the leading gender & environment consultancy practices in the English-speaking Caribbean region, Ashlee Burnett, Founder of Feminitt Caribbean, an Intersectional Caribbean Feminist NGO based in Trinidad and Tobago advancing 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, a Guyanese agro-processor that upcycles imperfect fruits, and Auro Fraser, who leads Open Society Foundation’s first ever Caribbean strategy with a focus on Climate Justice.

Loop Cayman’s Content Manager, Daphne Ewing-Chow will be moderating the session. Ms. Ewing-Chow is an award-winning Caribbean journalist who in addition to her role at Loop Cayman serves as a Senior Contributor at Forbes, with a beat focused on the environment, sustainability and food with a frequent intersection across health and gender. In addition to Forbes and Loop, Daphne’s work has been featured in publications throughout the region as well as in The New York Times, The Sunday Times (London) and the International Monetary Fund (Finance & Development Magazine), Daphne has managed communications for two climate change projects at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and also currently serves as Communications Advisor for the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Caribbean Multi-Country Office.

The Caribbean Women for Climate Justice Conference is intended to lead engagement on the intersection of Climate and Gender Justice through a Caribbean focused lens.

The event is expected to kick off a regional alliance of partners and key actors for Climate & Gender Justice, establishing a solid network for collaboration and influencing public policy and actions.

The conference agenda includes four (4) panels titled: Human Rights and Climate Justice Invest in our Planet, Invest in our Women; Climate Resilient Communities and Economies; and Planning for a Just Future. The conference will also include a session for children, environmental film screenings, a space to network and a wellness session.

Panellists are featured from across the Caribbean and diaspora. Each panel will discuss issues critical to the overarching theme, share ongoing work related to climate justice, and identify recommendations or corrective actions for advancing gender-sensitive climate action. Emphasis will be placed on including representation from Indigenous peoples, women and youth in each panel.

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