On November 5th, the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP), represented by Mahnaz Afkami, hosted the Gender, Families and Climate Justice event at John Hopkins University, bringing together students, human rights activists, academics and civil society organizations. Mary Robison, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner of Human Rights was the keynote speaker. She spoke about climate change and the need for individual and institutional engagement in efforts to combat global warming, highlighting the important role of women in this process. The meeting also featured a panel with Asma Khader from Jordan, Jacqueline Pitanguy from Brazil and Joy Ngwakwe from Nigeria, moderated by Musimbi Kanyoro. The panelists shared experiences in their countries, highlighting the need to place the debate on climate justice on the political arena and to addressed it from a human rights perspective. A group of poets closed the meeting bringing cultural and literary elements to the debate around climate justice and gender.

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