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Gender Justice and Women’s Leadership in the Climate Justice Movement: A Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 -
10:00am to 1:00pm PST
Oakstop 14
274 14th Street, Lange Suite | Oakland, CA
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Women are at the forefront of cutting-edge climate justice movement work at the local level and across Californianationally, and globallyYet, women are disproportionately impacted by the effects of and bare unique burdens from climate change. As climate change continues to intensify natural hazards, increase gender and wealth equities, and create political, environmental, and social instabilities, supporting frontline movement building to support local power is essential to fostering solutions to the crisis. Philanthropy can play a committed, strategic role to address these inequities to support more just, sustainable, and equitable communities. 

The California Gender Justice Funders Network is pleased to host an informal roundtable discussion over lunch. We’ll dive into climate change as it relates to gender justice, women’s leadership, and climate justice. We hope you’ll join us, field leaders, Indigenous communities, advocates, and the philanthropic community to: 

  • Foster a greater understanding at the intersection of climate change and gender justice and to lift up women’s leadership in the climate justice movement
  • Showcase key issues, challenges, strategies, and opportunities as well as field leaders, organizations and collaborations in California
  • Build relationships among climate justice field leaders, Indigenous communities, advocates and the funding community
  • Explore possible next steps


Tere Almaguer, Environmental Justice Organizer, PODER

Tere is PODER’s Environmental Justice Organizer and has served in this role for over 15 years. Tere previously coordinated the youth leadership program, a hands on organizing and political education program for hundreds of San Francisco youth. Currently, Tere is working with the Urban Campesinx Program to steward Hummingbird Farm and create a space for community to reconnect with land, grow healthy food, practice herbal healing traditions, provide job training, and create community governance structures.


Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

Annie Leonard is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, an independent environmental organization which uses research, creative communication, non-violent direct action and people-power to drive environmental change. She is currently partnering with Jane Fonda to launch the Fire Drill Fridays project to promote bold climate action. Prior to this role, she worked internationally on environmental health and justice issues for 2 decades and created The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute film and book that take viewers on an eye-opening tour of the often hidden environmental and social costs of our consumer driven culture. The Story of Stuff film has generated over 40 million views in over 200 countries and territories since its launch, making it one of the most watched online environmental films to date and sparking a much needed conversation about patterns of production and consumption today.

Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network 

Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International dedicated to accelerating a global women’s climate justice movement. She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a decentralized, democratized energy future. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and heads-up WECAN’s advocacy, policy and campaign work in areas such as Women for Forests, Divestment and Just Transition, Indigenous Rights, a Feminist Agenda for a Green New Deal, and UN Forums. Osprey is the author of the award-winning book,"Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature."  

Anuja Mendiratta, Philanthropic Advisor

Anuja Mendiratta is a Bay Area-based philanthropic advisor and independent consultant working on a range of critical environmental, human rights, gender equity and social justice issues.  Anuja manages the Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund, which support women-led and centered efforts that challenge the criminal justice system and mass incarceration in California.  She also consults with the Fondation CHANEL and is a founding member of the California Gender Justice Funders Network.  



Target audience

This event is open to NCG members and non-member funders.



California Gender Justice Funders Network