IIE San Francisco, through its Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, was very pleased to host a panel discussion focusing on Women Impacting Climate Change on Monday, June 25th. Nineteen International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participants from eighteen different countries attended the event, sharing experiences of their work on climate change from the grassroots to the government level.
Peggy Duvette, Executive Director of WiserEarth, challenged panelists from Ethiopia, Jordan, and Norway with interesting questions on climate change and the work they are doing in their home countries. The women shared fascinating stories of their upbringings as well as future plans upon the return to their countries after the IVLP program.
Ms. Safa Mustafa Abdullah Mohammad from Jordan shared: “My goal is to involve more women as activists in Jordan. Once I return I will start my own non-profit organization supporting activists to bring even more awareness connected to climate change.” When Ms. Selam Kidne from Ethiopia was asked why she was involved with her work, she replied: “I believe I can contribute. I think that each of us can make a difference and that is very important to me.” When we hear about these nineteen inspirational women working tirelessly to make a difference, it’s a sign that optimism exists in climate change.
We would like to thank the U.S. Department of State, Meridian International Center, Global Fund for Women, World Affairs Council, Hilton Financial District, International Museum of Women, Women’s Environmental Network and WiserEarth for their support and partnership.
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