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Women's Voices for a Sustainable Future

DKH will host a webinar Women’s Voices for a Sustainable Future on March 24th at 3:00 CET to commemorate efforts around the world, in leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

This year, the 66th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, will meet to discuss achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental disaster, and disaster risk reduction. This is an opportunity to bring in KAICIID fellows to speak alongside leaders in women’s empowerment about the importance of women as effective and powerful leaders and change-makers for climate adaptation and mitigation.

According to the World Economic Forum, women and girls have a crucial role in achieving the climate targets set at COP26. As valuable members of society, they deserve to participate equally in public life. Their participation generates more effective and equitable climate outcomes. Research demonstrates that due to socially prescribed gender roles, women assess risk differently to men and typically prioritise the welfare of their families and communities in resource-management decisions.[1] Such differences in decision-making extend to national politics, a 2019 study found that national parliaments with more women pass more stringent climate policies, measures that improve women’s access to healthcare.

The webinar duration will be 90 minutes where our all-female panel aims to answer questions and reflect on how faith-based initiatives proven the value of women’s participation for a more sustainable future, how faith can play a role in strengthening participation in this field, and what challenges exist in implementing female led sustainability projects.

 

SPEAKERS

Bani Dugal

Bani Dugal is the Principal Representative of the Bahá’í International Community to the UN. She is serving as the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council. She is the Vice President of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, past Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, past Chair of the Global Forum of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, amongst several positions she has held at the UN in NY. Ms. Dugal holds a Master's degree (LL.M) in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law, New York and a law degree (LL.B) from the University of Delhi, India. She has authored published articles, statements and papers

Heidi Rautionmaa

Heidi Rautionmaa gives trainings on interfaith issues mainly for teachers, people of the religious communities and youth. She has 20 years of experience in organizing various interfaith activities between women, youth and religious communities, on the grass roots in Finland and internationally. for example, through the Global Council Trustee of United Religions Initiative and as a co-chair of Religions for Peace European Women of Faith Network. Currently Heidi is a board member of European Network on Religion & Belief, a committee member of Religions for Peace (RfP) in Europe and an ambassador of the Parliament of World's Religions. Heidi chairs the RfP Women of Faith Network and Faiths Without Borders (Uskot ilman rajoja ry) in Finland.

Elder Justina Ngwobia

Elder Justina Mike Ngwobia is a peacebuiding practitioner who has been working in the field of interfaith relations for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in social work and administration. Her passion for Christian-Muslim harmony and dialogue grew when she moved to the northern part of Nigeria and discovered that the incessant crisis in that part of the world was the result of political manipulation: people were using the different religious groups for their own selfish gain, leading to violent conflicts. Her motivation grew when she visited people living in rural communities and saw how people were suffering and struggling to survive. Her major interest is focused on empowering communities through interfaith joint projects, adult education, peace clubs, Christian Muslim harmony, and the empowerment of women, which are all aimed at interfaith dialogue and sustainable development. She has travelled to different parts of the world sharing her experiences in interreligious dialogue. At present, she is the ecumenical coordinator of the Presbyterian church of Nigeria, Jos presbytery. She is also interested in promoting the participation of women in governance issues, peace and security. She considers her greatest milestone to be the establishment of the “Women Peace Builders Network” in Nigeria, which gives women the opportunity to add their voices to events in society through dialogue. Justina strongly believes that our world can only be better and more peaceful if people of diverse religions learn how to interact positively for mutual cooperation.

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of the Environment as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She has authored and edited close to 20 volumes and has published hundreds of articles. She is a pioneer in the field of religion and ecology.

Tin Ma Ma Htet

Tin Ma Ma Htet "Tess" is leading the Sayarma Foundation that provides technical support to schools in Myanmar. She is a teaching specialist with more than a decade of experience and a certified professional coach. Tess worked for the monastic education system, with out-of-school children, and various professional development programmes for teachers and education for peace initiatives. She currently supports holistic development of schools in Myanmar which includes training and coaching teachers, principals and other stakeholders. She is currently researching and learning about Buddha’s teaching strategies, and she designed an education program for Buddhist teachers which gives a stronger understanding on Buddhism and other religions while learning about different teaching strategies to apply in their classrooms. Her work is focused on education in a sustainable approach, which aims to contribute to a sustainable future by offering free education and trainings to teachers and parents.

Kiran Bali

Kiran Bali, MBE JP is a remarkable global organizational leader and spokesperson in areas of interfaith understanding, environmental justice, women’s empowerment, and peacebuilding through selfless service and multidisciplinary approaches. Tackling climate change through advocacy and empowering grassroots communities with knowledge, she launched the Hindu declaration on climate change in India and spoke at the launch of the inter-faith declaration on climate change in New York. As a UK magistrate, Kiran underpins all her initiatives with the principles of social justice, compassion and equity toward creating safer, healthier and stronger inclusive communities.

MODERATOR

Nana Firman

Nana Firman is GreenFaith’s Senior Ambassador. An internationally recognized speaker, she is one of 20 Earth Defenders featured in One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet. Nana Firman has nearly two decades of experience in advocacy and awareness-raising on environmental degradation and the climate crisis, advocating for urban sustainability and developing green economy concepts and strategies. She's currently the Muslim outreach director for GreenFaith, a global multi-faith and spiritual environment and climate action network. She previously worked with the World Wildlife Fund in Indonesia, directing the green recovery efforts in the wake of 2004 earthquake and tsunami and later developing a sustainable city initiative as part of urban climate adaptation and mitigation.

Where Online Zoom Application
Time Europe/Lisbon
Date
Speakers
Elder Justina Ngwobia
Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker
Tin Ma Ma Htet
Kiran Bali
Bani Dugal
Heidi Rautionmaa
Language English
Interpretation English
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