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On Friday May 6th Vital Voices Vice President of SDG’s and Advocacy, Manira Alva, led a timely discussion exploring how we can ensure climate solutions center the voices and knowledge of communities most deeply and directly affected by climate change. Across the world women are disproportionately impacted by and bearing the consequences of climate change.

We are cutting the branch on which we are all sitting on [on climate change]

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Former President of Mauritius

In response to this crisis Vital Voices sees that women are on the front lines of this issue creating solutions across every sector, every community, and every continent. This dynamic discussion featured incredible women leaders who have stood up and made their voices heard in the fight against climate change. As Christelle Kwizera noted in her observation that “African women are losing 200 million hours a day getting to water”, the climate crisis has a ripple effect across lives and communities.  


Climate change is a man made problem and requires a feminist solution.

Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland

This panel featured:  

  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Former President of Mauritius
  • Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland
  • Christelle Kwizera, Founder of Water Access Rwanda
  • Leah Lizarondo, Founder of 412 Food Rescue
  • Lisa Friedman, New York Times