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Celebrating Wangari Maathai’s Legacy at Rio+20

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO (JUNE 22) — The road is long and the battles many… For me it is a journey and I continue to pursue it wherever fate leads me…I learned to rise from the ashes of disappointment and look to the road yet ahead.” – Wangari Maathai

Women’s rights advocates at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development remember Wangari Maathai’s wise words as we have faced another uphill battle to …

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WEDO Launches New Historical Publication at Rio+20

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Celebrating Momentum and Milestones: A WEDO History of Women’s Organizing Toward a Healthy and Peaceful Planet

RIO DE JANEIRO (JUNE 20) –What if we, as women, use this opportunity of the UN Conference on Environment and Development to be the change we want to see in the world?” This was the question women activists posed to themselves in the early 1990s, according to WEDO founding member Thais Corral of Brazil. “This

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Happy International Women’s Day! Click here to download our full IWD 2012 e-mail blast.

This year, on International Women’s Day, WEDO is proud to celebrate 20 years of advancing women’s rights in sustainable development. We honor women’s leadership and the incredible, undeniable power of women’s organizing and action. We are also calling for action. As many of you know, this year, world leaders will come together in Rio de Janeiro, to participate in an Earth Summit, with hopes and plans for securing a sustainable future. Click here to find out how you can join us and share your views on the Future YOU Want– for women, for all people around the world, and for our planet.

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Women on the forefront at the Earth Summit ’92 in Rio.

Monday, October 31st, 2011

A personal journey by Irene Dankelman, Former WEDO Board Chair

Thinking of about 20 years ago, I really feel privileged to have been part of the movement that shaped a gender perspective into sustainable development. In the early 1990s I was working with the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, in New York as their gender-environment advisor, preparing for the upcoming United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. On …

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Memorial for Wangari Muta Maathai, Tues. November 14th

Friday, October 28th, 2011

[ November 14, 2011; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] Wangari Muta Maathai
(1940–2011)
A Memorial Ceremony

Philosopher, environmentalist, educationist, political activist, freedom fighter,
mother, grandmother, guiding light. We will miss her. We will celebrate her. We will
emulate her. We will never forget her.
— H. E. Macharia Kamau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative at Kenya Mission to
United Nations

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