March 1, 2010
Contact: Laura Rusu 202-459-3739 or LRUSU@oxfamamerica.org
***Media Advisory for March 8, 2010 6:30-8:30pm***
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
RECEPTION AND CLIMATE LEADERS AWARDS
WHAT: Oxfam America is bringing almost one hundred "Sisters on the Planet" Ambassadors to Washington, DC to mark International Women’s Day and advocate for climate legislation that includes substantial investments in vulnerable communities around the world. On this occasion, Oxfam will celebrate a number of women who bear witness to the impacts of climate change and who are working on solutions, locally and globally.
WHO: Majora Carter, Keynote Speaker and President, Majora Carter Group, LLC, a consultancy specializing in environmental justice and sustainable economic development.
Mary Wilson, President, US League of Women Voters
Barbara Lawton, Lt. Gov. of Wisconsin, & Chair of the National Lt. Governors Association
Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection, State of California
Hilary Krane, General Counsel and Senior VP for Corporate Affairs, Levi Strauss & Co.
Vore Gana Seck, Director of Green Senegal
Constance Okollet, Farmer and Chairperson of the Osukura United Women Network, Uganda
Sharon Hanshaw, Executive Director of Coastal Women for Change, in Biloxi, Mississippi
Marisa Macavillaca, Farmer and Leader of a National Indigenous Women’s Organization, FEMUCARINAP, Peru
Claudine Schneider, former U.S. Member of Congress (RI)
Phaedra Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, Green for All
Jane Raybould, Vice President, Nebraska Democratic Women’s Caucus
Deb Fikes, Executive Advisor, World Evangelical Alliance
Nicki Micheaux, Actress, Lincoln Heights
Thao Nguyen, Musician
Danielle Carrig, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Public Affairs, Lifetime Networks
Stella Adams, First Vice Chair, North Carolina Democratic Party
WHEN: Monday, March 8, 2010, 6:30-8:30pm
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 6th Street Entrance
Washington, DC 20001
WHY: Although climate change affects our entire planet, it has a disproportionate impact on people in poor communities, and it’s hitting women hardest. Oxfam’s Sisters on the Planet initiative unites prominent, well-connected American women from sectors spanning government, business, non-profit, faith, entertainment, and philanthropy to amplify the voices of millions of women worldwide who are adversely affected by climate change. A number of influential women have signed up as "Ambassadors for Sisters on the Planet," including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Anna Eshoo; Rep. Barbara Lee; Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Rep. Diane Watson, Rep. Susan Davis; Nobel Laureate Jody Williams; author Frances Moore Lappé, and Actress Joy Bryant.
NOTE: To RSVP, set up one-on-one interviews, or to receive a full schedule and list of speakers and participants, please use contact information above.
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice. Please visit oxfamamerica.org/sisters to learn more about Oxfam America’ Sisters on the Planet initiative.