Indigenous Peoples are custodians of 80% of biodiversity and most affected by climate change. Yet, their rights, and particularly those of women, 2-Spirit and gender minorities, face erasure, violations, interference, and denial as they advocate for climate action.
This session centers Indigenous Peoples' active engagement as land and water defenders and as knowledge-keepers across all continents. We invite participants to join this “conversation-for-advocacy” session that aims to learn from and amplify diverse Indigenous Peoples' leadership and activism at the frontlines of climate action. Our goal is to connect with feminist climate justice movements demanding a livable planet for all.
Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social change in Southeast Asia. She is currently assistant clinical professor of global and international education at Drexel University and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Kristy teaches courses on gender mainstreaming, education diplomacy, gender and development in Southeast Asia and qualitative research methods. She has published on gender and education leadership, gender mainstreaming policy, gender and corruption, and post-socialist transition in Vietnam. She also consults and advises on gender and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations such as UNESCO, The Asia Foundation, and Transparency International in Asia and Africa. Kristy serves as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.