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Saira Zuberi
Kristy Kelly
Allie Constantine

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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.

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  • Losang Rabgey
  • Born in India and raised in Canada, Losang first returned to Tibet with her family in 1987. She is Executive Director of Machik, co-founded with her sister Dr Tashi Rabgey. Losang holds a PhD in gender and anthropology from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. In 2006, Losang was recognized as an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic for her innovative work bridging cultural divides. Her current research interests include gender relations and social entrepreneurship in Tibet. In 2017, Losang became a National Geographic Society Mentor.
  • https://www.machik.org
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  • Anita Soina
  • Anita Soina is a 22-year-old environmental advocate and eco-digital influencer from the Maasai tribe in Kenya. At 18, her passion for nature led her to found SpiceWarriors, with the goal of advocating for a safe environment. She is a 2021 TedX speaker, author of "The Green War", and aspiring Member of Parliament in Kenya's 2022 general election. Anita works with different organizations and eco-friendly companies as an influencer and has been selected to attend high-level conferences such as COP26, UNEP @ 50, and UNEA 5. Passionate about politics and environmental conservation, she intends to push the climate agenda in the corridors of power.
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  • Foluke Ademokun
  • Foluke Ademokun (she/her) is a Gender Practitioner and Entrepreneurship development trainer with a bias for supporting women owned and women-managed businesses. Foluke is the Executive Coordinator of Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation, the Lagos State Coordinator of Women in Mining-Nigeria and the National President of the Association of Nigerian Women in Business (ANWIB). Foluke’s work involves promoting livelihoods improvement for vulnerable women and leading dialogue on equal opportunities and the empowerment of women.
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  • Leisa Perch
  • Leisa Perch is founder and CEO of SAEDI Consulting Barbados, which she established due to her commitment to bridging and ultimately eliminating the persistent policy, programming and financing gaps between social and environmental policy. An expert in international development, Leisa has 20+ years’ experience in climate change, poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods, gender policy, inclusive green growth/green economy, research and gender mainstreaming in diverse regions, including post-disaster and emergency contexts. She is keen to expand the space for Indigenous feminist voices in the Caribbean and globally.
  • https://twitter.com/consultingsaedi
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    Dr. Kristy Kelly (She/Her)

    Former Co-President

    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.