June 23, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C.


Struggling to save their failing crops. Walking farther to fetch clean water. Protecting their families from devastating storms and violent conflicts. Experts warn that women in developing countries will be disproportionately affected by climate changes. But women could also hold the keys to solving the climate challenge. Empowering women through education, economic opportunities, and reproductive health care could make surprising contributions to the climate fight. To make this happen, we need to bridge sectoral barriers and work together to ensure that women are climate victors, and not climate victims.

“At the Eye of the Storm: Women and Climate Change” will bring together leaders from the climate change, reproductive health, clean energy, humanitarian response, and peace and security communities at the Wilson Center on June 23, 2016. Please join us for an afternoon of stories and solutions.


Lunch will begin at 11:30am with the welcome and keynote speeches starting at 12:00pm. A reception will follow the event at 5:30pm.




  • Our Bodies, Our Planet: Climate, Gender, and Health
  • Women in Crisis: Conflicts, Disasters, and Complex Emergencies
  • Climate Champions: Women Entrepreneurs & Climate Solutions



Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Sustainable Energy for All

Sono Aibe, Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives, Pathfinder International

Roger-Mark De Souza, Director, Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center

Matthew Edwardsen, Director, Environment and Natural Resources, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Suzanne Ehlers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Population Action International

Neha Misra, Co-Founder and Chief Collaboration Officer, Solar Sister

Kelly Fish, Technical Advisor, Gender, Project Concern International 

Meaghan Parker, Senior Writer and Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center

Richard Parker, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Project Concern International

Jacqui Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Maggie Roth, Communications Officer, Global Gender Office, International Union for Conservation of Nature 

Stevie Valdez, Manager, Impact Investing and Market Development, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves


This event is co-sponsored by UN Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, Project Concern International, and TetraTecht.