Central Appalachian Women's Tribunal on Climate Justice
The Feminist Task Force, together with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), the Civil Society Institute and our partners at the UN, the Loretto Community at the United Nations, present the first Women and Climate Justice Tribunal in the United States.
The women's tribunal will take place at the Charleston Women's Club in Charleston, West Virginia from 10am - 3pm on May 10th. The Appalachia Mountains is a region that has experienced persistent poverty. The tribunal will highlight how women living in persistent poverty areas and impoverished communities are being affected by climate-related issues. The tribunal will feature the testimony of women throughout the Appalachian mountain region concerning the effects of mountaintop removal and other coal industry abuses on their lives, families, and communities.
These US-based Women and Climate Justice Tribunals are preceded by a long line of tribunals that have taken place around the world, most recenty the
'Strengthening Voices, Searching for Solutions" Women's Tribunal series on Gender and Climate Justice These tribunals have been used to create a public space for people to draw attention to critical issues at local, national and global levels. At these Tribunals, persons directly affected by different situations, such as poverty, climate change and gender inequality, can present testimony, bring awareness and advocate for fundamental human rights.
Other partners include:
Appalachian Community Fund, Appalachian Voices, Coal River Mountain Watch, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Keepers of the Mountain, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Sierra Club, SouthWings, The Alliance for Appalachia, The CLEAN, West Virginia Free, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.