Against a backdrop of climate change denial and backlash against human rights and gender equality, across the world, women and girl human rights defenders of all ages, backgrounds and identities are leading the struggle to protect our environment.

Individually and collectively, they are demanding urgent action to safeguard both the present and our future.

Join us. Let us embrace our individual and collective power in numbers, in voices, in diversity, in solidarity. Stand With Her, for a better today and a more equal, just and sustainable tomorrow.

“Every victory for social justice is a triumph of inclusion and diversity. It is the result of people collectively joining hands to demand and effect change – including by advancing the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.”

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

International Women’s Day 2022

This year’s global theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022, is ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’.

We recognize and celebrate the contributions of all women and girls and the power and strength in their diversity - from those belonging to discriminated ethnic or religious groups; to those who are part of indigenous communities; from those living in poverty to migrants and people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities; from those who are of African descent to those with disabilities. Around the world, these activists are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

These women and girl human rights defenders, with courage and resilience, are leading inclusive and feminist efforts for environmental, climate and social justice movements, to the benefit of all our societies.

Feeling the brunt of extreme weather, disappearing water resources and soil degradation, young women and girls across the world are on the front lines - as managers of resources and advocates of sustainable lifestyles – and as staunch human rights defenders of land, water, nature, and communities. Our planetary crisis is a human rights crisis that demands a feminist response – with women and girl activists at the heart.

Yet, women and girl activists and the organisations they lead continue to be excluded from decision-making spaces and from being taking seriously, heard, recognised, funded, engaged, empowered, protected and genuinely supported. They continue to face intimidation, violence, and attacks – online and in real-life – often targeted at their families and their reputation, their gender, their sexuality, their race, their ethnicity, their religion, and their disability.

It is high time that we dismantle the obstacles they face and recognise, support, fund, listen to and heed their demands to take concrete action, for all people and our planet.


Hear from activists who are fighting for gender equality to achieve environmental justice around the world.

“Climate change does not affect everyone equally. It’s affecting those who are already facing social issues.”

Brianna Fruean is a Pacific climate change activist fighting for her native Samoan islands’ survival.

“I envision a sustainable and inclusive world where people are able to thrive. That requires making space for everybody and every experience.”

Mya Pol is a content creator from the United States who advocates for disability rights and educates people about environmentalism on her social media platform.

“We cannot talk about territorial or cultural rights, women’s rights, or the struggle to improve this country, if we do not subscribe the idea of gender diversity and if we do not strive to make it happen.”

Miriam Miranda advocates for the cultural and land rights of the Garífuna people in Honduras.

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