Gender Equity and Climate Change


The panelists delved into how environmental justice intersects with the fight for gender equity. The UN reports that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women. This means women and girls are experiencing a disproportionate amount of the consequences of climate change already through natural disasters, food shortages, and scarce resources. They discussed how climate change affects women and girls’ access to education, healthcare, and the resources they need to succeed. As well as how women and girls are taking a stand and fighting for a better environment and for their rights.

Gender Equity and Climate Change

Panelist Bios:

Nadya Okamoto

Nadya Okamoto is a co-founder of August, a lifestyle brand working to reimagine periods. She is also the Founder of PERIOD (, an organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma that she founded at the age of 16. In 2018, Nadya published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement. Nadya is also the former Chief Brand Officer and current Board Member of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC.

Lauren Ritchie

Lauren Ritchie is a climate activist, writer, podcast host, and student from The Bahamas studying Sustainable Development at Columbia University. She is also the creator of Columbia Climate Conversation and the founder of The Eco-Justice Project platform, she is also a writer and content strategist for Brown Girl Green, a Youth Ambassador for Plastic Pollution Coalition and the Global Wildlife Conversation, and the co-host of the podcast Black Girl Blueprint, a platform to center the voices and celebrate the accomplishments of young Black women in a vast array of fields. 

Karin Watson Ferrer

Karin Watson Ferrer is a 24 y/o activist and design student. She was born and raised in Chile, and currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. She is a human rights activist, working especially on the intersection between climate & gender. Karin is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Design at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile & EINA Barcelona. Karin was a founder member of Amnesty International’s Global Youth Collective, member of the 2020 Class of Women Deliver Young Leaders Program and Co-founder of the Re-earth Initiative and Latinas for Climate, besides working on several different projects related to climate justice, gender equality and human rights, both in Chile and at an international level.