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Media Advisory

March 1, 2010

Contact: Laura Rusu 202-459-3739 or LRUSU@oxfamamerica.org

***Media Advisory for March 8, 2010 6:30-8:30pm***

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

RECEPTION AND CLIMATE LEADERS AWARDS

WHAT: Oxfam America is bringing almost one hundred "Sisters on the Planet" Ambassadors to Washington, DC to mark International Women’s Day and advocate for climate legislation that includes substantial investments in vulnerable communities around the world. On this occasion, Oxfam will celebrate a number of women who bear witness to the impacts of climate change and who are working on solutions, locally and globally.

WHO: Majora Carter, Keynote Speaker and President, Majora Carter Group, LLC, a consultancy specializing in environmental justice and sustainable economic development.

Mary Wilson, President, US League of Women Voters

Barbara Lawton, Lt. Gov. of Wisconsin, & Chair of the National Lt. Governors Association

Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection, State of California

Hilary Krane, General Counsel and Senior VP for Corporate Affairs, Levi Strauss & Co.

Vore Gana Seck, Director of Green Senegal

Constance Okollet, Farmer and Chairperson of the Osukura United Women Network, Uganda

Sharon Hanshaw, Executive Director of Coastal Women for Change, in Biloxi, Mississippi

Marisa Macavillaca, Farmer and Leader of a National Indigenous Women’s Organization, FEMUCARINAP, Peru

Claudine Schneider, former U.S. Member of Congress (RI)

Phaedra Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, Green for All

Jane Raybould, Vice President, Nebraska Democratic Women’s Caucus

Deb Fikes, Executive Advisor, World Evangelical Alliance

Nicki Micheaux, Actress, Lincoln Heights

Thao Nguyen, Musician

Danielle Carrig, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Public Affairs, Lifetime Networks

Stella Adams, First Vice Chair, North Carolina Democratic Party

WHEN: Monday, March 8, 2010, 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE:

The Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 6th Street Entrance

Washington, DC 20001

WHY: Although climate change affects our entire planet, it has a disproportionate impact on people in poor communities, and it’s hitting women hardest. Oxfam’s Sisters on the Planet initiative unites prominent, well-connected American women from sectors spanning government, business, non-profit, faith, entertainment, and philanthropy to amplify the voices of millions of women worldwide who are adversely affected by climate change. A number of influential women have signed up as "Ambassadors for Sisters on the Planet," including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Anna Eshoo; Rep. Barbara Lee; Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Rep. Diane Watson, Rep. Susan Davis; Nobel Laureate Jody Williams; author Frances Moore Lappé, and Actress Joy Bryant.

NOTE: To RSVP, set up one-on-one interviews, or to receive a full schedule and list of speakers and participants, please use contact information above.

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Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice. Please visit oxfamamerica.org/sisters to learn more about Oxfam America’ Sisters on the Planet initiative.