Women Heroes of Global Conservation - Repairing Nature, Empowering Communities

Date: October 7, 2010

Cannon House Office Building
Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003


Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but the Pew Environment Group is part of the Alliance for Global Conservation which is working to protect the world's last natural areas and rapidly disappearing biodiversity.

On Thursday, October 7 at 11:30 a.m. the Alliance for Global Conservation, the United Nations Foundation and the Green Belt Movement, in cooperation with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, will host a luncheon to honor six women conservation leaders from around the world. 

During the luncheon panelists will describe the ways in which many women in their countries are negatively impacted by environmental destruction.  They will also discuss the urgent need for the U.S. to make protection of forests and other natural ecosystems a central strategy in its efforts to improve the lives of women around the world. The speakers include Afghanistan’s only female Governor, Habiba Sarabi, and Nobel laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai.


  • Dr. Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize;
  • Habiba Sarabi, Afghanistan’s only woman governor, founder of Afghanistan’s first national park;
  • Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs;
  • Suzan Baptiste, chairman and founder of Nature Seekers in Trinidad;
  • Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, founder of Elephant Nature Park in Thailand;
  • Mary Mavanza, manager of the TACARE program of the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania; 
  • Lucy Aquino, Paraguay country director for the World Wildlife Fund; and
  • Katty Kay, the Washington Correspondent for BBC World News America – moderator.

Luncheon honoring women heroes of global conservation

Cannon Caucus Room, Cannon House Office Building

Thursday, October 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Please RSVP to Holly Cowan, holly@prcollaborative.com or Mallory Shelter, mshelter@pewtrusts.org.

(All Fields are required)