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Women Climate Defenders

A Multi-Country Initiative

Our actions to confront climate change today will decide the futures of our planet and of generations to come.

You can join the women leading the way.

Climate change is a global threat, and poor, rural and Indigenous women are hardest hit. They are impacted first and worst by the food shortages, droughts, floods and diseases linked to this growing danger. But they are more than victims. They are sources of solutions, inventing innovative, locally-rooted responses.

Through our Women Climate Defenders initiative, MADRE’s grassroots partners enable their communities to adapt to climate change. They build clean water systems to guard against drought and seed banks to preserve future harvests. And we bring grassroots women's voices to influence national and international climate policy discussions.

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Partner for Social Change
  • Partner with women to confront immediate climate threats, like flooding and drought, in their communities
  • Give women seeds and tools to plant tree nurseries that protect local water sources and raise organic crops
  • Create spaces for women to exchange their knowledge and strategies to confront climate change, like rain water harvesting and food storage


Advocate for Human Rights
  • Shine a spotlight on women’s exclusion from policymaking
  • Provide childcare, stipends, translation and more for grassroots women entering policymaking spaces
  • Train and equip our partners to present their demands to policymakers at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • Partner with local activists to make sure their leaders implement policy victories


"This story does not stand alone. It's all connected...We're all connected by the ways our climates and our histories intersect. Our best chance for confronting our climate crisis head on lies in recognizing these connections - and soon."

two women hugging

Through your support of MADRE, you bring women together across divides. Exchanges like these are more than just a way for these women to meet one another. They offer women from different communities an essential way to build new alliances and friendships.

Women planting tree saplings

 MADRE and the Indigenous Information Network, our on-the-ground partners, just delivered 30 clean water storage tanks to farming communities in the Transmara region of Kenya. With these clean water tanks, women farmers will be able to store clean drinking water for their families through drought.

In Kenya, MADRE partners with Indigenous Information Network (IIN) to advance Indigenous women's solutions to combat climate change in local communities. Together, we support communities hardest hit by frequent droughts to secure water, produce food and manage natural resources. 

For More Information

Climate Justice Calls for Gender Justice: Putting Principles Into Action

English (PDF) I Spanish (PDF)

A Letter to My Three-Year-Old Daughter About the Paris Climate Agreement

In a climate agreement that prioritized gender equality, policy-makers would work to sweep barriers to women's participation and leadership away. read more

Rural Women Worldwide Are on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Rural women worldwide are on the frontlines of climate change, forced to confront daily its worst impacts and typically carrying the heaviest burden as those responsible for providing families with food, water, and household fuel. read more

Breaking the Gridlock of Climate Change Negotiations: Learning From Allies

While poor, rural and Indigenous women are especially vulnerable to climate change, they are more than victims: they are sources of solutions. read more

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