The climate crisis is a global threat, and impoverished, rural, and BIPOC women and girls are hardest hit. The food shortages, droughts, floods, and diseases driven by this accelerating catastrophe fall worst and first on their communities.
The climate crisis is driven by the same extractive economic systems and industries that exploit and impoverish Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, especially women and girls and LGBTQIA+ people in those communities. In many cases, those institutions were established by stealing the resources of the very same communities they continue to endanger.
The fact is, climate justice is inextricable from economic, racial and gender justice.
We fund Indigenous and rural women as key climate defenders. We support them to develop community protections and to advocate in policy discussions.
We train our partners to build advocacy skills that ensure that climate policy is strengthened by an intersectional gender perspective. We facilitate activist exchanges, and we mobilize public education campaigns.
We bring Indigenous and rural women's demands to policymaking spaces, and we advocate for the protection of land rights under threat from war and corporate exploitation.
Wangki Tangni is a community development organization run by and for Indigenous people in Nicaragua. Together with MADRE, Wangki Tangni runs Harvesting Hope, a sustainable farming collective where Indigenous women feed and support their families without extractive agribusinesses.VIEW MORE PARTNERS
Indigenous and rural women are equipped with knowledge and resources to offer leadership and meet urgent needs in their communities.
Indigenous and rural women have the skills and access to participate effectively in climate policy decisions at the local, national and international levels, and succeed in challenging dominant economic models of consumption and extraction.
Leaders in public opinion, philanthropy, policymaking, and international advocacy increasingly recognize the value of women’s knowledge and expertise in climate change response.
Local economies are rooted in sustainable practices that restore communities and ecosystems, instead of extracting wealth and leaving both impoverished.
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MADRE partnered with Zenab for Women in Development to organize women farmers in Sudan to exchange strategies amidst protracted drought. They founded their country's first women farmers union and have used their shared strength to push for access to resources and tools previously reserved for men.SUPPORT OUR WORK