ADVANCING CLIMATE JUSTICE

The climate crisis is a global threat, and those who already face discrimination, especially women and girls in poor communities of color, are hardest hit.

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Why it Matters:

The climate crisis is driven by the same extractive economic systems that exploit and impoverish Black, Indigenous, and rural people worldwide. Though the threat is grave, it’s not too late to avert the worst impacts of climate breakdown through changes that can also create social justice.

Our unique approach allows us to support on 3 critical levels:
1
Invest in Local Leadership

We support Indigenous and rural women to protect their lands and waterways from corporate exploitation, to develop new, climate-smart livelihoods in their communities, and to develop sustainable agriculture.

2
Provide Tools

We train our partners to build the skills they need to advocate for themselves and their communities in climate policy discussions.

3
Influence Policy

We bring together women climate defenders from diverse communities to exchange ideas and strategies and build a movement for climate justice that centers women's rights and leadership.

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Featured partner: Wangki Tangni

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.

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What Success Looks Like:

YOUR SUPPORT IN ACTION

ORGANIZING WOMEN FARMERS IN SUDAN

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.

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