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Two Powerful Women Standing up for You

I’d like to introduce you to Cynthia Wechabe and Edna Kaptoyo. These bold and brilliant women are in the middle of a fight — for you and for all of us.

Cynthia Wechabe and Edna Kaptoyo at the United Nations climate talks
Left to right: Cynthia Wechabe and Edna Kaptoyo

I was with them in Paris, where we gathered at the United Nations climate talks to push for sustainable, rights-based solutions to climate change.

Our planet’s chance for a healthy future lies in the hands of advocates like Cynthia and Edna. They are women leaders in Kenya, part of MADRE’s partner organization, the Indigenous Information Network (IIN).

Together, and through your support of MADRE, they combat climate threats in their communities. They bring clean water to villages plagued by drought. They plant tree nurseries to fight soil erosion. And they demand that Indigenous women’s solutions be heard by policymakers, from local government to world leaders.

Click here to listen to Edna’s interview with Democracy Now! She speaks on the climate challenges her community faces and about women’s innovative solutions.

“We are here to make sure that gender is included in the final climate change agreement,” Cynthia said to me. “Because as women, we are at the forefront of this crisis.”

We’ve seen too many steps backwards. The US and other policymakers have tried to remove language on human rights, Indigenous Peoples’ rights and gender equality from the agreement. But we know that these voices and solutions are essential to put us on a path towards a more sustainable future.

Want to help make sure that women’s voices like Cynthia’s and Edna’s are heard? Our policymakers won’t move unless we make them. So let’s make them! Visit to learn how you can join the global call for women’s full and equal participation.

Interested to learn more about women’s innovative solutions to climate change? Watch this video to see Lucy Mulenkei, director of IIN, describe how we bring clean water to drought-ravaged villages in rural Kenya.