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Sudanese Women's Organization Takes a Stand Against Climate Breakdown

Fatima, founder of Zenab for Women in Development looking at crops with other members of the organization.

This week, world leaders came together for the UN Climate Summit. Meanwhile, people worldwide are rising up to demand just climate action from leaders and policymakers.

This is a moment to take action.

We are organizing with our partners and spotlighting the solutions and perspectives of those on the frontlines, most impacted by the climate crisis — including Black and Indigenous women and girls of color.

One of those partners is Zenab for Women in Development, a vital grassroots women’s organization advancing solutions to access climate justice for all. Since 2000, Zenab has helped 500,000 rural Sudanese women build resilient livelihoods while confronting the adverse impacts of climate crisis in their part of the world.

Women farmers are often excluded from receiving the tools and resources they need. Zenab organization advocates to overcome those barriers as well as trains Sudanese women farmers from seven different states across Sudan. These trainings teach women farmers sustainable techniques and eco-friendly practices that boost their harvests, ensure ample food supplies and secure community well-being.

A group of women stand together after receiving sacks of seeds

With support from MADRE, this harvest season, Zenab provided 400 women farmers with 88 sacks of advanced seeds, including millet, corn and sesame. They were also able to provide two high-quality, eco-friendly tractors to harvest their small-scale farmlands using techniques learned from agricultural trainings at the organization’s cooperative center.

Together with MADRE, Zenab is ensuring that women farmers are transforming small-scale agriculture in Sudan to advance climate justice and pave the way for climate action. Women in Sudan often struggle to secure food and income to sustain their families and communities. This is a result of the unpredictability of weather-dependent farming and the added impact of climate change. Women farmers are using their learnings to anticipate, address and adapt to the effects of climate change. They are also using it to help advance and support their community.

Sudanese women farmers are game-changers, as Fatima Ahmed, founder of Zenab, likes to call them. They will lead the way to climate justice and gender equality in Sudan, with every new acre of sustainable farming.

September 25, 2019  / Sudan