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Indigenous Women Climate Defenders



In Kenya, Indigenous Peoples are on the frontlines of climate change. They face frequent, severe droughts that wreak havoc on the crops and animal herds that communities depend on for income and food. Women and girls are tasked with the heavy burden of securing water for their families. What’s more, to raise money for survival, girls often are pulled out of school and sold into early marriage.

Kenyan Women Carrying Water


MADRE partners with the Indigenous Information Network (IIN). Together with you, we propel grassroots women's solutions to climate change and develop sustainable ways of living.

Partner for Social Change
  • We give women easy access to clean water. By installing water wells, we lessen the burden on women and girls usually responsible for hauling water. With our local partners, we teach women to harvest and conserve rainwater.
  • We built and support a tree nursery to provide natural protection for water sources. When trees are cut down, erosion can contaminate water sources. Our tree nursery protects clean water and helps reforest the land.
  • We partner with local activists who speak out for the rights of women and girls. Our partners speak out to say, "our daughters should have an education." People listen, and more families are encouraged to keep their girls in school.
Advocate for Human Rights
  • We carry out human rights trainings with grassroots women. We build women’s understanding of national politics and international human rights as solutions to local problems. And we hone their skills to step forward as leaders. With our support, women are mobilizing to present their demands for better climate policies to their local governments.
  • We raise our voices in international climate negotiations. We are building a climate change agenda that puts women’s expertise at the center, a vital step to create climate policies that will protect us all.
  • Mothers have the peace of mind to know their family's water is clean and safe.
  • Women and girls have time to earn income, go to school and be leaders in their communities—instead of searching for and hauling water.
  • Communities survive climate disaster, thanks to knowledge shared and policies created by women.


Your Support in Action

Thanks to your support, MADRE continues to help Indigenous women farmers in Kenya adapt to climate change. Where we work in Kenya, women face persistent drought that threatens their families' survival. But with you by our side, we're bringing tools and training that help women combat the impacts of climate change and raise healthy families.


The Indigenous Information Network (IIN) is a women-led organization that connects Indigenous peoples, sustains their communities and strengthens their demands for human rights.


Climate change is a global crisis that threatens the survival of humanity. While it affects us all, poor and rural women are hardest hit by food shortages, droughts, floods and disease linked to climate change. But they are more than victims.

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