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Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.
Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change
Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change
Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change
Help Women in Kenya Confront Climate Change
Rosemary speaking at the climate talks in Poland.
Rosemary speaking at the climate talks in Poland.

Thanks to your support, Indigenous women amplified their voices on the international stage. Members from our Kenyan partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) traveled to Poland to attend the annual UN conference on climate change.

There, our partner, Rosemary, shared how climate change makes it harder for Indigenous women to feed their families. And when food becomes scarce, conflict can erupt between communities — with devastating impacts. She called for policymakers to address climate change issues and to uplift Indigenous women’s voices and solutions.

With your support, we are also able to hold workshops with IIN on climate justice and organize exchanges between local communities in Kenya. These activities create safe spaces for women to speak up, share their ideas on how to combat climate change, develop leadership skills and build closer bonds between communities.

Rosemary often leads and attends these workshops with IIN. They provide her with public speaking experience and helped her strengthen her leadership skills. She ultimately used this experience on the international stage at the UN conference on climate change! Thank you for making this work possible!


Photo credit: Indigenous Information Network

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Indigenous women in Kenya receive water tanks
Indigenous women in Kenya receive water tanks

Indigenous women in Kenya are mobilizing to confront climate change in their communities. Facing years of deadly drought, our partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) have built systems to protect local springs and store precious water supplies. On a recent trip, we delivered two water tanks to our partners’ communities. These water tanks will help women and their families access and preserve clean water, despite the drought.

And we’re working together to bring their voices to the international level, where they can share their expertise and demand just climate policies. In fact, in December, an IIN delegation will be going to a UN climate conference in Poland, bringing their locally-rooted knowledge to advocate for sustainable solutions to climate change. Thanks to your support, we’re able to support our partners as they create change locally and internationally.

Photo credit: Poppy Miyonga

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Women and children have access to clean water.
Women and children have access to clean water.

In Kenya, MADRE partners with Indigenous women leaders who organize to build healthier and more resilient communities. Together, we combat the dangers of climate change by creating sustainable farming initiatives and protecting water sources. We advocate for the rights of women and girls to be educated, to be safe from violence and to step up as leaders.

These photos show various water projects we have in Kenya, where communities are affected by devastating drought. For instance, a project that created two separate water sources, one for the animals and one for the women, ensuring that the community has access to clean water.

To watch a video about our clean water project in Kenya, follow this link to our website! There, you can watch another video to learn more about our human rights trainings in Kenya where we facilitate exchanges between different Indigenous communities. These exchanges provide women with the opportunity to learn from one another, share valuable insights on how their communities approach climate justice and human rights and create lasting friendships.

Photo credit: First, third and fourth photos, MADRE; Second photo, Indigenous Information Network

Women wait to gather water.
Women wait to gather water.
Animals drink at the separate water source.
Animals drink at the separate water source.
Community members gather by the water.
Community members gather by the water.
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Alice is an Indigenous Rendille woman from Kenya and a powerful advocate for the rights of women and girls. In her rural community, water sources, open pastures and animal herds were declining due to climate change. She saw how this endangered people’s lives. No longer able to depend on herding livestock, women were struggling to feed their families, and the arid land they live on made it nearly impossible to grow food.

With your help, Alice began to organize with other women in her community. They knew firsthand their communities' needs for environmental conservation and for land preservation.

With the women in her community and with MADRE's local partner, the Indigenous Information Network, Alice mobilized a solution. She and the other women in the group set up a greenhouse to grow the food their families depend on. They installed systems to collect rainwater and pumps to help irrigate their crops. With your support, the women are not only raising more successful harvests, they have generated a new source of income for women to sustain themselves and their families. Thank you!

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Christine participated in a training with MADRE
Christine participated in a training with MADRE

Through our partners at the Indigenous Information Network, MADRE supported the participation of four Indigenous women at the annual UN climate change talks. Thanks to your generosity, Indigenous women in rural Kenya have had the opportunity to learn about how to combat climate change and become leaders in their communities. Their efforts were rewarded when governments committed to incorporate perspectives and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in new environmental policy platforms.  

Thanks to donors like you, Indigenous women like Christine can participate in leadership trainings. Christine is a local activist and built a new stove to reduce the amount of wood needed, saving trees and reducing the amount of smoke women breathe when cooking. With MADRE’s support, women are taking on leadership roles to combat climate threats, making their voices heard and creating lasting change.

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MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Yifat Susskind
New York, NY United States
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