We are in a climate crisis—and it is not gender-neutral. Women and girls are already bearing the brunt of impact. In many African countries, 90% of the female labor force is involved in agriculture. As weather patterns become more erratic, women smallholder farmers and their families are at increasing risk. This reality is exacerbated by pervasive inequalities related to access—to contraception; to financing, supplies and land ownership for food production; and to claiming their rightful place at the decision-making table. There is an inextricable link between securing the fundamental rights of women and girls, and stemming the most devastating effects of climate change. Simply put, women are the solution. Collaborating across reproductive health, climate-smart farming, women’s rights, and bold storytelling, our team will amplify the power, strength and skills of rural women in Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria—countries with large agrarian populations—to build more food-secure, climate-resilient communities.
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