100&Change: 2021


Amplifying Women’s Power and Leadership to Build Climate Resilience

Leading organizations in reproductive health, rights, agriculture, and communications will resource women and amplify their leadership to build climate-resilient communities in Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Gender equality
Current Work Location(s):
  • Kisii, Kenya
  • Southern Region, Malawi
  • Niger State, Nigeria
  • Kisumu, Malawi
  • Southern Region, Malawi
  • Niger State, Nigeria
  • Kisii, Kenya
  • Kajiado, Kenya
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Farmers
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary

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.

Organization Details
Lead Organization


website: https://mariestopes.org
Organization Headquarters
District of Columbia, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$200 to $499 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

Charity, fund, non-governmental organization, religious institution, school, or other entity

COVID-19 Response

MSI estimates that the pandemic will mean between 4 and 9.5 million women receive less healthcare in the coming months, and is working to close that gap as much as possible. The organization is securing as much PPE as possible for its staff and clients, adjusting clinic and mobile outreach protocol to prevent infection, and advocating at the country level for policies that would relax sexual and reproductive health restrictions and make abortion and contraception essential care services. It does not anticipate changes to its proposal at this time.

Racial and Ethnic Injustice Response

Women and girls from marginalized communities often experience the most limited access to sexual and reproductive health and services. Our work addresses racial and ethnic injustice by ensuring that all women and girls, particularly the most vulnerable, can exercise their right to choose if and when to have children.