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Environmental Justice

Did you know that climate change hits women harder?


In South America, the Amazon is being burned down by logging and cattle ranching industries. In Nigeria, a highway is being planned to pass through the forest that local communities depend on for their livelihoods. In Bolivia, oil refineries and mines pollute the water and kill the crops of indigenous inhabitants.

Environmental pollution, climate change, the depletion of natural resources: these are the most pressing issues of our time. And while they do affect everyone, women feel the impact hardest. Women and girls make up 80% of the people displaced by climate change. In many regions, women are the responsible for growing crops to feed their families, yet don’t have the right to own land. And they are the ones walking long distances to fetch water, being harassed and even assaulted on the way.

But luckily, the resistance is growing. Mama Cash supports an ever-growing number of activists who are directly impacted by the consequences, and on the forefront of taking urgent action. They protest Earth’s exploitation and fight for a sustainable future for all. And you can join them.

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Read about the work Mama Cash and our grantee-partners are doing

Make way for feminist climate activism

People sometimes say, ‘climate change and environmental pollution aren’t strictly feminist issues.’ And of course it’s true that everyone is affected. But women are usually the most impacted. That's why Mama Cash supports an ever-growing number of activists directly impacted by the consequences of climate change.

Read more about the work we do in our Environmental Justice Portfolio

Agua y Vida: Women, rights, and the environment

“They told us we were troublemakers,” says Angélica, a co-founder of Agua y Vida: Mujeres, Derechos y Ambiente  in Mexico. “In the beginning we were part of a mixed-gender organisation that worked on food sovereignty, organic agriculture and the construction of water collection systems. But the men wouldn’t let us participate fully. They wanted to make decisions on things that mainly concern women – like water use – without including us in the conversation."

Read here how Angélica and others started their own organisation.


Rural Women’s Assembly: Their livelihoods, whose land?

Did you know that over 30% of women are agricultural workers, but less than 13% own the land? That means that all around the world, women are the ones responsible for producing food for their families and communities, yet at the end of the day they don’t have a say when it comes to the land they work on.

Here’s how our grantee-partners Rural Women’s Assembly in South Africa are working to change that.

Bai Indigenous Women's Network: Resisting destructive 'development'

Under the leadership of President Duterte, indigenous lands in the Philippines are being stolen for corporate development projects that displace indigenous communities. This displacement impacts indigenous women, as the most vulnerable group in the Philippines, in particular.

Learn how our grantee-partners Bai Indigenous Women’s Network are bringing indigenous women around the country together to resist.


Climate Liberation Bloc: Decolonizing the Dutch climate movement

This group (CLuB) lobbies for a more intersectional perspective within the Dutch climate movement. To speak of ‘saving nature’ misses the point, according to CluB: the entire colonial capitalist system is responsible for ecocide and must be dismantled.

Read their perspective on the responsibility of countries like the Netherlands when it comes to environmental justice.