For Immediate Release

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Kat Noel, MADRE Media Coordinator, 1-212-627-0444,

Paper Released Calling for Climate Justice – With Gender Justice

NEW YORK - Today, world leaders will attend a United Nations climate summit to present proposals to reduce emissions. This comes just days after the largest climate march ever and as reports show that harmful emissions reached new peaks in 2013. 

In preparation, MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, has released a new paper (PDF available here) addressing political leaders, funders and activists. It calls for these key players to recognize the ways that women worldwide are differently impacted by climate change. 

Yifat Susskind, MADRE Executive Director, said today, “This paper is the product of decades of dialogue with our grassroots partners, women who live on the frontlines of climate change. And worldwide, women are creating the local, sustainable solutions that must be a centerpiece of climate policy. That’s why we have charted specific mechanisms for grassroots women’s voices to be integrated into the global climate justice movement and into climate policy at all levels.”Click here to read the MADRE paper, titled “Climate Justice Calls for Gender Justice: Putting Principles into Action” (PDF).


  • Embedded within the threat of climate change is the opportunity to reimagine our economies and societies in keeping with the balance of nature and in support of human rights. Realizing that opportunity requires a gender analysis.
  • The voices of women, particularly rural women, are seen as peripheral and routinely excluded from policymaking—despite the visionary solutions they offer. The result is climate programs and policies that further marginalize women, undermine human rights generally and reinforce assumptions that created the climate crisis in the first place.
  • Climate justice activists need support from funders and government allies to contest the shrinking space available for civil society within the UN system, the key site of global policymaking. Reclaiming this space would allow for the gridlock of global climate policies to be re-envisioned—not as a cause for retreat, but as a strategic opening to press for better, rights-based policies.

Available for interview:

Yifat Susskind, MADRE Executive Director, works with women’s human rights activists from Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, creating programs to address violence against women, economic development, armed conflict, climate change and more.


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MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice. Since we began in 1983, MADRE has delivered nearly 25 million dollars worth of support to community-based women's organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the United States. For more information about MADRE, visit our website at

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