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MADRE released a report last month chronicling the effects of climate change on women’s rights around the world. According to the report, women and girls in pastoral areas are being deprived of their rights to education and health as droughts decimate their families’ livelihoods. Farmers and herders have taken to marrying their daughters off at younger ages to acquire dowries to off-balance their loss from the droughts. MADRE has called for the incorporation of gender in environmental policy, the reduction of dependency on corporate sponsors for green NGOs, and the acknowledgment of female grassroots activists “who are on the front lines of climate change and whose perspectives and priorities are largely absent from policymaking.”

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