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Climate change is not a distant threat; its effects are touching lives all around the world. Unpredictable weather patterns, devastating floods, and crippling droughts are not only reducing farm yields but also jeopardizing family incomes. When families lose their livelihoods due to crop failures or the inability to access markets, it triggers a cycle of hunger and desperation.

In this scenario, it’s young girls who bear the brunt. They are often the first to leave school, taking on household responsibilities, marrying early for perceived security, or helping to provide for their families. This results in a lost generation of young women, facing increased vulnerability to abuse and health issues, and lacking the skills and resources to build a brighter future.

Research shows that girls and women who are denied access to education are at a higher risk of injury or death during climate disasters. For women engaged in farming or rural businesses, the challenges of climate change compound existing resource and productivity gaps they already face.

The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is working to change this narrative.

Girls’ education is the starting point for securing the rights of women and girls globally. Educating girls unlocks women’s leadership for effective, concrete climate action, and helps build more resilient communities that are equipped to tackle the effects of climate change.

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Without urgent action, climate change threatens to reverse decades of progress for women and girls.

  • 33%

    Around one third of the young educated women in our CAMFED Association are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.

    CAMFED

  • 80%

    An estimated 80% of people displaced by climate change are women.

    UNDP (2016) Gender and Climate Change Policy Brief

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    It is estimated that at least 200 million adolescent girls living in the poorest communities face a heightened risk from the effects of climate change

    Sims (2021) Education, Girls’ Education and Climate Change

Invest in a sustainable future, led by young women

Support CAMFED to educate another 5 million girls, create another 150,000 jobs through sustainable women-owned business, and grow our CAMFED Association to 280,000 women leaders, disrupting the status quo, identifying policy solutions, and changing the face of agriculture leadership and climate action.

Climate Resilience Through Girls’ Education

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Why gender equity is at the core of effective climate action

By supporting girls in school, and in the transition to secure livelihoods, we are investing in the next generation of children, as well as in effective, diverse leadership to shape policy solutions. Women’s leadership is associated with positive environmental action, as well as improved adaptation and resilience to climate disasters. Educated women are also better equipped to innovate and champion climate-smart technologies, and engage in national and international leadership for sustainable growth.

Our young women leaders have lived the hunger and anxiety caused by extreme and unpredictable weather. 

We’ve seen how the climate crisis disproportionately impacts women and pushes more girls out of school.

We know what it takes for communities to thrive, and for girls and young women to be seen and heard.

We are determined to support millions more girls to go to school and to grow up to become the next generation of climate leaders.

Together with you, we can grow an equitable future.

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Video: Girls' education and climate action

How we support young women to transition from exclusion to climate leadership

Educate:

CAMFED has joined forces with communities, education authorities, partners and supporters to build an unrivalled infrastructure that brings the most excluded girls into the school system, and provides the tailored support they need to learn and thrive. By educating girls we are investing in young people’s ability to adapt to the challenges caused by climate change. Educated women are better equipped to protect themselves and their families, to make choices that reduce carbon emissions, to champion climate-smart technologies; and to engage in national and international leadership for sustainable futures.

Prosper:

We support young women to adapt to the effects of climate change in the rural farming economies where they are based, and to build climate-smart livelihoods. Through investing in women’s further education, we are also equipping them to innovate and champion low carbon pathways to prosperity.

Lead Change:

Led by members of the CAMFED Association – a sisterhood of women leaders educated with CAMFED support – we are dismantling gender barriers to create a better, more sustainable future for us all. We support CAMFED Association members to be connected, to share expertise and lead change through our Guide Programs and advocacy platforms. We are investing in effective, diverse leadership to shape policy solutions.

CAMFED is at the forefront of the climate crisis. 

We support girls through school, and equip young women with the skills and resources to run sustainable businesses. 

CAMFED - Winners of the UN Global Climate Action Award 2019

On 26 September 2019, CAMFED received a UN Global Climate Action Award in recognition of African women’s leadership for climate-smart agriculture.

Our work results in educated women with agency, who can live healthier, more productive, and secure lives. They have healthier families, earn higher incomes, support the education of many more children in their communities, and can help build resilience to the effects of climate change, including through sustainable agriculture. Women leaders, actively connected through our peer network, are working together to support each other, and the next generation, to thrive and lead change. Together we tackle hunger, youth unemployment and insecurity, unlocking ever-growing local expertise.

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