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Women-Led Climate Resilience

Climate change threatens health and health systems in the communities where we work. Extreme weather caused by climate change is growing more severe, creating barriers to sexual and reproductive health and rights and exacerbating the inequities women and girls face every day. We have seen how often the world’s toughest challenges are solved by investing in women and girls. To meet the gravest threat to our planet today, we must activate our greatest untapped resource: the resourcefulness, know-how, and leadership of women and girls.

Pathfinder elevates women and girls as changemakers in their communities, engaging them to lead resilient, local, and rights-based solutions to climate adaptation. Our commitment to women’s leadership of climate adaptation, our conviction in the power of local community-based solutions, and our passion for innovation and partnership across sectors drive our women-led climate resilience programs. We are working with women and girls to share their insights—accelerating adaptation, furthering climate justice, and advancing reproductive rights. When women lead, a healthier planet follows.

“Pathfinder supports the important role that women play in community resilience, when supported by sexual and reproductive health and rights, to be problem-solvers in the face of climate change.” – Lois Quam, President and CEO

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Heat and drought affect food security, water access, sanitation, and air quality, severely compromising maternal and newborn health.

Women walking longer distances to secure water are more vulnerable to sexual violence.

Girls drop out of school to take on additional responsibilities in rebuilding following disasters.

Distressed families may marry off young girls to secure wealth.

What We Do

  • Meet unmet needs for contraception and sexual and reproductive health care, essential to women’s and girls’ agency.
  • Invest in girls’ agency, education, and literacy, including climate awareness.
  • Support women’s engagement and leadership in local resilience planning.
  • Strengthen the capacity of health systems to prepare for and effectively manage health risks due to climate change.

Discover Our Projects

I am Resilient, I am Change

I am Resilient, I am Change engages women and girls to help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change. The project engages communities in climate adaptation, increases access to sexual and...

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PREPARE-BURKINA

PREPARE-BURKINA strengthens health systems, builds community resilience, and supports vulnerable communities to prepare for and manage recurrent crises and pursue sustainable pathways out of...

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Meet Our Staff

Madiha Latif

Project Manager

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Barbara Merz

Managing Director, Empowerment Funds

Barbara Merz is an experienced senior strategist and development expert. As Pathfinder’s Managing Director of Empowerment Funds, Barbara leads the design and strategy for Women-led Climate...

Ruth Ngechu

Global Engagement Director

Ruth is a seasoned, senior leader in public health with 20 years of experience in initiating and cementing strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations, multilateral partners (including...

Erick Gonzalez

Special Assistant to the President and CEO

Erick Gonzalez is Special Assistant to the CEO, working closely with CEO Lois Quam in the President’s Office.  Erick is a mission-focused, international non-profit management professional with...

Together, we can ensure a path forward for all.

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