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When we traveled to Nicaragua recently to meet with our grassroots partners, Wangki Tangni, we joined a march against violence against women in their Indigenous territories.Together, we demanded every woman’s right to a life free of violence and to protect their environment as climate defenders. Climate change is a global threat, and poor, rural and Indigenous women are hardest hit. That's why we work with them.They are impacted first and worst by the food shortages, droughts, floods and diseases linked to this growing danger. But they are more than victims. They are sources of solutions, inventing innovative, locally-rooted responses. Our message was that women are key to protecting their environment and community. Through our Women Climate Defenders initiative, MADRE’s grassroots partners enable their communities to adapt to climate change. They build clean water systems to guard against drought and seed banks to preserve future harvests. And we bring grassroots women's voices to influence national and international climate policy discussions.