MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

MADRE's mission is to advance women's human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. MADRE works towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives. MADRE's vision is enacted with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the various issues we address and by a commitment to working in partnership with women at the local, regional and international levels who share our go...
Sep 15, 2014

Aid and Shelter for Women Fleeing ISIS

When ISIS militants invaded Iraq earlier this summer, the whole world was taken by surprise. No government or big aid agency was prepared for the crisis. But because of you, we were able to respond immediately. Thanks to our on-the-ground partners who are able to reach Iraqi communities other organizations cannot, we were able to send emergency aid, including food, water and medical care to women and children most in need.

For example, the UN and other large relief groups have not been able to get aid into the town of Samarra, currently surrounded by ISIS forces. But just last month with your support and through the local connections of our partners at the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), we were able to deliver food packages and other aid to 120 families there.

And that’s not all you’re helping us do. As deadly violence against women by ISIS intensifies, we’ve continued to expand our secret shelter services. Your support enabled us to open the only women’s shelter in ISIS-controlled northern Iraq, offering vital emergency refuge to women escaping rape, kidnapping and forced marriage.

Thank you. Your support truly strengthens our sisters in Iraq who are working around the clock to respond to this urgent crisis.

Aug 29, 2014

Ixil Women Emerge as Community Leaders

When women can meet their community’s most basic needs for food, clean water, healthcare and more, it is just a first step. They are also empowered to step up as leaders. And the chicken farming project that you support through MADRE is making that happen.

MADRE runs a chicken farming project with Muixil, our partner organization in Guatemala. Through this project, Indigenous Ixil women receive tools and materials to run small chicken farms. This does more than supplement their families’ diets. It also paves their way towards economic independence by selling eggs and chickens at local markets.

Our partners report that they have gained more stability to provide for their families. Now, they are ready for the next step. The members of Muixil have begun to demand involvement in their community's decisions. They want to take action to effect positive changes.

However, in these Ixil communities, women have been typically excluded from political participation and decision-making spaces. This is because of discriminatory patriarchal values and the belief that a woman’s place is in the house.

The women at Muixil want to change that. They want to educate themselves on their rights, learn how to become leaders and advocate for their voices to be heard. And your support will help! Through a series of workshops to be held in the coming months, these women will learn about their civic participation. They will work to become recognized active leaders in their communities.

By doing so, these women will continue to fight for real social change and move towards a safer and healthier community. Your contribution is making a difference! Thank you so much for your support!

Aug 20, 2014

Support Students as They Finish the School Year

As the start of the school year approaches here in the US, the young girl students at the Nanyori Shelter Network are also entering their third and final trimester before their final break in November. They are the lucky ones. Most of the girls their age from the pastoral communities of Kenya do not get to attend or complete their primary and secondary education. Many are responsible for household chores while others are forced into marriage as a way for their families to get money from their dowries.


The Indigenous Information Network (IIN) works to support the girls who are at the Nanyori Shelter Network to further their formal education. They also learn about issues affecting their communities such as HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as female genital mutilation. Most importantly, IIN works at the community level, with parents, grandparents, and leaders, to place emphasis on the value of educating young girls.


With your support, IIN can continue to provide such important training and access to education, as well as offer essential items that the girls may not be able to afford such as school supplies and feminine hygiene products.


Your contribution of $25 can guarantee school supplies and feminine hygiene products to one girl student at the Nanyori Shelter Network for this last trimester of her school year. With $100, IIN can organize a small workshop on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Thank you for your continuous support!

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