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...
Aug 20, 2015

A Worried Call from Rose

(c) Wangki Tangni
(c) Wangki Tangni

We just got a call from Rose Cunningham. She's the leader of Wangki Tangni, MADRE’s sister organization in Nicaragua, and she’s worried. That's because a group of locals have started gold mining at Mocon beach, right next to the Harvesting Hope gardens.

“They are using mercury in the gold mining process,” Rose told us. "That risks of contaminating the nearby soil and water.” Rose and the Indigenous women farmers worry that their fruit and vegetable harvests will be harmed.

Rose has reached out to the miners. She hopes to convince them to move their work further away from the water supply to lessen risk of contamination. And they are putting a plan in place to ensure the safety of their crops. She told us that she will keep us posted of any developments as they come. We’ll be sure to share them with you.

Meanwhile, here is a photo from a recent farmers market where the women farmers sell their produce.

Thank you for your support of this project!

Aug 20, 2015

New Radio Broadcasts on Indigenous Women's Rights

Hundreds of women travel for days, on boats and by foot, just for the chance to hear each other. That's the Indigenous Women's Forum, organized each October by Wangki Tangni, MADRE’s partner on Nicaragua's North Atlantic Coast. Together, these women share their challenges and create solutions.

This year before the Forum, Wangki Tangni plans to create and broadcast brand new radio segments. They're choosing topics important to women in the community, including sexual and reproductive rights, and political participation. They will also share information on the support services and resources for women facing abuse. Women will be able to listen to these broadcasts as they prepare for the Forum. Then, at the Forum, they will have the chance to discuss what they heard on the radio, ask any questions, and learn more during workshops.

At the Forum, Wangki Tangni also hopes to distribute 200 new solar-powered radios. That way, even more women will have access to vital information on violence against women and their human rights.

Thanks so much for your support of this important project. We look forward to sharing updates with you from the Forum!

Aug 14, 2015

Conversations with Survivors of Sexual Violence

It’s possible to offer a new life to young girl survivors of sexual violence. That’s exactly what MADRE and our partners at Taller de Vida do. Together, we provide trauma counseling, art therapy and more to young women and girls who have seen the worst of war. And we strengthen and empower young women to advocate for their rights.

Earlier this year, MADRE traveled to Colombia to visit with some of the young girls we work with. We spoke to a group of young girl survivors about their healing journey through Taller de Vida programs and about where they see themselves in the future. We wanted to share some of their reflections with you now.

“Taller de Vida is very important to me. We not only learn how to be a person, we learn what people need. It’s more than a life project. It’s about sharing and personal growth. To succeed at things, you don’t just need to think, you need to act.”

“Before [Taller de Vida], I didn’t know much. Why I existed? How to move forward? But now, I leave the past behind and move forward. I’ve learned many great things.”

“When I arrived, I got knowledge, advice, learned to accept myself and my qualities. Little by little, I’m making my dreams a reality. I want to learn more and keep moving forward.”

“I didn’t know what to do in life. I felt alone. It’s cool for me to come here. I learn to move forward and fight for my dreams.”

“Taller de Vida teaches us to share, create a life project, and value people. It’s a blessing because it teaches us how to be thankful.”

“Before I got here, I was a girl who didn’t know who I was. No one valued me. But then I can here and learned many things. I learned to value myself. Now I know who I am.”

“Before arriving, I was a very sad girl. I was alone and didn’t like to do things with people. What I’ve learned is to love myself. I don’t want to dislike who I am. I learned to support myself and respect others. I want all the girls here to feel love and know they can do a lot in their life. I want to continue studying. I’ve learned that yes, we can succeed.”

Thank you for supporting this important project! With your help, these young girls are benefiting from a community of support. What’s more, through counseling and art therapy, they are beginning to heal from the traumas they’ve endured. With your support, they are reimagining their life from one of violence to one of peace. Thank you for making this possible!

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