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...
Jun 18, 2015

Aid and Training for Syrian Refugee Women

Thank you so much for your support of MADRE’s Care in Crisis for Syrian Women and Girls. With your support, MADRE and our on-the-ground partners at the Syrian Women’s League (SWL) are there for women and girls refugees targeted with sexual violence.

Thanks to your backing, MADRE and SWL have:

  • Delivered lifesaving aid and services to displaced women and children, including food, clean water, hygiene kits and trauma counseling.
  • Provided 100 women refugees with reproductive health supplies, including IUDs. This enables women to better plan their pregnancies through this vulnerable, insecure time.
  • Delivered over 100 windup flashlights for women and girls living in insecure and unlit camps to help guard against nighttime attacks.
  • Organized 10 trainings, each attended by 20 to 30 participants, to build the capacity of first responders. We provided information to Syrian doctors, nurses, midwives and other providers to identify and treat women and girls survivors of violence and to document their cases for future prosecutions. 

Thank you for your vital support of this project. Because of you, Syrian women and girls have are beginning to heal from the traumas they’ve endured. We can do this work only because we have your support. Thank you!

Jun 11, 2015

Stories from the Women's Peace Farm

Photo 1 (c) OWFI
Photo 1 (c) OWFI

With your support, MADRE and the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) created the Women’s Peace Farm, a shelter for women and families displaced by extremist ISIS violence. At the Peace Farm, women and the children in their care find safe haven. Not only that, they are growing food, earning income and beginning to rebuild their lives.

In a recent conversation with our OWFI activist partners, including director Yanar Mohammed, they shared with us stories and pictures from the Peace Farm.

We’d like to share a few with you now.

Photo 1 - Here’s Yanar with a baby girl born at the Peace Farm. Her mother, Reemah*, arrived at the farm pregnant and alone, after fleeing ISIS violence with only the clothes on her back. The other women at the farm quickly rallied to support her, buying small goods, baby clothes and presents with some money they pooled together.

Today, both mother and baby are healthy and safe, and are benefiting from the community of support they’ve found on the farm. Reemah has found comfort in the new friends she’s made. And she’s growing food and earning income to support her daughter. She didn’t think she’d ever feel safe again after the violence she escaped, but slowly, Reemah is rebuilding a peaceful life.

Photo 2 - Here’s an OWFI staff member with three young girls living at the Peace Farm. One of these young girls is named Asma*. She and her mother escaped from northern Iraq after her family was targeted with deadly ISIS violence. She’s been living at the Farm for a few months. At just 9 years old, Asma has already been through a tremendous amount. But despite the hardships she’s endured, she remains positive, happy and healthy.

What’s more, she’s already an impressive community organizer! Asma goes around the farm asking the other children living there if they have any needs, from socks to books to clothes. She makes a list to share with OWFI staff members and follows up to make sure that the children’s needs are met. Asma is thriving as a budding community organizer. And OWFI is so glad to have Asma, a young activist in the making, advocating for the children at the farm!

Our partners describe the farm as an oasis of hope, where families like Reemah’s and Asma’s can regain the sense of security and safety they’ve lost. The women living at the farm, they say, are united and resilient. The Peace Farm is a true community of support for women and families who have lost everything.

Your support of MADRE is seeing women and children in Iraq through the crisis of war. Thank you so much for making this work possible. We can only do it because we have you standing with us!

*Names have been changed to protect their identity.

Photo 2 (c) OWFI
Photo 2 (c) OWFI
Jun 3, 2015

Indigenous Women Mobilize in Nepal

Thanks to MADRE member support, we continue to respond to the devastating earthquakes that have rocked Nepal.

Two of our on-the-ground Indigenous partners are The Himalayan Grassroots Women’s Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) and the National Indigenous Women's Forum (NIWF).

Together, we're delivering lifesaving aid to remote Indigenous communities off the radar of the large relief efforts. Without our grassroots partners, many of these communities would have no other sources of humanitarian relief. And now, these already weakened communities are at high risk of even more devastation as the monsoon season fast approaches.

MADRE has been in constant contact with our local partners, receiving first-hand updates of the needs on the ground. We just received a report from HIMAWANTI on their progress. They have delivered tents, blankets, soaps, water purifiers and first aid kits. They made sure that the most vulnerable people – like pregnant women, new mothers and disabled persons – receive these vital supplies.

And NIWF told us that MADRE support has brought tents, mattresses, food, clean water purifiers, feminine hygiene supplies and health kits to Indigenous families in the hardest hit areas of Nepal.

Here are two photos from NIWF’s aid distribution. Thank you for the lifesaving work you are making possible for Indigenous women and families in Nepal!

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