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...
Oct 9, 2014

Thanks to you

These days, the situation for women in Iraq is beyond terrifying. ISIS, a brutal jihadist group, has made women a direct target of its extremist agenda, forbidding them from going to work, school or even being in public without a male "guardian." Even more horrifying is that women have been systematically raped, kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery by and for ISIS fighters.

Large aid agencies and governments have not been able to reach ISIS-controlled areas to deliver urgently-needed humanitarian aid and shelter for these women — but you have.

Thanks to your support, MADRE and our local partner, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), are delivering humanitarian aid and seeking to provide safe passage — even to women in ISIS-controlled areas. Together with your support, we’re operating the only women's safe-house for women fleeing sexual violence in northern Iraq. Thank you for making this possible.

With your help, women in Iraq have access to safety and to the services they need to rebuild their lives out of crisis and into peace. Thank you. We can’t do this work without you.

To learn more about MADRE’s work in Iraq, please visit our website.

Oct 1, 2014

Midwives for Peace in the News

MADRE’s partner group Midwives for Peace was recently profiled in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The article by Judy Maltz, “Arab and Jewish midwives find a common language,” talks about the group’s latest gathering. Their meeting fell during the recent 50-day war between Israel and Gaza. Normally, it is a time to share their successes and challenges of midwifery. This time around, their meeting had a different tone.

“We’ve been through wars before, but none as big as this,” Gomer, the Israeli coordinator of the group is quoted as saying. “And also, we know each other a lot better now — we’re friends already, which makes it even harder.”

The women used this opportunity to share their experiences during this latest war. They spoke of the pain of losing friends in Gaza and the fear of losing children in combat. These women still gathered together, despite the magnitude of the conflict around them. That fact is a testament to their joint commitment to peace. As Barbara, an Israeli member of the group, is quoted as saying, although they didn’t reach any solutions, “it made me realize how important it is that groups like this exist.”

Thank you for your support of Midwives for Peace!

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.

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