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...
May 14, 2015

Take My Body Out of the War

Photo 1 (c) Taller de Vida
Photo 1 (c) Taller de Vida

MADRE and Taller de Vida, our Colombian partner organization, use art therapy and counseling to empower former child soldiers and survivors of sexual violence to rebuild from the traumas they’ve endured, to seek justice and to demand an end to violence.

Below are three photos and quotes from the “Take my body out of the war" campaign, an initiative using photography and other expressive art mediums to help former girl child soldiers express themselves artistically and share their experiences of armed conflict.

Thank you for supporting this important project! With your support, girls and young women who have survived sexual violence are healing from the traumas they have endured and benefiting from a vital community of support.

Photo 1: "Silence stayed with me, they caught me. When I was 7 years old … I could not prevent them from taking over my body. Today, I am 17 years old. Never again will I let someone possess my body and I will decide who to love."

Photo 2: "I did not decide. My father decided for me. Instead of letting me go to the park, he gave me to the guerrillas. I turned wild … resentful … I was not a person. Why was everyone indifferent and did not look for me and rescue me? I was only 12 years old."

Photo 3: "Innocence, silence and pain. We lived in the countryside, I was 7 years old, we were playing … but then the biggest horror of my life started. They began to touch me, and I did not say anything for fear of everything."

Photo 2 (c) Taller de Vida
Photo 2 (c) Taller de Vida
Photo 3 (c) Taller de Vida
Photo 3 (c) Taller de Vida
May 12, 2015

Nepal Hit Again - We Need You

(c) WOREC
(c) WOREC

You may have seen the terrible news – yet another earthquake has struck Nepal.

More than a thousand people are injured. Now, even more people than before are without homes, taking refuge in the street and under flimsy tents.

Our grassroots partners in Nepal haven’t stopped since the first earthquake and its aftershocks. For almost three weeks, they’ve been hard at work delivering food, medical kits, tents, water purification supplies and more – and with this new disaster, their urgent aid is needed more than ever.

Your support helps make grassroots women's crucial efforts possible. Give today to help local women leaders, like our sisters in Nepal, respond immediately to disaster.

Your gift to our Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund supports women first responders — the lifelines of their communities. You help guarantee that – no matter where in the world disaster strikes, like today's devastating earthquake in Nepal – women in danger have your support.

It’s impossible to predict exactly when and where a catastrophe like an earthquake will strike. But one thing is certain. Women are not just passive victims in disaster. They are vital rescuers.

Just last night, I heard from one of our sisters in a community just outside Kathmandu. Storms bringing rain and hail are making life in the tents impossible — and monsoon season is on the way. She told me that they had to rush and rescue a mother with her newborn baby from a tent being pounded by the storm. That mother had been discharged from a hospital with no place to go, her home destroyed.

But MADRE support made it possible to reach her and her baby with dry clothing and shelter. Your gift today will help make sure that she, and others like her, continue to receive food, medical aid, clean water and more.

Please make a donation to our Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund today.

Thank you,

Yifat Susskind

May 7, 2015

Snapshots from Our Sisters in Nepal

(c) WOREC
(c) WOREC

“We have named this campaign Sneha, meaning love.”

Our grassroots partners at the organization WOREC have been delivering lifesaving aid like food, clothing, tents and medical kits to Nepal’s earthquake survivors in ten different districts. And the name they gave their campaign reveals exactly what drives their tireless work.

Thank you for helping them to turn their love for Nepal’s women and families into action. Here are more photos and updates from our sisters mobilizing the Sneha Campaign.

In one community in Kavre district, our partners found 60 people from 10 families staying in a single tent. Going from community to community, they saw this reality repeated. Among these survivors were often young children and breastfeeding mothers. These mothers face the risk of sickness and infection without a clean and secure way to breastfeed. WOREC has provided them with “lactating women’s kits,” which include soap, towels, cotton swabs and clean underclothes. They have also distributed staple food items like rice and cooking oil, along with extra tents for temporary shelter.

Responding to this urgent need, our partners have created a center for mothers with newborns where they will receive food and care – a safe space. Women there can receive counseling services and have a comfortable place – equipped with basic medicines, bedding, clean clothing and more – to care for themselves and their children.

Overwhelmed hospitals have been forced to turn survivors away without treatment. And in many tent camps and communities, our partners noted that there was no medical relief targeted at the particular needs of women and adolescent girls. Our partners at WOREC have provided first aid care for people out of reach of medical services. They have distributed basics like sanitary pads and other feminine hygiene supplies.

Your support enables these women first responders to act quickly and meet the needs of the most marginalized after disaster. Thank you.

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