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...
Dec 15, 2014

Women are safe, because of you

The situation for women in Iraq is beyond distressing. It is desperate. ISIS, a brutal jihadist group, has made women direct targets of its extremist agenda, forbidding them from going to work, school or even being in public without a male "guardian." One of our local partners told us that women doctors and professionals in Mosul, including her own sister, were publicly whipped for not covering themselves up.

Women have been systemically 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 partners, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), are delivering humanitarian aid and safe passage — even to women in ISIS-controlled areas. Together, we’re operating the only women's safe-house network in northern Iraq for women fleeing sexual violence there.

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. Thanks so much for supporting this life-saving work.

P.S. MADRE’s latest op-ed on our work in Iraq, More Powerful Than ISIS, has been published on the Huffington Post! We were also published in openDemocracy, analyzing "The stories we tell about ISIS and women" and the ways these promote Islamophobia. I hope you’ll take the time to read these pieces and share them with your networks. Thank you!

Nov 25, 2014

Thanks for all your support!

Thank you so much for supporting MADRE’s “Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women” project. With your help, MADRE and our Guatemalan sister organization Muixil established small chicken farms, creating a source of income and food security for over 50 Indigenous Ixil women. Your support also created opportunities for these women to learn about their human rights through MADRE-supported trainings. Because of you:

  • Women with no other source of income have gained economic self-sufficiency
  • By earning an income, women have improved their status within their families and communities. They are now in a stronger position to negotiate the distribution of work in the household and provide positive role models for their daughters and sons.
  • Nutrition is improving, which will ultimately boost maternal and infant survival rates and the overall health of the community.
  • Indigenous women are strengthened as leaders, coming together to attend human rights trainings and plan future community development projects.

On behalf of MADRE and Muixil, thank you for making all this possible!

I want to assure you that although this particular project is ending, MADRE’s partnership with Muixil is not. In fact, we’ll soon be launching a new project on GlobalGiving to support Muixil’s weaving cooperative. The cooperative will be a place for Ixil women to share traditional weaving practices with a younger generation of women, strengthening Ixil culture and community. Instructive sessions will also allow the cooperative to standardize the type and quality of the goods the women sell, enabling women to get a higher market value for their work. We hope to count on your continued support!

Nov 18, 2014

"Teachers are starting to see a difference"

Edna Kaptoyo, member of MADRE's partner organization the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), recently visited the MADRE office to share updates on the work that IIN is anchoring with women and girls in Kenya. When we asked Edna for an update on the Nanyori Shelter Network, she told us that on a recent trip to one of the schools, a teacher told her "These girls always look forward to your visit." Edna was really touched by these words. That's because with your support, IIN is offering these girls more than just school supplies. They are teaching them lessons in self-confidence, motivating them to face challenges, helping them learn from one another, and encouraging them to step up as leaders. "We've become like a big sister to these girls," Edna told us. "And the teachers are starting to see a difference."

And that’s not all. Our partners at IIN are working closely with older girls who have finished their schooling to make sure that they share their experiences with younger girls from their communities. After completing their schooling, the older girls were motivated and encouraged to go to work to help improve their communities. The older girls want to share this and carry it forward to the younger ones. IIN has noted that this process of sharing has helped motivate the younger girls to do well in school so that they can work in their communities too. Recently, IIN met with a group of older girls to brainstorm how this sharing practice can be enhanced further to reach out to more girls in secondary and university levels.

Thanks so much for supporting this important work! With your help, these young girls have the confidence to pursue their education and the support to grow into community leaders.

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