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...
Nov 15, 2013

Reflections on a visit to Voices for Justice

Recently, Doris Loayza, an MA Candidate at New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies visited MADRE’s sister organization CHIRAPAQ in Peru. While there, she learned more about the MADRE-supported “Voices for Justice” radio program with Indigenous Peoples. She recently wrote about her trip in a blog post on CHIRAPAQ’s website. As supporters of this project, we’d like to share a short excerpt with you now:

“I was especially impressed by the wonderful group of producers in Huanta, how enthusiastic, well-organized and open they were with me, and the pride they have for their Quechua language and roots...it is the most important part of their identity. And that is the reason why Quechua radio is still an important part of life in Andean towns…”

Click here to read Doris’ full blog post on the CHIRAPAQ website.

Thank you for your continued support of this important program. With your backing, Voices for Justice allows rural Indigenous women to develop an innovative new means to share knowledge and disseminate information to their communities, important steps in promoting their culture and demanding their rights.

Nov 13, 2013

Girls at the KOFAVIV Center Learn to Regain Trust

Girls engage in trust-building exercises
Girls engage in trust-building exercises

In our last update, we shared stories of survival from young girls who attend KOFAVIV’s Saturday workshops. Every Saturday, Espas Timoun (Children’s Space) continues to host day-long workshops for young women between the ages of 15 and 22, many of whom are survivors of sexual violence. At the workshops, the girls continue to receive trauma counseling and engage in rehabilitation activities.

The KOFAVIV Center is open to the young girls six days a week and has become a haven where they can socialize, speak with peer educators and build their self-esteem as well as develop new interests, friendships and marketable skills. The program provides the girls with a hot meal and a stipend to cover their transportation to and from the Center. The girls also have access to the Center’s nurse and are accompanied to a health center when they need medical attention. More importantly, in addition to the immediate help provided through the workshop, the girls build friendships and support systems with each other that keep them pushing forward.

Every third Saturday of the month, the girls, divided into four groups of seven or eight, take part in counseling sessions with KOFAVIV’s in-house therapist. These sessions are crucial in helping the girls deal with the traumatic experiences they’ve faced, build back their self-esteem and trust in others, and most importantly, heal. In addition to sharing their stories, the girls engage in trust exercises like the one pictured here so that they can learn to lean on each other for support. The exercises remind the girls that they are not alone. With the help of KOFAVIV and each other they are reminded that there is hope—that they can change their lives for the better.

Thank you for supporting this crucial work!

Oct 30, 2013

Al Mousawat Radio Reopens!

Since our last update OWFI has continued their tireless efforts in demanding equality and empowering women across Iraq. We are thrilled to announce that OWFI was able to reopen their radio station, Al Mousawat (Equality) Radio! The station was shut down in November 2012 after a car bomb exploded outside of the headquarters, in an attack not targeted at OWFI. The explosion caused structural damage to the building as well as damage to the generator.

But thanks to the support of people like you, Al Mousawat Radio is back on the air, broadcasting news updates and educational programs to over 9 million listeners in Baghdad and surrounding cities! OWFI uses the radio to strengthen women’s abilities to claim rights and play a positive role in rebuilding their country. Thank you for your continued support in this crucial and meaningful work in the struggle for equality!

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