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...
Sep 12, 2013

MADRE Sends Support to Taller de Vida

Thanks to the generous support of people like you, MADRE recently sent support to our partners at Taller de Vida for their lifesaving programs with former child soldiers.

With this support, Taller de Vida will be able to continue providing psychosocial counseling and educational training to Colombia’s Afro-descendant and Indigenous youth who are affected by Colombia’s armed conflict. Taller de Vida will also continue running their art therapy program, where young girls and boys displaced by war and poverty can participate in theater, dance, capoeira and photography classes as a means of expressing their feelings and frustrations through creative outlets. With your support, these youth are developing their self-expression and their talents in the art, and working together to envision and create a culture of peace.

Thank you for supporting this important project!

Sep 9, 2013

Girls shouldn't have to marry to stay alive

I met Mona, a Syrian refugee, when I was in Jordan. She had recently married off her 16-year-old daughter to a 50-year-old man. She told me that by far, it was the hardest thing she had ever done. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and vowed to do all she could to shield her 13-year-old, Yasmin, from the same fate.

I got news a couple of days ago that Yasmin is now married, too.

Refugee families like Mona’s arrive in Jordan with no more than the clothes on their backs. Struggling to survive, selling their daughters into marriage is seen for many as their only choice. And Syrian girls becoming brides are getting younger and younger, threatening their health and wellbeing.

Yasmin, like so many girls forced to marry, can become pregnant while she’s still too young to carry safely.  If that happens, she’ll be in danger of life-long injury, organ damage, and even death during childbirth. Coupled with the abuse that she may suffer at the hands of her much older husband, the life she’s bound to lead is not one that any young girl should have to endure.

The good news is that through your support of MADRE, you’re helping girls like Yasmin.
We’re working with a local Jordanian women’s group, to meet the urgent needs of Syrian refugees. Our partner’s local roots mean that they know where the most vulnerable refugees are, particularly women and children, and how to reach them.

With your support, we can help refugee families get food, water and other basic services and relieve the terrible economic pressure that drives these families to make marriages for their young daughters.
Thank you for supporting this life-saving work!

P.S. MADRE is also working to save lives inside of Syria. Click here to learn more.

Sep 4, 2013

Shots Fired at MADRE Partner's Home

Shots Fired at Haitian Human Rights Defender’s Home

Escalating violence against KOFAVIV founder and 2012 CNN Hero

August 26, 2013—New York, NY— Early Friday morning, a group of armed men arrived at the home of Malya Villard Appolon, General Coordinator of KOFAVIV, a Haitian grassroots women’s organization and long-time MADRE partner. The assailants fired gunshots at Ms. Villard Appolon’s house, leaving several bullet holes in her front gate and striking and breaking her front doorbell. The attackers returned later while police were at the scene, but officers were unable to make an arrest or apprehend the shooters.

“We are being attacked for trying to change something some people do not want changed,” said Marie Eramithe Delva, co-founder of KOFAVIV, in a statement to MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind. “We are being punished for defending women who are abused and for publicly speaking for women and children who cannot speak for themselves. They won’t stop until they silence us.”

This attack is the latest in series of escalating threats against KOFAVIV workers and their families. Unknown attackers have killed Ms. Villard-Appolon’s dogs, entered her home without permission and attempted to obtain information about her whereabouts, and appeared at the KOFAVIV office and both Ms. Villard-Appolon’s and Ms. Delva’s personal residences demanding money.

Both Ms. Villard Appolon’s and Ms. Delva’s children have been followed, making it unsafe for them to attend school. Since March 2012, there have been several kidnapping attempts aimed at both Ms. Villard Appolon’s children and Ms. Delva’s children. Ms. Villard Appolon herself was held at gunpoint in 2010 and paid a ransom to be allowed to return to her family. Ms. Delva and Ms. Villard Appolon are outspoken survivors of politically-motivated beatings and sexual assaults.

MADRE strongly condemns the actions of the perpetrators who terrorized the home of Ms. Villard Appolon, as well as the escalation of aggression against KOFAVIV’s members and defenders of human rights throughout Haiti.

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