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 21, 2012

Financial support sent to Voices for Justice

We have exciting news to report from Voices for Justice! Just last week, thanks to generous donor support, MADRE was able to send financial support to CHIRAPAQ, our partners in Peru who run the weekly radio program with Indigenous women. With this support, Voices for Justice will be able to continue their radio programming throughout the end of the year and into 2013. CHIRAPAQ uses radio to share information on health, domestic violence, women’s political participation, food security, climate change and more. The program helps rural Indigenous women to develop an innovative way to share knowledge, disseminate information to their communities and conduct public education campaigns. We were so happy to be able to support this vital, innovative project!

Nov 19, 2012

Update from the Field

Last month, MADRE Program Coordinator Sahita Pierre-Antoine was in Haiti, visiting our sisters at KOFAVIV. She spoke with Malya Villard-Appolon, co-founder of KOFAVIV, about the Shoes for Haitian Girls project. We’d like to share those updates with you now:

KOFAVIV’s latest shoe distribution coincided with KOFAVIV’s launch of their Saturday workshops for young teenage girls at risk of sexual exploitation. While speaking with the girls participating in the session, KOFAVIV staff noticed that many of their sandals were completely worn out from the long distances that they walked each day. KOFAVIV donated new shoes and sneakers to the participants so that they could walk comfortably and safely to and from the KOFAVIV Center.


The girls who participate in the Saturday workshops do not live with their families. They have been left to fend for themselves, and many are struggling to do so. Most—if not all—of the girls have turned to transactional sex (exchanging sex for basics such as a meal, shelter, or daily supplies) to provide for themselves, and sometimes for their children. Most of these girls are under 21 years of age and have left school before reaching high school. Many want to go back to school to learn and to help secure a better future, but socio-economic circumstances prevent them from doing so.

KOFAVIV offers them a place of solace where they can participate in various arts and crafts activities as well as group therapy sessions. They can talk openly to KOFAVIV counselors and peer mentors about their troubles. They are also able to meet other young girls their age who are facing the same issues. They learn skills such as hair dressing, jewelry making, t-shirt printing and other income-generating skills, and receive a hot meal and a snack for the day.

One of the main objectives of these Saturday sessions is for KOFAVIV to reassure these young girls that they have not been forgotten and that they should not give up hope.

Nov 7, 2012

Giti's Story

Giti’s midwife learned that Giti’s husband by an arranged marriage had raped her several times a day, demanding that she produce a son. When Giti became pregnant, her husband threatened to kill her and the baby if a daughter was born.

Before delivery, the midwife alerted MADRE to activate the Afghan Women’s Survival Fund. With our support, the underground escape network sprang into action. Moments after the girl was born, a male activist waiting nearby in a car whisked Giti away to a nearby safe house. This heroic driver risked his life by posing as Giti’s male relative (it’s required by custom that a woman only be in a car with a male who is a relative) as well as by aiding in her escape.

MADRE members were right there with them as they made their way to freedom. Your gifts provided fuel for the car, medical help, clothing, diapers and necessities for the baby, cell phones, funds for safe emergency housing and so many other costs needed to coordinate covert escape.

MADRE also helped Giti’s baby come into the world safely through our support of “safe birth” medical kits containing basic supplies that our midwife partners urgently need. Afghan maternal mortality rates are the second highest in the world!

The good news is that Giti and her baby girl are now living in a safe place in the capital city of Kabul. Our partners will see that she and her baby have the means to start a new life. We want all our stories to end this well.

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