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 22, 2011

Campaign to Combat Violence against Women in Haiti

16 Days against Gender-Based Violence

In commemoration of the 16 Days against Gender-Based Violence campaign, MADRE spoke with Eramithe Delva, the co-founder of MADRE’s Haitian sister organization KOFAVIV. Watch the video below to hear her speak about why November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the 16 days, is important to the women of KOFAVIV and what she and the organization as a whole are doing to prevent gender-based violence in Haiti:

Video: Celebrating International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Haiti

Additional Resources

From the myMADRE Blog

In the center of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, women are taking a stand. Today and for the next three days, our sister organization, KOFAVIV, is mobilizing an intensive new campaign to raise awareness and spark action to end violence against women.

It’s all in preparation for this Friday: the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On this day, in Haiti and around the world, we shine a light on the violence women and girls face every day. And we honor women’s invaluable work to combat that violence.

KOFAVIV’s mission has always been to end violence against Haitian women and girls. After the earthquake, as sexual violence surged in the camps, their work became all the more crucial.

Today, at the KOFAVIV Women’s Center, they are holding a photo exhibition depicting life in the camps. They have invited representatives from other local women’s organizations, UN agencies and local authorities.

Tomorrow, they will bring together women from grassroots groups and from national and international organizations. These women will have the opportunity to network together and share their strategies for confronting violence.

And on Friday, KOFAVIV will hold a large rally in Champs-de-Mars, the site of the city’s largest displacement camp. Together, they will speak out with one voice: sexual violence must end.

Click here to view a timeline of accomplishments of MADRE’s work with KOFAVIV in Haiti.

And click on the following link to listen to KOFAVIV’s radio spot calling women to action in their fight against sexual violence: KOFAVIV Radio Spot

Dec 14, 2011

Project Update from MUIXIL

“We represent Ixil women living in poor communities. We don't have enough money to send our children to school, but we have benefited from the chickens. More women from the community would like to be able to receive chickens and feed their families. Many of the women who see how the chicken project is improving their lives and would also like to be able to be a part of the project.” – Doña Maria Victoria, from Chajul community - El Quiche, Guatemala.

Dec 1, 2011

Impact Report: An Update from Womankind Kenya

"When I recently traveled to Kenya, I met with Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji, director of Womankind Kenya. I carried with me a gift from our sisters at Zenab for Women in Development and a letter that the director Fatima Ahmed asked me to deliver. I felt so honored to be able to connect these two women- and to be able to share their story here.

-Yifat Susskind, Executive Director

As famine struck East Africa, our partners at Womankind Kenya mobilized to provide emergency food and water to refugees. The members of the Women Farmers Union in Sudan, founded by MADRE's sister organization Zenab for Women in Development, wrote the following letter to the members of Womankind Kenya.

To Our Sisters at Womankind Kenya,

We stand with you in this time of tragedy and hardship. As women farmers of Sudan, we know what it is like to wait months for rain and to watch our children grow hungry. Every year, when we plant our crops, our families depend on us. Without rain, we have no harvest – we have nothing.

We made our Women Farmers Union so that we could support each other. Before that, the government did not recognize women farmers and gave tools, seeds and training only to the men. So we came together to share our resources and to demand that the government respect our rights.

In eastern Sudan where we live, farming has always been part of our lives. But recently, the droughts have gotten worse, and they come more often. We had to adapt how we farm. This is because of climate change, a danger created mainly by those in the rich countries.

Our friends at MADRE have helped us through the years, when the harvests have been good and also when the rains failed to come. They told us how refugee women and families are fleeing Somalia to Kenya. They told us that what you need are the resources to buy emergency food and water to help them live.

And so we are sending you the money that we saved after our last harvest. Usually, we use these savings to improve our communities. Last year, we put a roof on the local school. But this year, your needs are greater than ours. We are able to send you this money because we joined together as women farmers and made ourselves stronger. We hope you will be able to use this gift to feed your children and strengthen yourselves as women.

We send this to you with our blessings. As mothers and as farmers, the future depends on us.
In solidarity,

Fatima Ahmed, Director of Zenab for Women in Development & The Women Farmers Union Sudan

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