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 24, 2011

Seeds, Tools and Even Rain for Women Farmers in Sudan

c. Zenab
c. Zenab

Just a few weeks ago, it rained in the communities of the Women Farmers’ Union in Sudan—welcome news! It has been a productive month, and we’d like to share some of the updates we’ve received from our partners at Zenab for Women in Development.

With MADRE support, Zenab was able to purchase seeds for the upcoming planting season. Najla, a young woman leader with Zenab, oversaw the distribution of sesame, millet and sorghum seeds to over 2,000 women across 50 communities.

What’s more, with your help, the Women Farmers’ Union was able to purchase a wide tractor disk to aid in plowing. Remember when we gave you the good news that they had bought a tractor? Now, with the new wide tractor disk, they will be able to increase their efficiency in harvesting crops even more. It will greatly cut back on the time it takes to plow.

Sep 14, 2011

Indigenous Women Organize around Guatemalan Elections

After last Sunday’s elections in Guatemala, the top presidential candidates are heading for a run-off—and MADRE is working with our sister organization Muixil to make sure that Indigenous Mayan women’s voices are heard. With the MADRE support that you made possible, Muixil held voter education workshops for women in the geographically isolated region of El Quiche, to teach them about their opportunities for political participation.

Indigenous Peoples, particularly the Quiche region, were deliberately targeted with violence and human rights violations during Guatemala’s decades of civil war. Thousands of women and families were displaced. These communities have long been cut off from political decision-making, denied the education, resources and access to participate fully in elections.

In these voter education workshops, our partners at Muixil informed participants about each presidential candidate and their policy proposals. They provided Indigenous women with vital information about the documents they would need and the steps to take to cast their vote.

As Guatemala moves to elect a new president, women are organizing to make sure their needs are met and their demands are heard. Thank you for helping give them the tools to make their voices heard!

Photo Credit: MADRE

Sep 12, 2011

Emergency Aid for Families in Famine-Hit Communities

We have great news from our partners at Womankind Kenya! Thanks to your support, they have had the resources to respond to famine in the hard-hit region of Garissa in northeastern Kenya.

In Garissa, Womankind Kenya has distributed food aid to four local villages: Kamoor, Noor, Diiso and Jarirood. As a result, 2,700 families have received life-saving supplies of maize, beans and cooking oil.

As the famine intensifies, Somali women and families have sought refuge in the camps across the border in Kenya. But often overwhelmed camps do not have the resources to meet the need, and local Kenyan communities struggle to extend support to Somali refugees—as they fight for their own survival. The effects on children are especially terrible; our partners told us that over a quarter of children in Garissa are malnourished and in need of immediate food relief.

That’s why Womankind Kenya’s support—and yours—is so invaluable. Each household in the communities of Garissa they reach received 26 pounds of maize flour, 20 pounds of beans and 1.5 liters of cooking oil.

With your support, many more lives can be saved. Join our efforts today.

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