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...
Apr 29, 2014

The Afghan Women's Survival Fund Thanks You

MADRE’s Afghan Women’s Survival Fund provides shelter and services to women and girl survivors of violence, including sexual violence. With the help of your unwavering support, our brave partners on the ground work in 10 provinces in Afghanistan and have served over 10,000 women and girls through their shelters and support centers.

The shelters and support centers are a safe haven for the women and girls who have faced egregious acts of violence and have been shamed and shunned away from their families. Through the Afghan Women’s Survival Fund, these survivors have access to a wide range of support services to help them back on their feet: they meet with lawyers and counselors; learn how to read and write and participate in life-skills and vocational classes. Just like our partner’s work in Iraq, these centers are essential to provide the necessary support to help survivors of life-threatening violence heal physically and emotionally from the trauma they have faced.

Once again, we thank you for all of your support and helping us reach our goal to fund this important project!

Apr 7, 2014

Midwives for Peace: In Their Own Words

Midwives for Peace is a network of Palestinian and Israeli midwives, supported by MADRE. They work together to promote peace and protect the health of mothers in the West Bank.

In February, the midwives gathered for their quarterly meeting. These gatherings are an opportunity for the midwives to share updates on their work and talk about successes. They also discuss challenges and plan for the future.

In their February meeting, the midwives asked themselves a question. “How does participating in the group affect us and our work?” They sent some of their thoughts to us, which we would like to share with you now:

“As midwives, the work that we do has the power to change communities.”

“The Palestinian community faces many difficulties. We provide a space that empowers our Palestinian members to share their experiences of suffering and bullying at Israeli checkpoints. And our work is very important in improving the health of Palestinian mothers and babies.”

The next quarterly meeting will take place in May. We look forward to sharing more updates from that meeting. Thank you for supporting this important work!

Mar 19, 2014

A successful year for the Women Farmers Union!

A Women Farmers Union member watering her crops
A Women Farmers Union member watering her crops
Thanks to your generous support, we have great news! Last year, the Women Farmers Union benefited more than 5,000 women farmers and their families.
The Union is active in about 50 villages throughout the El Gadarif region of Sudan. In 2013, the Union distributed more than 5,000 agricultural tools. What's more, the members of the Union were able to farm more than 81,000 acres of land.
As we move forward in 2014, we hope that you will continue to support the crucial work of the Women Farmers Union.
Your support empowers women farmers and increases their options to provide for their families.
Thank you! 
Women Farmers Union members gather for a training
Women Farmers Union members gather for a training

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