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...
Feb 11, 2014

Update from Saturday Workshops for Young Girls

Young girls participating at the Saturday Workshop
Young girls participating at the Saturday Workshop

KOFAVIV, MADRE’s sister organization in Haiti, firmly believes in equipping the women they serve with the information they need to reclaim, exercise, and advocate for their rights. And this is no different for the young girls who participate in their Saturday workshops. In addition to trauma counseling, skills building and other rehabilitation activities, these young survivors of violence also participate in trainings and activities that focus on women’s human rights. By developing knowledge of their rights, KOFAVIV gives these young girls the tools they need to become empowered and to advocate for other girls who have faced similar traumas and violence.

The Saturday workshop project has nurtured the growth of young women’s rights activists. Last year, we shared with you the story of “Minou”, a young girl who less than a year into her participation in the workshops became a KOFAVIV outreach worker. Using her personal experiences to engage and motivate her peers, she now provides peer counseling and mentoring to other young girls at the Center. And our partners recently told us that many other girls like Minou have expressed an enthusiastic interest in becoming more active members in the organization.

With your support, KOFAVIV can continue to provide the crucial services to help these girls overcome the trauma of sexual violence and grow into empowered young activists who will fight to put an end to violence against women and girls.

Jan 7, 2014

Middle East Health Delegation

In November 2013, MADRE supported a women’s health delegation to the Middle East to provide both urgent care and to support local women’s health workers in the region, including our partners at Midwives for Peace. The delegation delivered supplies to local women's organizations supporting Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Syrian refugees in Jordan. Donated supplies included: prenatal vitamins, sterile towels, sterile gloves and alcohol preps, pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins and iron tablets, urinalysis tubes and tests, and Pedialyte. These supplies are crucial to ensuring safe births for mothers and babies in the West Bank. We couldn’t imagine a better way to end 2013 and we look forward to accomplishing so much more with you in 2014! Thank you for supporting this important project.

Dec 17, 2013

An Oil Miller for Women Farmers in Sudan!

Women farmers with the oil miller
Women farmers with the oil miller

In March, we shared with you that the women of Women Farmers Unite were working hard to obtain a machine to extract oil from their sesame seed and groundnut crops. Thanks to your support, we were recently able to provide 20 women farmers with 100 pounds of seeds and help the women purchase an oil miller!

The women farmers have been dreaming of an oil miller for a long time now. Extracted oil from sesame seeds and groundnuts is a lucrative product in local markets. With their own oil miller, the women farmers have eliminated the need for third party millers, saving time, energy and money. Thanks to your support, over 100 women farmers and their families will benefit from the oil miller! The women farmers will now earn more income to feed their families, send their children to school and invest in their communities. Thank you!

Halema is the leader of the women farmers group in the Gunglisa village. Fatima Ahmed is the director of Zenab for Women in Development, our sister organization in Sudan. Fatima recently spoke with Halema about her participation in the Women Farmers Union.

"This is the true way to women's empowerment," she said to Fatima. "And the oil miller will add value to our product and increase our income to feed our kids."

Thanks so much for supporting this life-sustaining work!

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