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...
Mar 11, 2014

Creating a Conflict-Free Future for Colombia

In February, MADRE's Program Director Natalia Caruso and Human Rights Advocacy Coordinator Cassandra Atlas, visited our sister organization Taller de Vida in Bogota, Colombia. While there, three young girls who had escaped armed conflict in Colombia shared what they envision for country's future.

Person 1: Personally, for me, I want that tomorrow be better than today, without so many drugs or violence. I want my Colombia to be free of violence, that's what I want.

Person 2: Me, I want Colombia to be free. That one can go out in the streets fearing nothing...they won't be robbed, killed. They can go out in the streets freely and serenely; they can be breathe serenely. That's what I want for my Colombia.

Person 3: I want that all countries, which are like Colombia, become filled with solidarity, love and other good things.

The girls are part of Taller de Vida's Saquen mi cuerpo de la guerra (“Take my body out of the war”) campaign, an initiative that uses art therapy to encourage former child soldiers to share their traumatic experiences.

Although their faces needed to be concealed due to security concerns, the young girls from Taller de Vida wanted to send a thank you to you for standing by them.

Feb 28, 2014

New Photos from MADRE's Chicken Farms in Guatemala

An Ixil woman with supplies for her chicken coop
An Ixil woman with supplies for her chicken coop

In December, MADRE was thrilled to let you know that the chicken farm project you support expanded to include an additional 50 Indigenous Ixil women from the Quiche region of Guatemala! Each woman has since received chickens and materials to build chicken coops. Ana Ceto, the leader of MADRE’s Guatemalan sister organization Muixil, recently sent photos of the distribution, which we are sharing with you now.

Because of your generous support, these women now have an extra food source and an income to feed their families, send their children to school, and improve their communities. Thanks so much for your support!

Ixil women show off their new chickens
Ixil women show off their new chickens
Ixil women at a training program
Ixil women at a training program
Feb 19, 2014

Thank You for Standing Up for Girls' Education

On February 6, the United Nations commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a harmful practice that endangers the health and well-being of millions of girls and young women around the world. This is a practice that MADRE’s sister organization in Kenya, the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), works hard to prevent through the school and shelter project we run together. With your support, this project provides refuge to young Kenyan girls from pastoralist communities who are escaping FGM and early marriage.

MADRE Program Director Natalia Caruso recently spoke with Lucy Mulenkei, the director of IIN, and she asked us to pass her gratitude on to you for supporting this important project. “We are able to provide the girls with education, counseling and trainings on women’s rights and reproductive and sexual health,” Lucy told us. “Your support helps provide an important and crucial alternative for young girls: a chance to complete their education. Thank you.”

With your continued support, IIN can strengthen their efforts to advocate for girls' education and put an end to FGM and forced early marriage. Thank you!

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