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 14, 2014

The Radio as a Tool to Defend Rights

Tarcila Rivera Zea is an inspiring activist for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and President of MADRE’s Peruvian sister organization CHIRAPAQ.

Just this week, she sat down with Natalia Caruso, MADRE’s Program Director, to discuss the future of the Sapinchikmanta (Voices for Justice) Radio Project.

Tarcila reminded us of the importance of finding a way to communicate. Indigenous communities are often not represented in mainstream Peruvian media, and Indigenous women are especially marginalized.

The Sapinchikmanta community radio series is, as Tarcila explains, the “main medium of communication through which Indigenous women who speak Quechua can express themselves to their sisters in the region.”

She went on to say, “The content of this series combines practical and important information on women’s rights and the right to live free of violence, as well as music and songs from their own culture and their own language.” The radio series has acquired a large following of listeners who rely on the program as their principal source of information.

Thank you for your generous support of this project! Not only can CHIRAPAQ continue to host the Sapinchikmanta series, but they also offer training to Indigenous broadcasters. Program participants continue to advocate for their collective rights and for more culturally diverse national radio programming, including programs with a gender focus.

As the President of the Ayacucho Network of Quechua Indigenous Communicators, of which CHIRAPAQ is a member, stated, “When we use the microphone, we are making use of a power to express ourselves and we do it collectively, using the radio as a tool to defend our rights.”

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.

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