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...
May 15, 2014

Voices for Justice: Radio for Human Rights

Thank you for your support of Sapinchikmanta (or Voices for Justice), an Indigenous radio program in Peru! MADRE is pleased to report that Sapinchikmanta continues to grow.

Sapinchikmanta broadcasts programs that empower Indigenous women and raise awareness on human rights issues. These Quechua communicators are able to transmit their ideas, feelings and world views. They do this without renouncing their ancestral systems of communication.

Currently, Sapinchikmanta is working to strengthen the capacity of those in leadership positions. Our partners there are also conducting trainings on production and broadcasting. They are also participating in an exchange, where each participating radio station observes and learns from the lessons and strategies of others.

Sapinchikmanta is also working towards its ultimate goal: forming a National Indigenous Communication System. In this way, different radio stations can more effectively share strategies and form partnerships. They will be able to collectively consolidate their work in areas from communication to advocacy.

Their work has already contributed to the empowerment of participants and community members. Yene Bellido Béjar, President of the Network of Indigenous Quechua Broadcasters of Ayacucho, expressed this sentiment, “When we use the microphone, we are making use of the power to express ourselves. We do this working collectively, using the radio as tool in defense of our rights.”

Thank you so much for your support!

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!

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