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...
Dec 4, 2013

KOFAVIV's Vision for Ending Violence Against Women

MADRE’s sister organization in Haiti, KOFAVIV, has been hard at work in their attempts to combat the widespread violence against women in their country. Despite substantial progress, they still face obstacles in their fight for a life free from violence. However, these difficulties do not stop their ambition to ensure that women are granted the full range of human rights.

In a recent interview with KOFAVIV, they shared with us their vision to end violence against women stating, “Within KOFAVIV, we hope to see new, more effective laws to punish rapists and we would like to see commitment from the Haitian government regarding the international human rights conventions, specifically the rights of women and girls.”

KOFAVIV works hard to bring awareness to their communities through organized activities to help engage the population in a commitment to stop violence against women. But, as they inform us, “there is still a lot to do…we still need reinforcements in order to continue accompanying survivors, to continue providing medical help, legal help, psychosocial help and to maintain our training projects for girls living in forced prostitution situations.”

With your continued support we can help transform KOFAVIV’s vision to end violence against women into a reality!

Dec 2, 2013

The Chicken Farms are Expanding Even More!

We are extremely excited to let you know that thanks to your support, MADRE and Muixil, our Guatemalan sister organization, were able to expand our chicken farming project for the second time this year! An additional 50 Indigenous Ixil women participants from the Indigenous communities of Nebaj, Chajul and Cotzal will each receive three chickens and materials to build chicken coops. That means that this year alone, you have helped 100 women start their own chicken farms, securing food for their families and earning incomes to send their children to school – thank you!

We are also happy to report that the 50 Indigenous Ixil women who have been participating in the project since the spring of this year continue to successfully run their small chicken farms. Thanks to your support, this project continues to grow. Most importantly, it has ensured that impoverished Ixil women now have the means to provide for their families.

We look forward to sharing even more future successes from the chicken farming project!

Nov 25, 2013

Thank you for everything

When MADRE first began our work with our sister organization Womankind Kenya to help families fleeing the deadly famine in Somalia, women faced a struggle each day to keep their children alive.

Many sought refuge in camps just over the border in Kenya, only to find that these camps were overcrowded and lacked sufficient resources to help them survive. Many women and children instead settled in nearby villages that were no better off than the refugee camps themselves.

Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji, director of Womankind Kenya worked hard to ensure that these women and children on the outskirts received aid and services. Thanks to your support, Womankind Kenya and MADRE were able to provide 2,700 starving families with water, maize, beans, cooking oil and calorie-dense food to combat severe malnutrition and hunger and save lives. Additionally, thanks to you, refugee families were provided with health kits that contained medicines to fight deadly diarrhea and infections, and oral rehydration salts to stave off dehydration. Thank you for supporting this vital, lifesaving work!

MADRE is still standing with our sisters in East Africa for the long haul. We’re reprioritizing our work to focus on long-term solutions, so that local communities, including refugee families, have life-sustaining medical care for themselves and their families.

Click here to learn more about MADRE’s projects with women and families on GlobalGiving and how you can get involved.

Thank you again for your support of this truly life-saving work!

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