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 ...
Aug 11, 2016

Women Farmers in Andris Thank You!

(c) Wangki Tangni
(c) Wangki Tangni

The small community of Andris, Nicaragua still struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Felix devastated the area more than eight years ago. That's because its location, on the North Atlantic Coast near the Caribbean basin, is constantly hit by floods and tropical storms, making it harder and harder for the small, isolated town to recover.

With trees and plants swept away in increasingly violent floods and storms, women farmers there struggle to plant successful harvests to feed their families. They reached out to MADRE and our on-the-ground partners for help. And thanks to you, we were there for them.

MADRE, our local partners and you are helping women farmers from the Andris community to survive. We’ve established nurseries to help reforest and replant their lands that are continually devastated by floods and storms. And we installed a new seed bank in the community so that vegetable seeds don't wash away with storms. Not only that, the seed bank ensures that seeds can be safely stored from one planting season to the next.

What’s more, your support helped us deliver new seeds to women farmers to grow foods including cabbage, corn, tomatoes, rice and beans! Here are some photos from the seed distribution.

Thanks to you, women farmers struggling to survive in Andris have the tools and support they need to feed their families. Thank you so much for supporting this important project!

(c) Wangki Tangni
(c) Wangki Tangni
Aug 3, 2016

Partnering for Peace in Colombia

Last week, MADRE visited our partners in Colombia, Taller de Vida, to launch a new project in El Choco, a community hard hit by decades of war. Together with Taller de Vida, we help women and youth recover from war, through art and activism. Here are some photos and updates from the trip!

Monday
In Quibdó, we work with Afro-Colombian and Indigenous activists on how to address the challenges faced by women and girls and create the changes they want to see.

Tuesday
In El Choco, we spoke with Indigenous activists about how we can work together to reduce violence against women, improve maternal health and protect their culture.

We presented our work with our grassroots partners, Taller de Vida, to local organizations and the Ministry of Health in Quibdó.

Our work to reduce sexual violence against girls was well received by these local advocates eager to make their communities safer for girls.

Wednesday 
We met Sandra in the Tokio neighborhood of Pereira. After war forced her from her home, our partners Taller de Vida helped her get back on her feet.

They gave her support to open a shop. Now, not only can she raise money to support herself, she shows other women how to follow in her footsteps.

This was a "Resilience" session led by Taller de Vida at a local school in Tokio. Young children express their feelings through drawings. These drawings help their counselors and mentors determine how best to help them overcome their trauma.

Thursday
War forced Emberá Indigenous women to flee their homes for safety in a nearby community. But now, they're isolated. They speak a different language and have different traditions from the rest of the community. With our local partners, we provide human rights training that connects women to each other and gives them tools to demand their rights.

Young women and men in Pereira perform a traditional Afro-Colombian dance from the Pacific coast. Dancing is one of the many ways that traditional culture is passed from generation to generation and is key to giving Colombian youth a strong sense of identity.

All photos (c) MADRE

To see more photos from our trip, click here!

Jul 22, 2016

You Helped Launch a Vital Lifeline to Safety

(c) Wangki Tangni;
(c) Wangki Tangni;

We're thrilled to announce that Wangki Tangni, MADRE's partners in Nicaragua, are now live on the air! This month, they launched the radio station you helped build.

This milestone is the result of months and years of hard work. Wangki Tangni long ago identified the violence faced by women in remote villages, often in their own homes, as a constant danger. But now, these women will know that they’re not alone – so long as they can tune into Wangki Tangni’s radio station. It’s a lifeline of support, telling them about their rights and how to find support and shelter from other women.

Rose Cunningham, Director of Wangki Tangni, greeted the first listeners:

"Today, we founded a radio station for the rights of the Indigenous women and their families. A station for the woman. A station for the girl. We’re going to struggle against violence against Indigenous women and their families. We will share information with you and train you in human rights. This is our station."

Thank you for supporting this vital work!

 
   

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