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 ...
Feb 3, 2017

Seeds and Trainings for Women Farmers in Nicaragua

Seed distrubution (c) Wangki Tangni
Seed distrubution (c) Wangki Tangni

At the end of last year, MADRE traveled to Nicaragua to meet with women who take part in Harvesting Hope. That’s the Indigenous women’s farming project you support on the impoverished north coast of Nicaragua. We visited the community of Kisalaya, where we meet with women farmers to discuss the challenges they face and how they work together to overcome them.

But first, the women were excited to show off their farming plots! To get to the plots, we traveled down the Coco River in a traditional hand dug canoe. The journey to the plots from the women’s homes took about 30 minutes by boat. The women take on the extra travel because, as they told us, this land is the most fertile for farming.

Since the women have to travel far from home to get to their farming plots, they realized that they aren’t able to protect their crops from theft when they’re not there. Their answer? They built small huts near their plots. They rotate staying in the huts for a few days at a time to care for and protect their harvest.

In December, with your support MADRE’s local partner Wangki Tangni organized workshops in Kisalaya and in the nearby community of Waspam to give seeds to women farmers. Over 150 women attended the workshops! They received new seeds, including red pepper, cucumber, cauliflower, pumpkin, onion, watermelon, and tomato seeds to plant on their plots. Here’s a photo from the seed sharing!

When we spoke with the women farmers, they were eager to share how much Harvesting Hope has changed their lives. One woman proudly told that, thanks to the local farmers markets your support makes possible, she was able to raise enough income to send her daughter to school.

Your support of Harvesting Hope ensures that Indigenous women can grow a better variety of healthy food and raise money for their families. Thank you!

Jan 27, 2017

Vital Healing and Care for Women and Girls

(c) MADRE
(c) MADRE

Thank you for helping us offer healing to sexual violence survivors in Colombia. Your support of this project helped us to expand to El Chocó, a poor community in the north of Colombia. Thanks to you, these survivors now have a new, safe space for community-building and healing.

Since the new work in El Chocó began, we have run 23 art therapy and psychosocial support workshops. We've reached 105 women and girls!

The workshops offer a safe, loving, and supportive environment for women and girls to take part in healing art therapy. They stage creative performances, including drawing, painting, singing, dancing, and theatrical role playing. These activities help survivors of war to express their feelings and share their experiences of violence with one another. They strengthen their friendships with each other—a vital network of support for healing.

Healing from the trauma of sexual violence takes time. Progress is possible, and our partners on the ground told us how they've seen it. For instance, some girls are now able to talk about sexual violence, to share their stories with others and to envision a future free from violence. Others have regained their motivation to go to school. Some have even expressed a desire to become social workers or women’s rights activists to support other women and girls affected by violence.

Thank you so much for making this important and restorative work possible. Thanks to you, women and girls harmed by decades of war in Colombia are healing. What’s more, they’re thriving in a vital community of support.

Jan 10, 2017

Rose's Story

Rose (c) Elizabeth Rappaport
Rose (c) Elizabeth Rappaport

Let me tell you about Rose, pictured above. Simply put, she’s a force for women and girls – and for their right to a life free of violence.

Rose leads Wangki Tangni, a grassroots women's group and MADRE partner. Where she lives and works in the remote Indigenous communities on Nicaragua's North Atlantic Coast, when women face abuse, they have little protection and few ways to seek help.

But Rose refuses to stand by when a woman or girl is in danger. With your support, Rose is creating communities where all women are safe from violence. She arranges for safe housing to shelter women escaping violence. She speaks out against abusers and demands action from local leaders to protect women. She educates community members about women’s rights.

And one of the key ways she does this lifesaving work is through the human rights radio station and programming that your support makes possible. With your support, Rose and Wangki Tangi deliver important messages on women’s rights. And they share vital information for women facing violence, like how to access protective services.

And great news! On a recent visit to Nicaragua, we distributed new radios, thanks to your support. Now, we can reach even more women with our lifesaving messages. Thank you!

Here are some photos from the radio distribution, where women received and learned how to use the radios.

Thank you for supporting this vital work. With you by our side, Indigenous women in Nicaragua gain the tools and skills they need to create communities free from violence.

Radio distribution (c) MADRE
Radio distribution (c) MADRE
Radio distribution (c) MADRE
Radio distribution (c) MADRE
Radio distribution (c) MADRE
Radio distribution (c) MADRE
Radio distribution (c) MADRE
Radio distribution (c) MADRE
 
   

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