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 ...
Mar 21, 2017

Water Tanks and Seeds for Women Farmers In Kenya

Tree planting (c) IIN
Tree planting (c) IIN

Thanks to your support, MADRE continues to help Indigenous women farmers in Kenya adapt to climate change. Where we work in Kenya, women face persistent drought that threatens their families' survival. But with you by our side, we're bringing tools and training that help women combat the impacts of climate change and raise healthy families.

For example, MADRE and the Indigenous Information Network, our on-the-ground partners, just delivered 30 clean water storage tanks to farming communities in the Transmara region of Kenya. With these clean water tanks, women farmers will be able to store clean drinking water for their families through drought.

What's more, we also delivered over 30,000 seedlings to women farmers there. With these seedlings, women will plant tree nurseries. When you help a woman plant a tree, you help combat deforestation and protect local water sources from erosion and contamination.

Here's a photo of a recent tree planting session.

Thank you so much for your support of this vital project! With your help, Indigenous women farmers in Kenya are learning how to combat climate change to ensure their families' survival.

Feb 27, 2017

Take Action to Ban the Ban

Take Action to Ban the Ban
I Stand with Iraqi Organizations to Overturn a Ban on Shelters

Iraqi government policy prevents local organizations from legally providing shelter to women and families escaping war and life-threatening violence.

The battle for Mosul is still raging in Iraq, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. This growing mass displacement will exacerbate the already deadly humanitarian crisis.

Despite this emergency, it remains against public policy for local organizations operating in most of Iraq to provide shelter. This prevents survivors of violence from accessing life-saving services.

What’s more, without legal recognition, local organizations providing shelter in Iraq are forced to do so clandestinely. This makes these crucial safe havens less visible and accessible to women, children and others in desperate need.

I stand with Iraqi human rights organizations calling on their government to issue a directive allowing local organizations to provide shelter to survivors of violence. This will help:

  • Save lives by bolstering Iraq’s capacity to meet the urgent needs of those escaping violence.
  • Reach those in danger with vital care and shelter, through on-the-ground organizations with local expertise and networks.
  • Alleviate the burdens placed on local authorities left scrambling to house masses of fleeing people pouring into their townships

Add your name to support Iraqi women's demand: overturn the ban on shelters. As we advocate with local and international policymakers, you’ll join a growing constituency of pressure for action. Click here to sign our petition.

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!

 
   

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