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...
Oct 2, 2015

Clean Water for Kenyan Women

In Kenya, severe and frequent drought triggered by climate change is wreaking havoc on the lives and livelihoods of women farmers and their families. But with your support, MADRE and the Indigenous Information Network train women to conserve and harvest rainwater.

In the Olkirreruki community, your support installed a clean water tank, the only source of potable water available during relentless drought. Women farmers now have enough water to grow their crops. What's more, cases of waterborne disease have dramatically decreased. Thanks to you, women farmers have access to clean water, improving health and seeing families through drought.

Thank you for supporting this vital project!

Sep 8, 2015

Iraqi Women Take a Simple, Life-Changing Step

“This is not an easy time. But today I feel that I am a productive woman in my community.”

“I feel grateful that I have been able to help and communicate with others in need. I feel helping them is helping me to heal too.”

The words above were spoken by women who have been transformed, thanks to your support.

They are among the 20 women and children who have fled ISIS violence and are now living at the new safe house that MADRE and our on-the-ground partners at the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) have opened in Karbala.

What could prompt this new feeling of connection and healing? It’s simple—the chance to give to the community around them. They shared these words with us after OWFI helped them to prepare and distribute Kleijah, a traditional Iraqi pastry, to communities and mosques near the shelter.

The local community, touched by the gesture, invited the women and their children to participate in local Ramadan festivities. The women described the happiness they felt as a result of helping others. They talked about a renewed sense of place and comfort, despite the hardships they are facing.

This simple activity had a profound impact on the women’s relationship with their new community. Like many refugees around the world, these women may never return to their own homes. To find a new sense of home amidst so much turmoil is an important step toward healing.

Thank you for helping women and families find safe haven, protection from violence and a community of support! None of this amazing work would be possible with you.

Sep 1, 2015

New Mothers in Nepal Receive Critical Aid


“In my ninth month of pregnancy, weeks since the earthquakes, today is the first day I am sleeping quietly without fear or stress.”

These are the words of one of the expectant mothers who received lifesaving care, thanks to the support of MADRE members like you.

Due to the immense trauma experienced by survivors of natural disasters, pregnant women in Nepal are at high risk of complications or premature delivery. What’s more, overwhelmed hospitals have discharged mothers directly after birth, leaving them with nowhere to go since their homes have been destroyed.

Our on-the-ground partners – grassroots activists at the women’s group WOREC – are responding to the urgent needs of new and expectant mothers. They have created counseling and support centers where women and children receive vital supplies like food, feminine hygiene supplies, blankets, clean clothing and more.

In 8 of the 10 most affected districts, WOREC and another local group LOOM have mobilized to provide 10,000 relief packets for pregnant women and lactating mothers. The packets include baby clothes and blankets, diapers, soap, sanitary pads, food and clean under garments.

With your help, our partners are lifelines for those most vulnerable in times of disaster – thank you!

(c) LOOM
(c) LOOM

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