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 ...
Nov 29, 2016

Your Support Reaches Women and Families in Mosul

(c) OWFI
(c) OWFI

In October, the military assault began to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS. It's estimated that up to one million Iraqis could be forced to flee their homes due to the violence.

The Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), our on-the-ground partner, has told us of families running from Mosul with nothing but the clothes on their backs. It's a journey rife with danger. Women and families face vicious snipers and deadly landmines planted by ISIS along the way. Some of those who make it out of ISIS territory have walked for more than 20 hours. They are weak with exhaustion, traumatized, dehydrated and hungry.

But thanks to the support of MADRE members like you, we're reaching these women and families with lifesaving care. That's because weeks ago, OWFI activated their emergency response network to help Iraqis escaping Mosul. Once families flee, OWFI activists are there, providing desperately needed food, water, medical care and other vital aid.

Now our activist partners are hard at work, negotiating with local authorities for permission to set up new shelters for women who remain at risk of deadly violence - even after they've managed to escape ISIS.

We know that ISIS regularly targets women with sexual violence. Women who have been raped by ISIS, or even suspected as having been, are at serious risk of so-called "honor killings" by their families. Rape survivors fleeing Mosul are in desperate need of safety and shelter from harm. And thanks to your support, OWFI is ready to provide it to them.

There's no national law that allows local organizations like OWFI to run shelters. But through grassroots advocacy, we're working to convince authorities to make an exception in this time of crisis and allow OWFI to run shelters for women and families fleeing Mosul. And when this happens, we build the momentum for the sweeping policy change that Iraqi human rights organizations demand - to allow local groups to run shelters across the country.

When you support MADRE, you reach women and families in even the hardest of places with lifesaving aid. Thank you for making this possible.

Nov 8, 2016

Meet Melissa and Matilda

Melissa and Matilda (c) MADRE
Melissa and Matilda (c) MADRE
We met Melissa and Matilda, pictured here, when MADRE visited with Wangki Tangni, our Nicaraguan partner organization, last month. Together -- and with your support -- MADRE and Wangki Tangni run Harvesting Hope, a collective of Indigenous women farmers growing the food their families need to survive on the remote, North Atlantic Coast of the country.
Melissa and Matilda are a determined mother-daughter duo! Together, they farm six plots of land, where they grow cabbage, tomato, melon, carrots, rice, beans and other healthy crops. Along with the rest of the Harvesting Hope collective, about 30 women in total, they grow enough food to feed 10 families in their community. 
Your support helps provide the seeds that Melissa, Matilda and the women farmers of Harvesting Hope need to plant successful harvests. When we spoke with the women farmers, they were proud to tell us of their farming process. "In November, we clean and prepare the land," they explained. "In December, we plant the seeds that you help to provide." 
They then sell their surplus harvests at MADRE-supported farmers markets in both early and late spring. With the extra money they earn here, many of the women farmers are able to send their daughters to school and invest in their families' futures.
Thank you so much for making this possible! With your support, women like Melissa and Matilda are raising healthy and happy families.
Here are some more, new photos from Harvesting Hope that we wanted to share with you.
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Nov 1, 2016

Still Hopeful

On October 3, a peace deal to end more than 50 years of war between the Colombian government and the FARC, an armed rebel group, was narrowly rejected in a national vote. It was an unfortunately setback in Colombia's journey to peace. Still, MADRE and our local partners remain hopeful for peace and justice. Here are just a few of their words.

Colombia’s women peacebuilders and grassroots peace activists,like the ones above, are determined to keep up their work. And MADRE is committed to stand with them.

Together with our partners, we’ve mobilized to protect communities in the worst days of war. We’ve cared for survivors of violence and helped them speak out for their rights. And in the face of this setback, we rededicate ourselves to creating peace in Colombia.

I know that with your support for MADRE and our partners, we will realize that goal.

 
   

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