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 20, 2015

You Brought Care and Healing to Syrian Refugees

Thank you so much for your support of MADRE’s Care in Crisis for Syrian Women and Girls project on GlobalGiving. Syrian refugees are experiencing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Women and girls are suffering widespread rape and forced marriages on top of mass displacement, starvation and more.

But thanks to you, MADRE and our on-the-ground partners are responding. We’re delivering aid and trauma counseling to women and girls. And we’re training women to document and prosecute rape as a weapon of war and demand a voice in peace talks.

With your support, MADRE is:

  • Delivering Humanitarian Aid. MADRE and our on-the-ground partners are meeting urgent needs by providing humanitarian aid—including life-saving food, medicine, clothing and security supplies, such as solar-powered flashlights to prevent nighttime rapes—for women and children in refugee camps, clinics and birthing centers in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey.
  • Supporting a School for Refugee Women and Children. MADRE is supporting a school in Lebanon, near the Syrian border, where 100 refugee women and children receive an education, counseling, food and clean water.
  • Advocating for Human Rights. Through our trainings, MADRE increases the capacity of Syrian women’s organizations to document violence against women. This documentation is used to demand accountability at the UN and to bring women's voices to peace talks.

Thank you so much for supporting this vital, life-sustaining work. We couldn’t have done this work without you.

To learn more about the women you support through MADRE, be sure to visit our website.

Feb 20, 2015

Women Living on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Harvesting Hope member (c) Elizabeth Rappaport
Harvesting Hope member (c) Elizabeth Rappaport

Over and over, during the 6th annual Indigenous Women’s Forum in Waspam, we heard the same refrain. Climate change is a clear and present threat to our lives and communities, they shared.

The women said they see it in the irregular weather patterns that make local harvests unpredictable and threaten their food supply. They see it in the intensified storms that have hit the North Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. These tropical storms have washed harvests away, making their food security even more precarious. In October, torrential downpours displaced 33,000 people in Nicaragua.

Natalia Caruso, MADRE Program Director, spoke to two women, Albertina and Severina. They have been active in our Harvesting Hope project, which provides organic seeds to women small-scale farmers.

“The harvest and the crops are impacted by climate change,” said Albertina. “The cabbage and tomatoes are impacted also, and the corn and beans as well. We also need water and a well. We need to have access to water for the community.”

They also spoke about the solutions they have devised to confront climate change. For instance, through Harvesting Hope, our partners have set up a seed bank. From one harvest to the next, they collect and preserve seeds. This not only conserves local biodiversity, it protects seed stores from worsening hurricanes associated with climate change.

Indigenous women in these communities are building a powerful model. They are showing us the potential of a small-scale intervention with outsized impact.

In other words, their seed bank means some measure of food security into the next planting season. But it also gives us a glimpse at what it looks like when people control their food supply. What it looks like when women become community leaders and stage interventions to protect local well-being. In short, it gives us a glimpse at the possible.

Feb 18, 2015

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you so much for supporting the Nanyori Shelter Network. For girls in Kenya, where drought is devastating families that depend on the land for survival, many desperate parents feel driven to marry off their young daughters for a bride price. But thanks to your support of this project, hundreds of young girls in rural Kenya threatened with forced early marriage have not only found safe haven in our shelters, but also the chance to pursue an education. Because of you, these girls are building their confidence, learning about their rights, and growing up as leaders in their communities. Thank you!

While this project is ending on GlobalGiving, our work with the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) and these young girls and their families is not. Please be sure to check out our new project with IIN helping women and girls in Kenya confront the devastating effects of climate change. Through this project, you will help teach women to harvest rainwater and store food to confront droughts, relieving the effects of climate change that compel families to marry off their daughters. And you’ll promote Indigenous beadwork to combat poverty.

I hope we can count on your continued support!

 

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