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 ...
May 9, 2016

A Space for Child Soldiers to Start Over

Great news! Thanks to you, we’re about to open a brand new art therapy and counseling center in el Choco, a poor community in the north of Colombia. Your vital support will help even more people!

Here, Afro-Colombian and Indigenous women and children survivors of war – uprooted from their homes and exploited as child soldiers – will have a new, safe space to share their stories of war and begin to heal.

What’s more, the decision to expand to el Choco is deliberate. The region will be home to one of the many “concentration zones” being negotiated as part of Colombia’s pending peace agreement. All sides in the conflict have used children as soldiers. These zones will serve as areas for these de-mobilized soldiers from rebel groups, including child soldiers, to assemble after they’ve withdrawn from combat.

Colombians have long dreamed of peace. And while a soon-promised signed agreement will be a moment to celebrate, we know that real peace depends on so much more than just a piece of paper. To ensure lasting peace, it requires hard work in communities impacted by war to meet urgent needs and to foster healing and recovery.

And thanks to your support, that’s exactly what MADRE and Taller de Vida are doing. In el Choco, young soldiers who have known nothing but war for years will have access to our vital support services. Together, we’ll provide counseling, therapy and other healing support to help them demobilize and reintegrate into society.

Your support helps ensure that these children of war can rebuild peaceful lives. Thanks so much for making this important work possible!

Mar 30, 2016

A New Water Tank!

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In the Enooretet community in Kenya, 10,000 people rely on the nearby Entonkai spring as their main water source – to drink, to cook with, to feed their livestock and to plant their crops.

But frequent and persistent drought caused by climate change means that water levels in the spring are dropping.
Women in the community said they had to travel farther and farther in search of clean, potable water. What’s more, children were falling ill from sharing contaminated water sources with livestock.

This community urgently needed clean water. And thanks to you, now they have it.

MADRE and our local partners, the Indigenous Information Network, recently put in a brand new, 10,000-liter water tank in the Enooretet community! Now, not only does this tank collect enough rain water for women and their families' daily use, but it's enough to supply the local school with water, too.

Thanks to your support, children are healthier. Women and girls spend less time hauling water from distant streams. And families have enough daily water to drink and to nourish their crops.

Here are a few photos from the water tank installation. Thank you for making this possible!

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Mar 8, 2016

OWFI'S Lifesaving Information is Back on the Air

When an Iraqi woman is threatened with deadly violence in her home, where can she find shelter?

For many, the answer was Al Mousawaat (Equality) radio, the human rights radio station run by MADRE’s partner group, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. With a diverse range of programming, including skits, interviews and call-in sessions, the station was a critical voice for Iraqis whose rights were violated or who were facing life-threatening violence.

The radio station was the only one of its kind. It provided lifesaving information for women in danger on how to access OWFI’s shelters, counseling support and other vital services -- like the ones you support through this project. And it educated Iraqi communities on the human rights of women, LGBT people and other marginalized people. With every broadcast, it helped to transform harmful attitudes and practices that instigate violence and stigmatize survivors.

But in 2014, the government shut down Al Mousawaat radio as well as over 20 other social justice-oriented stations. For the past two years, MADRE and OWFI have been advocating relentlessly at the national and international levels to get Al Mousawaat’s lifesaving messages for peace, tolerance and human rights back on the air.

And we have great news! OWFI has found a space on a new frequency that reaches 98% of the country, to air Al Mousawaat radio programs. And we resumed broadcasts last month!

Al Mousawaat now reaches over 10 million people throughout Iraq and Kurdistan every week. Now, women in desperate need of save haven will know where to find OWFI’s women’s shelters. And lives will be saved. 

 
   

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