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 ...
Oct 13, 2016

Solar Radios for Women in Nicaragua!

The outside of the radio station!
The outside of the radio station!

“Our station is the most listened to radio station in the region!”

That’s what our local partners, Wangki Tangni, proudly told us last week when we were with them in Nicaragua. We traveled there to attend the Indigenous Women’s Forum that Wangki Tangni organizes each year, with our support. The forum is a rare chance for women living in remote communities along the North Atlantic Coast to come together. They share their experiences, talk about the challenges they face, including violence, and create solutions.

Take this solution: earlier this year and with your support, Wangki Tangni launched their very own radio station. It's a vital lifeline of support to women who face violence alone in isolated communities. The station broadcasts information on women's rights and on how to access protective services.

Since its launch, your support has already helped us to deliver solar radios to women in these remote communities. Many are already tuning in to our human rights programming. We spoke with women who raved about one of the most popular programs. Not only is it broadcast every Saturday in the local Indigenous Miskito language, but the program teaches and reinforces that respect for women is a Miskito value.

This year at the forum, your support helped us to distribute over 40 more solar radios—two radios each for over 20 communities in attendance!

Each community selected two women leaders to receive training on how to use the radios. These women will be responsible for maintaining the radios. And they will organize listening groups, scheduled weekly times when community members gather to listen to the radio and discuss the programs. Thank you for making this possible!

And here are some new photos from the radio station!

Sep 27, 2016

Women Fight for Water

Lucy, leader of MADRE
Lucy, leader of MADRE's partner group IIN

As a girl, Lucy knew she wasn't supposed to play on the banks of the rushing Ngoboro River. If she wasn't careful, she could fall in and be swept away. Today, a relentless drought has reduced that river to a trickle, and families struggle to get the water they need.

What's more, people get sick from diseases spread from sharing their scarce water supplies with their livestock. So through her organization, the Indigenous Information Network, and with MADRE's help, Lucy took a simple, effective action to create separate water sources for humans and for animals.

Watch this video to learn more!

These new water sources, protected against disease and dirt, mean that women and their families can rely on having clean, safe water. Thank you for supporting this project! Your gifts helps us maintain and protect these vital water supplies.

Aug 31, 2016

119 Young Women and Girls Have Found Safe Haven

I can’t thank you enough. That’s because in just the space of three months, your support brought safe haven and security to 119 young women and girls who have escaped sexual slavery by ISIS. Thank you!

At the shelter and rape crisis center in Kurdistan that your support helped to open earlier this year, these survivors receive lifesaving support, including medical care, food and shelter. Our local partners have also arranged for counseling services to help the girls heal after the unimaginable traumas they’ve endured.

Here’s a photo from the shelter. It shows some of the young residents participating in a literacy course led by our local activist partner, Awaz. Many of these girls have never attended school before. With your support, they are now learning to read for the first time ever — a powerful and healing skill that helps them to transform their experiences into words.

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In addition to literacy courses, girls and women at the shelter can also participate in sewing and handicraft classes. Not only do these activities offer a healing outlet, but eventually these skills can help these young women find work in their new community.

Thank you for helping us to create this safe space. It’s hard for many of the young women and girls there to imagine now, but the programs that you make possible at the shelter are helping them to rebuild their lives.

Photo credit (c) OWFI

 
   

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