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 ...
Jul 22, 2016

Peace is seeded at the grassroots

Peace is growing nearer in Colombia. After more than 50 years of war, the Colombian government and the FARC, an armed rebel group, are closer than ever to signing an agreement to end the violence and suffering that have plagued women, children and communities for years.

But a vital question remains: How can we ensure that a signed piece of paper translates into real and lasting peace on the ground? Stella Duque from our Colombian partner group Taller de Vida and I answer this question in an op-ed published this week in The Guardian.

I hope you’ll read it and let me know what you think.

With thanks,

Yifat Susskind
MADRE Executive Director

Women Are on the Frontline of Making Peace in Colombia Last

Church bells rang out, echoing across Colombia. People held signs in the streets and posted exuberant messages online: the last day of the war.

That day last month, when the ceasefire was signed, could have been the last day of the war, but a piece of paper is no guarantee. Realizing the ceasefire’s promise – lasting peace – lies not in the final agreement but in grassroots activism.

Big questions need answers. How will we ensure that demobilization and weapons handovers happen without violence? How will we provide care and counseling to people who bear the physical and emotional scars of the war, including an estimated 13,600 survivors of sexual violence? How will we reintegrate combatants, especially thousands of soldiers forcibly conscripted as children, into communities still wary of them?

Grassroots female peace activists have not only anticipated these questions. While war raged, they seeded their answers into embattled communities and into the peace process.

Click here to read more.

Jun 28, 2016

Women Fighting Drought in Kenya

Women receive water storage tanks
Women receive water storage tanks

Food scarcity, medicinal plants withering away, animals dying, a lack of rain to nourish crops. These are just a few of the threats Indigenous women farmers in Kenya told us about, as they face relentless drought caused by climate change on a daily basis.

In rural Kenya where these women are from, these threats continue to wreak havoc on Indigenous families and communities. They struggle to survive. But thanks to your support, we’re giving these women farmers the tools and training they need to adapt and survive. Here’s a recent example of what you help make possible.

Just last month, our on-the-ground partners at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) led a series of water protection and sanitation trainings for more than 100 women from Narok and West Pokot counties, two communities greatly impacted by drought.

With your support, the women at the training sessions learned important strategies to combat drought. Some of the tools they learned include how to plant trees as a natural protection for local water sources, how to harvest and store rainwater, how to decontaminate water so it's safe for drinking, and more. What’s more, your support delivered 30 water storage tanks to women who participated in the trainings to bring back their communities!

Here are some photos from the trainings and water tank distribution!

Thank you so much for making this possible. With your support, women farmers in Kenya are learning to combat climate change and to ensure their families’ survival.

 

All photo credits (c) Indigenous Information Network

Training with women farmers in West Pokot, Kenya
Training with women farmers in West Pokot, Kenya
Water storage tank distribution
Water storage tank distribution
Women plant tree nursery to protect water sources
Women plant tree nursery to protect water sources
Jun 6, 2016

Meet Fairoz and Awaz

Fairoz (left) and Awaz (right)
Fairoz (left) and Awaz (right)

In the nearly two years since ISIS invaded Iraq, we’ve heard countless stories of despair. Of entire families killed, of girls and women raped and sold into sexual slavery. It’s easy to feel helpless after hearing such horrific stories.

But never forget: even amid these horrors, there are glimmers of hope. And those glimmers shine brightly at the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), our activist partners on the ground.

Take Awaz and Fairoz, for example. Thanks to the support of MADRE members like you, they work with OWFI to run our brand new shelter and rape crisis center for Yazidi girls who have survived ISIS sexual slavery. Both young and vibrant, it’s nearly impossible to meet them and not become filled with hope for what they bring to the future of Iraq.

Pictured here are Fairoz (left) and Awaz (right) at a recent MADRE human rights training in Iraq. Want to learn more about them?

Meet Fairoz

“My greatest goal is to support to the Yazidi women who have survived ISIS. How can we give them a better life?”

Click here to read her story

Meet Awaz

“Let me tell you something. Women and girls can achieve a lot when we support each other.”

Click here to read her story

Awaz, Fairoz and our partners at OWFI usher women and girls fleeing ISIS to the safety of our shelters, and so much more. Through human rights education at our shelters, they also are imagining – and rebuilding – a peaceful Iraq. And they do it with your support. Thank you.

 
   

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