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 ...
Jun 3, 2013

The chicken project is expanding!

Muixil planning meeting
Muixil planning meeting

Ana Ceto, director of MADRE’s Guatemalan sister organization Muixil, recently met with the coordinators of the chicken cooperative project to discuss expansion of the project in three communities in the Quiché region of Guatemala: Nebaj, Chajul, and Cotzal. During the meeting, Ana, along with coordinators Catarina and Engracia, identified 50 women that would benefit from participation in the project. Each woman will receive chickens to establish small chicken farms as a source of food security as well as income. In addition to receiving chickens, each woman who participates in the program will also partake in human rights trainings and business skills classes. Based on a community-centered model of micro-enterprise, this collective income-generating project not only provides Indigenous Ixil women living in poverty with economic independence and food security, but it empowers them to demand their political rights.

Here is a photo of the Muixil coordinators at their planning meeting. Doña Catarina is on the far left; Doña Engracia is second to the left; and Ana Ceto is on the far right.

May 29, 2013

A nomination for Hubbie!

Since 2011, MADRE and Womankind Kenya have been hard at work providing emergency food aid and medical assistance to women and families most affected by the devastating drought and famine. We are happy to announce that Hubbie Hussein Al Hajj, director and founding member of Womankind Kenya has recently been recognized for her hard work. Earlier this month, she was nominated to the Executive Committee of Garissa County in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock! Reflecting on Hubbie’s nomination, Womankind Kenya stated: “[Hubbie’s nomination] speaks volumes for womankind, [and] tells us that [our] efforts and work is recognized even by the political leadership.” Many congratulations to Hubbie!

Together, MADRE and Womankind Kenya are continuing our work in the region, bringing mobile health clinics to Garissa County’s most vulnerable people, giving women and families affected by the famine access to health care. We look forward to bringing your more updates soon!

May 24, 2013

Lucy Visits New York!

Lucy Mulenkei, director of our Kenyan sister organization the Indigenous Information Network, was in New York this week for the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The UNPFII is a yearly session hosted at the United Nations that gives Indigenous Peoples from around the world the chance to discuss the issues and challenges they are facing as well as to share recommendations for how to address them. At the UNPFII, Lucy moderated a MADRE panel that hosted Indigenous women from around the world to discuss and share strategies for combating violence against Indigenous women.

With Lucy in town, MADRE took the opportunity to put together a shipment of Helping Hands donations for the shelter schools for young girls that MADRE and Lucy operate together in Kenya. The Nanyori Shelter Network educates and shelters young girls who are escaping female genital mutilation and forced marriage. With your support, we are able to provide Lucy with the supplies she needs to keep the shelter schools up and running. Lucy will return to Kenya with school supplies including notebooks, pens, paper and crayons. We were also able to donate toiletries, soap, toothpaste, vitamins and over-the-counter medicines for the shelters.

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