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 ...
Mar 21, 2013

An Oil Miller for Zenab

Our partners at Zenab for Women in Development recently shared with us that the women of Women Farmers Unite are working hard to obtain oil mill machinery in order to process their sesame seed and groundnut crops. Oil is extracted from sesame seeds and groundnuts by mechanical pressing, and is a lucrative product in local markets. Obtaining oil mill machinery for these women farmers will offer increased income-generating activity and self-employment. Rather than packing seed crops and transporting them to and from the city for mechanical pressing, the women farmers will be able to save time, money and energy, and maximize their profit, by eliminating third party oil millers. We look forward to bringing you more updates once the oil mill machinery is in use!

Mar 18, 2013

Children's drawings from Art Therapy Workshops

In Colombia, MADRE partners with our sister organization Taller de Vida to provide resources, rehabilitation, and healing through art to former child soldiers. When our partners gave a group of children the chance to express themselves through drawings, they spoke of their experiences and their hopes in their own unique voices.

Below are a few of their drawings and their thoughts.

Captions:

Drawing 1 – “I do not want to go back to an armed group and experience how I spent my childhood. I do not want to go back and be in an armed group or stay on a mountain and endure the cold or listen to the helicopters of the army”.

Drawing 2 – “I want to take a few steps to teach me more about love, happiness, the most important thing for me is to lead a new life, watch the sun brighten more light my path every day. I want to help children and help them recognize the resources they have”.

Drawing 3 – “I do not want to go back and live what I lived through. I do not want to shoot others and make them suffer in the worst possible way and feel alone in the world”.

Drawing 4 – “The step I would like to take in my life is to take back what I never had. And now I would like to study to move forward and help my family and be happy which is why I do what I can to have moral and strength to be what I want to be: a nurse, and to always have my own thoughts”.

Drawing 5 – “I do not want to go back to the hatred, the resentment, to a river of blood, pain, violation. I do not want to go back and see a lot of young people in the war. The world is full of obstacles that you need to know how to cross”.

Drawing 6 – “What I want most is to feel as free as the air to take a step forward. And to overcome everything I would like to take a step to enable myself and be a good person. And I hope that tomorrow I can tell my story without fear and without fear and dread”.

Mar 7, 2013

Your name is a powerful tool

I have exciting news to share — a worldwide campaign is taking off, and we need you!

As someone dedicated to women's rights worldwide, you're probably well aware of the lifesaving work of Haitian women who mobilize to protect rape survivors. MADRE and our Haitian sister organization KOFAVIV have worked together to make sure that women get the urgent care and long-term counseling they need to heal.

And now, we're fighting to extend this protection even further — by making it Haitian law.

We're pushing for a breakthrough revision in the Haitian legal code that will prohibit and punish violence against women. Crucially, it prohibits and punishes all sexual assault, including marital rape. This legislation is truly groundbreaking. It will help bring justice for all women who face violence in Haiti.

Haitian women have been rallying local support for this legislation. And now, we've joined with the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict to launch a campaign to show that we stand with them.

Here's where you come in: sign this letter of support for Haitian women's petition to pass this important legal reform. The more signatures we get, the more we build a movement in support of every woman's right to live a life free of violence.

Read the letter of support below. Sign your name and demand justice.

Our sisters in Haiti thank you!

 

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