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 ...
Feb 28, 2013

Bringing Mobile Health Clinics to Garissa County

Our partners at Womankind Kenya are hard at work to bring mobile clinics and medical outreach to the rural populations of Garissa Country hard hit by the famine. In Garissa County, access to health information and services are extremely limited. As families are struggling to meet their basic human needs of food and water, health conditions are deteriorating. Cases of malaria and malnutrition are rising. These health concerns are particularly true for women, who are overwhelmingly responsible for collecting food and water for their families. With famine and drought, women have had to walk increasingly far distances in search of water and food for their families, compromising their health and hygiene.

With our local partners Womankind Kenya, MADRE is working to reduce clinical and nutritional ailments in Garissa Country through the creation of a mobile health clinic. Medical units will travel to rural populations in Garissa County to provide medication to treat malaria and typhoid as well as supplementary feeding to curb malnutrition. Medical staff will also host health workshops to increase awareness on prevention and treatment of common ailments, hygiene and sanitation.

We look forward to bringing you more updates on the mobile health clinics in Garissa County soon!

Feb 25, 2013

Nanyori Prepares for the Kenyan Elections

The March 4 elections in Kenya are fast approaching and Lucy Mulenkei, director of the Nanyori Shelter Network, is worried. She is haunted by the wave of violence that swept the country in the 2007 election season, when political discontent sparked widespread chaos. “We are worried that violence will erupt and are concerned about keeping our girls safe,” she wrote to MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind last week. “We hope we can count on your support again.”

The escalation of violence after the 2007 elections left 1,000 Kenyans dead and 650,000 internally displaced. Women and girls reported 3,500 acts of sexual violence to the police. In fact, we know that rape was systematically used as a weapon during those terrible days. MADRE was quick to act, helping Lucy keep her school in Kilgoris open during the crisis, so that girls would not have to travel home through the dangers of the countryside.

This year’s elections will take place in an even more volatile context. Already, as this recent New York Times article shows, people are being killed--targeted for their ethnicity and political allegiance. Lucy's 60 schoolgirls may again need emergency shelter.

To prepare, MADRE and Lucy are working around the clock to ensure that the Nanyori Shelter Network, normally closed for break in March, will remain open during the elections so that no student will have to risk their safety by traveling home. Your support will help provide three months of staff, food, stockpiles, and security guards to ensure that Lucy’s 60 students remain safe and cared for. Thank you for standing up for girls' safety.

Feb 19, 2013

Testimonials from CHIRAPAQ

We recently received a report from CHIRAPAQ, our sister organization in Peru, sharing updates on the radio program they run with Indigenous communities. The radio is used as a means to share information on health, domestic violence, women’s political participation, food security, climate change and more. CHIRAPAQ works with Indigenous women and men to train them in radio production and broadcasting, and to develop programming to promote women’s human rights and collective Indigenous rights. The report highlighted testimonials from “communicators”, the radio program participants. We would like to share some of those testimonials with you now:

Olinda Jorge Perez, Indigenous Communicator from Huanta:
“Nuestro rol como comunicadores y cominicadoras idígenas es muy importante en la sociedad, porque nosotros llevamos la voz de nuestros pueblos, defendemos nuestros derechos, e informamos lo que pasa en nuestras comunidades…”

“Our role as Indigenous communicators is very important in society, because we carry the voice of our towns, we defend our rights, and we inform of what’s happening in our communities...”

Leónidas Rodríguez Berrocal, Indigenous Communicator from Vilcas Huamán:
“Necesitamos seguir fortaleciéndonos para seguir sensibilizando a más gente, hacer talleres con los comunicadores. Yo quisiera que tengamos una radio propia para los comunicadores, que llegue a todas las provincias de Vilcashuamán. Espero que más jóvenes participen en la organización, en algún momento deberán reemplazarnos a los mayores, pero juntos debemos trabajar para seguir adelante…”

“We need to continue strengthening ourselves so that we can continue bringing awareness to more people, have workshops with the communicators. I would like that we have our own radio for the communicators that reaches all of the Vilcas Huamán provinces. I hope that more young people participate in the organization, at some point they will have to take over for the older participants, but together we should work to move forward…”

Margarita Soto Bautista, Indigenous Communicator from Huamanga:
“Los comunicadores indígenas estamos fortaleciendo nuestra organización, y no desmayamos… estamos en constante contacto con nuestras bases, comunicándonos… por eso nuestra Red está luchando, está trabajando para defender nuestros derechos individuales y colectivos…”

“We Indigenous communicators are strengthening our organization, and we do not falter… we are in constant contact with our bases, communicating… this is what our network is fighting for, to work towards defending our individual and collective rights…”

 
   

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