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 share our go...
May 15, 2012

Aya: A Story of Struggle and Inspiration

As a teenaged girl, Aya lost both of her parents to the Iraq war. Orphaned and alone, she sought refuge with a local family. Instead, she was subject to years of excruciating abuse at the hands of her adopted parents. 

Now, Aya refuses to be silent. She has lived in OWFI’s shelter for a year, and regularly attends political awareness and empowerment meetings. Even though she was detained and tortured by intelligence officials for being a vocal activist for Iraqi women’s human rights, Aya has not swayed in her conviction. She continues to advocate for just policies for women and the exposure of human rights violations. Aya’s courageous journey from survivor of abuse to political activists inspires us all.

MADRE works with the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), to meet the urgent needs of survivors of gender-based violence; offering women threatened with violence the means and social support to escape danger and begin to build a new life.

Currently, OWFI maintains three MADRE-supported critical shelters for women targeted for honor killing, survivors of domestic violence, runaways from forced prostitution rings and more. Since 2009, the shelters have served as safe haven for over 60 women fleeing violence and oppression.

Apr 20, 2012

A New Ultrasound Machine for Palestinian Midwives!

We just received an update from our sister organization, Midwives for Peace! They sent us news about their recent meeting, which brought together 15 Palestinian and Israeli midwives to exchange their knowledge and expertise.

This was a special meeting, thanks to the support you provide through MADRE. They brought Halla, one of their members from the West Bank, a new ultrasound machine!

Halla is preparing to open a new birthing center soon, and this ultrasound machine will be crucial to making sure that mothers in the West Bank can give birth safely. The Israeli military has destroyed or barricaded thousands of roads there, making it difficult for Palestinian women who are in labor to reach hospitals. Halla’s birthing center will be a vital alternative.

“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said the midwives. “It feels so good to know we have partners who care and work hard for us…You are in our minds and in our hearts!”

Apr 11, 2012

Zenab's Tractor Breaks New Ground!

In Sudan, the majority of women farmers must prepare their land for the harvest—by hand. This work is extremely time-consuming and physically demanding. In some cases, it can take one woman several days to prepare just a small plot of land.

Zenab for Women in Development is working to increase crop production for women farmers, while conserving natural resources and empowering them to win access to tools, credit and training opportunities usually reserved for men.  

With MADRE support, Zenab’s Women Farmers Union recently purchased a tractor! Work that once took them several days by hand now takes hours with the help of the tractor, which the many union members share.

The new tractor has made a significant impact on agricultural production. Approximately 20 communities have benefited from it, and in certain areas, the tractor has generated a near three-fold increase in harvest. Nearly 3,000 women farmers in 53 communities and villages in Eastern Sudan benefited from Zenab’s harvest last year.

Check out photos of our partners with the new tractor below:

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