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 ...
Dec 31, 2015

Two Powerful Women Standing Up for You

Left to right: Cynthia and Edna
Left to right: Cynthia and Edna

I’d like to introduce you to Cynthia and Edna. These bold and brilliant women are in the middle of a fight — for you and for all of us.

I was with them in Paris, where we gathered at the United Nations climate talks to push for sustainable, rights-based solutions to climate change.

Our planet’s chance for a healthy future lies in the hands of advocates like Cynthia and Edna. They are women leaders in Kenya, part of MADRE’s partner organization, the Indigenous Information Network (IIN).

Together, and through your support of MADRE, they combat climate threats in their communities. They bring clean water to villages plagued by drought. They plant tree nurseries to fight soil erosion. And they demand that Indigenous women’s solutions be heard by policymakers, from local government to world leaders.

Click here to listen to Edna’s interview with Democracy Now! She speaks on the climate challenges her community faces and about women’s innovative solutions.

“We are here to make sure that gender is included in the final climate change agreement,” Cynthia said to me. “Because as women, we are at the forefront of this crisis.”

We’ve seen too many steps backwards. The US and other policymakers have tried to remove language on human rights, Indigenous Peoples’ rights and gender equality from the agreement. But we know that these voices and solutions are essential to put us on a path towards a more sustainable future.

Want to help make sure that women’s voices like Cynthia’s and Edna’s are heard? Our policymakers won’t move unless we make them. So let’s make them! Visit www.womenclimatejustice.org to learn how you can join the global call for women’s full and equal participation.

Interested to learn more about women’s innovative solutions to climate change? Watch this video to see Lucy, director of IIN, describe how we bring clean water to drought-ravaged villages in rural Kenya.

Dec 9, 2015

Samira's Story: You are the Key to Change!

Eight years ago, Samira* was a young college student in Iraq, excited for what the future had to offer.

But her life changed when a trusted family friend raped her. Instead of love and support from her parents, they rejected her and told her that she should be killed for the shame she brought on her family.

Like all too many rape survivors in Iraq, Samira faced an unthinkable choice: run away or be murdered to restore her family’s “honor.”

But thanks to you, Samira was not alone.

With your support, MADRE and the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) help women and girls threatened with deadly violence find safety. We offer emergency transportation to our shelters, food, clothing, counseling and community.

When Samira escaped to the OWFI shelter in Baghdad, she found safe haven and the support she needed to heal from her trauma. She received trainings about her human rights. Slowly but surely, she felt her power growing.

At OWFI, Samira gained the confidence to rebuild her life. Now an OWFI leader, she reaches out to young women whose devastating stories mirror her own. And she finds comfort in helping them to heal and transform.

“It’s been a really long journey to get where I am today,” Samira told us. “But now, I am conquering the world. If you asked me today about the most important decision I’ve made, it was opening the door and escaping my house.”

Thanks to you, threatened women like Samira find escape, protection, and friends to lean on. What’s more, they reimagine their lives as empowered activists—together. Thank you!

*Samira’s name has been changed.

Dec 1, 2015

Helping Nepal Rebuild

After devastating earthquakes struck Nepal in April, large relief agencies struggled to deliver urgent aid to remote areas. But thanks to you, MADRE and our on-the-ground partners were able to mobilize immediately to bring emergency aid to vulnerable women and families in the most hard-to-reach areas. Your support delivered food, water and tents to over 400 households in 10 of the most hard-hit districts and supplied 10,000 health kits to pregnant women and new mothers.

And that's not all. With your help, we're supporting our on-the-ground partners for the long haul. Thanks to GlobalGiving supporters like you, MADRE and the National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) are reconstructing 30 homes located in the Thami Indigenous community that were destroyed by earthquake. These homes are all located in the Dolakha district, one of the hardest hit in Nepal. The Indigenous families who live there have been staying in temporary shelters since April. But thanks to your support, they will soon be able to return home again.

Thank you so much for making this possible!

 
   

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