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 8, 2016

OWFI'S Lifesaving Information is Back on the Air

When an Iraqi woman is threatened with deadly violence in her home, where can she find shelter?

For many, the answer was Al Mousawaat (Equality) radio, the human rights radio station run by MADRE’s partner group, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. With a diverse range of programming, including skits, interviews and call-in sessions, the station was a critical voice for Iraqis whose rights were violated or who were facing life-threatening violence.

The radio station was the only one of its kind. It provided lifesaving information for women in danger on how to access OWFI’s shelters, counseling support and other vital services -- like the ones you support through this project. And it educated Iraqi communities on the human rights of women, LGBT people and other marginalized people. With every broadcast, it helped to transform harmful attitudes and practices that instigate violence and stigmatize survivors.

But in 2014, the government shut down Al Mousawaat radio as well as over 20 other social justice-oriented stations. For the past two years, MADRE and OWFI have been advocating relentlessly at the national and international levels to get Al Mousawaat’s lifesaving messages for peace, tolerance and human rights back on the air.

And we have great news! OWFI has found a space on a new frequency that reaches 98% of the country, to air Al Mousawaat radio programs. And we resumed broadcasts last month!

Al Mousawaat now reaches over 10 million people throughout Iraq and Kurdistan every week. Now, women in desperate need of save haven will know where to find OWFI’s women’s shelters. And lives will be saved. 

Mar 8, 2016

Shelter and Healing for Girls Fleeing ISIS

Young girls and women who have escaped sexual slavery by ISIS have now found safe haven and security. That’s because your support helped us to open a brand new shelter and rape crisis center in Kurdistan—the only one of its kind in the region. We’ve signed the lease on the center and are now equipping the shelter with furniture and other supplies so that it's ready to receive women and girls.

Thanks to your support, this center will do more than meet pressing needs for lifesaving medical care, food and shelter. It will offer counseling, mentorship, literacy programs, job training and human rights education to both residents and the broader community of survivors of abuse. These programs will give girls and women the tools they need to rebuild their lives, in a supportive, loving environment

Already, MADRE’s on the ground partners at the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq have led the first trainings with the women activists who will be in charge of the center. And a group of women who have escaped ISIS captivity have been visiting the center for counseling and literacy trainings.

Thank you so much for supporting this important project! With your help, this center will be a vital resource for women and girls who are rebuilding their lives after trauma. Young girls and women who have survived abduction, repeated rape and enslavement by ISIS will finally remember what it feels like to feel secure and to imagine a safer, happier future.

For more updates on this project and other lifesaving initiatives like it, visit www.madre.org.

Feb 12, 2016

Your Support Trained Women Farmers in Kisalaya

(c) MADRE
(c) MADRE

With you, MADRE supports a network of women farmers on Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Coast. Through our on-the-ground partners, we bring them the seeds, tools and trainings they need to grow successful harvests and feed their families. And thanks to your support, we just held a new training for women from the Kisalaya community, a small town on the coast struggling with poverty, hunger and intensifying climate disasters that threaten their harvests, like storms and floods.

One of the main challenges that the women farmers here face is to successfully save seeds from one planting season to the next. Many times, the seeds rot or are eaten by animals because they were not properly stored.

To address this challenge, we arranged a training session for 25 women farmers from Kisalaya. At the session, they learned the best way to dry seeds to prevent them from rotting. They also learned how to care for their metallic silos so that seeds can be safely stored. Check out some pictures from this training session below!

Now, it’s planting season. With this new training under their belts, the women are ready to plant the cucumber, cabbage, rice and bean seeds that your support helped us to deliver.

Thank you for making this possible! We look forward to sharing more updates with you from this season’s harvest soon.

(c) MADRE; seed drying training
(c) MADRE; seed drying training
(c) MADRE
(c) MADRE
 
   

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