Safe Houses for Iraqi Women

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.
$21,500 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
Safe Houses for Iraqi Women identifies and shelters Iraqi women and girls who are under threat of “honor killings” or other violence, and offers them safety, counseling and human rights training.


Increasing Islamic fundamentalism in Iraq puts women at particular risk: in many areas, Islamic militants patrol the streets, beating and harassing women who are not “properly” dressed or behaved. Instability has created an escalation in rapes, triggering an increase in “honor killings," in which male relatives murder rape-survivors because the attack has “shamed” the family. The shelters provide safety and a future for women and girls who are under threat of this kind of violence.


The network of shelters provides women and their children with secure transport; food; clothes; healthcare; security; counseling; and political training for them to assert greater political power and respond effectively to increasing fundamentalism.

Long-Term Impact

Through this project, MADRE and OWFI aim to protect hundreds of women from violence and equip them with the tools, not only to rebuild their own lives, but to contribute to the struggle against the repression of women’s rights in Iraq.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

MADRE Paper on "Honor Crimes"
Description of OWFI, MADRE's partner in Iraq
Factsheet on Violence Against Women in Iraq
Iraq Country Overview

Organization Information

MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Project Leader:
Vivian Stromberg
Executive Director
New York, NY United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 226 donors like you, a total of $21,500 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Wonderful!

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