The shelters and halfway homes are the cornerstone of the social change sought by MADRE; the micro-society we support perpetuates the rights of women to freedom of choice in social life, love, and bodily integrity. We are currently maintaining one main shelter in the center of Baghdad, two activists’ houses which serve as temporary shelters, and an ever-growing number of halfway houses in “hot zones.” Up to date, more than 64 women have been aided by these shelters, 6 staff members were involved, and 11 households were educated on re-sheltering practices. Furthermore, the network has expanded and has 3-4 households ready as standby shelters. Not only are women kept safe in these shelters, but also women have opportunities to learn computer literacy and the principles of human rights.
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