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Under Isis, Iraqi women again face an old nightmare: violence and repression

Posted on: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Peace Building, Sexual Rights

The militants are using rape and brutality to control women who have not stopped mobilising since the US occupation In a PBS NewsHour video report in June, Isis extremist militants parade through Mosul, Iraq, one of the first cities to fall to their onslaught in...

Understanding Iraq's New Civil War: A Women's Rights Perspective

Posted on: Monday, June 30, 2014

Keywords: Haiti, Iraq, Latin American and Caribbean, Sexual Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

Iraq has been pitched into a new civil war. After a lightning-quick advance, an extremist Sunni group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now controls much of northern and western Iraq. ISIS immediately moved to impose its...

Honor LGBT Voices Worldwide

Posted on: Friday, June 27, 2014

Keywords: Haiti, Iraq, Latin American and Caribbean, Sexual Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

This weekend, activists and allies of the LGBT community will be celebrating Pride. It’s a joyous moment, recognizing the progress that advocates have made in advancing the human rights of LGBT people. It’s also a time to honor the ongoing...

Syrian Women Refugees: Out of the Shadows

Posted on: Monday, June 16, 2014

Keywords: Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Sexual Rights, Women's Health, UN, Human Rights Advocacy

For more than three years, shocking patterns of sexual violence perpetrated by both the Syrian regime and opposition forces have emerged.

A Mother's Campaign for Justice in Guatemala

Posted on: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

“Sometimes I want to give up.” When she spoke these words, Betty Gonzalez had not only suffered the brutal murder of her daughter, Rosemary. She had also been fighting for years with a justice system that didn’t seem to care...

What We Owe Nigeria's Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Posted on: Monday, June 2, 2014

Keywords: Africa, Combating Violence Against Women, US Foreign Policy

Rather than issuing a blank cheque for military intervention, we need to stay focused on the girls and their well-being,

Raising Awareness and Empowering Women Through Radio

Posted on: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Keywords: Peru, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights, Reproductive Rights, Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Women's Health

Thank you for your support of Sapinchikmanta (or Voices for Justice) an Indigenous radio program in Peru!  MADRE is pleased to report that Sapinchikmanta continues to grow.  Sapinchikmanta broadcasts programs that empower Indigenous women and raise awareness on human rights issues....

Securing Rights and Safety for Girls in Nicaragua

Posted on: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights

Some of the women traveled for days before they arrived. On foot or in small boats, they came from 115 different communities, traversing remote areas of Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Coast. They were all headed to the same place, a forum...

Bring Back Our Girls: A Global Rallying Call

Posted on: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Keywords: Africa, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Indigenous Rights

Over 230 girls have been kidnapped. Armed men took them from their boarding school and are holding them captive. Their families are panic-stricken and heartbroken. The girls are in danger of being trafficked and sold into marriage. MADRE stands with the...

Documentary: Blowing the Whistle on Sexual Violence

Posted on: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against women, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights

"Blowing the Whistle on Sexual Violence" tells the story of inspiring women activists

Responding to the New York Times on Environmental Poisoning in Iraq

Posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Keywords: Middle East, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights, Environmental Justice, Water Rights

When a child is born with a birth defect, her mother tends to her needs.

You Give Us Hope for Syria

Posted on: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Keywords: Middle East, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights

"'Rather than throw myself from a window,' the mother said, 'I should raise those beautiful girls.'"   Those are the final words of this wrenching article on Syria that you may have seen in Tuesday's New York Times. They are the words...

Report Release: Syrian Women and the Peace Process

Posted on: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keywords: Syria, Middle East, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Sexual Rights, UN

This report calls for accountability and redress for these violations, which experts consider to be crimes against humanity and war crimes

Sexual Violence in Conflict: Documentation for Justice

Posted on: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keywords: Sexual Rights, Combating Violence Against Women, Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Peace Building, Middle East, Africa, Haiti

Violence against women is one of the most widespread abuses of human rights. It happens all over the world and takes many forms, devastating the women who are targeted,

MADRE Supports Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict:  In the former Yugoslavia,...

ECMIA Declares Commitment to the Post-2015 Agenda

Posted on: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Keywords: Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Latin American Caribbean. Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

The organization Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA), with the intention of contributing

Creating a Conflict-Free Future for Colombia

Posted on: Monday, March 10, 2014

Keywords: Colombia, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Indigenous Rights

In February, MADRE Program Director Natalia Caruso and Human Rights Advocacy Coordinator Cassandra Atlas, visited our sister organization Taller de Vida in Bogota, Colombia. While there, three young girls who had escaped armed conflict in Colombia shared their vision for the country's future.  Person...

Chicken Farm Provides Women with Food and Income

Posted on: Friday, February 28, 2014

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

In December, MADRE was thrilled to let you know that the chicken farm project you support expanded to include an additional 50 Indigenous Ixil women from the Quiche region of Guatemala! Each woman has since received chickens and materials to...

Educating Girls and Preventing Female Genital Mutilation

Posted on: Monday, February 24, 2014

Keywords: Kenya, Africa, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights

On February 6, the United Nations commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a harmful practice that endangers the health and well-being of millions of girls and young women around the world. This is a practice that...

Demanding Women's Human Rights at the United Nations: CSW 2014

Posted on: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Keywords: Events, Women's Health, Economic Justice, Combating Violence Against Women, Environmental Justice, UN, Indigenous Rights

From March 10 to March 21, the United Nations will host women's rights advocates from around the world for the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW is for international leaders and civil society activists to convene and...

Flashlights and Safe Birthing Kits for Syrian Women

Posted on: Friday, January 24, 2014

Keywords: Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights

Imagine fleeing your home to escape the violence of a devastating civil war. This is the reality for millions of Syrian refugee women and girls now struggling with trauma, grief, poverty and ongoing violence. As the crisis worsens, MADRE has continued...

MADRE Joins Campaign for the Inclusion of Women in Syrian Peace Negotiations

Posted on: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Keywords: Syria, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights, Women's Health, Economic Justice

Ahead of official peace talks to end the war in Syria, women peace activists are convening in Switzerland as part of a global campaign, Women Lead to Peace. The campaign calls for an immediate ceasefire, the increase of humanitarian aid...

Women Lead to Peace: Q & A on the Prospects for Peace and Women's Human Rights in Syria

Posted on: Friday, January 17, 2014

Keywords: Syria, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights, Women's Health, Economic Justice

More information on the Women Lead to Peace campaign here.  For nearly three years, we have been watching Syria—first with hope and then with a growing sense of horror—as peaceful calls for freedom degenerated into a protracted war. Urgent concern for the...

Four Years After the Earthquake, Haitian Women Continue to Feel the Impact

Posted on: Monday, January 13, 2014

Keywords: Haiti, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights, Women's Health, Earthquake

On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and devastated the lives of millions who survived. Below, MADRE reflects on the immediate needs of Haitian women and girls after the tragedy, the progress...

Girls at the KOFAVIV Center Learn to Regain Trust

Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

In our last update, we shared stories of survival from young girls who attend KOFAVIV’s Saturday workshops. Every Saturday, Espas Timoun (Children’s Space) continues to host day-long workshops for young women between the ages of 15 and 22, many of...

MADRE Calls for International Solidarity with Haitian Women's Human Rights Defenders under Threat

Posted on: Monday, November 4, 2013

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

On the morning of October 24, 2013, women at the Haitian organization KOFAVIV were targeted with the latest in a series of violent threats. A man, who witnesses indicate was armed, stationed himself outside the KOFAVIV Center. He accosted a KOFAVIV...

Al Mousawat Radio Reopens!

Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women

Since our last update OWFI has continued their tireless efforts in demanding equality and empowering women across Iraq. We are thrilled to announce that OWFI was able to reopen their radio station, Al Mousawat (Equality) Radio! The station was shut...

Midwifery in War-Time: Delivering Babies and More

Posted on: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Keywords: Middle East, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Reproductive Rights

In times of conflict, people facing violence and displacement urgently need essentials like shelter, water and food. However, when dealing with the challenge of providing for people’s most basic needs, too often aid agencies overlook the unique ways in which...

OWFI's been hard at work

Posted on: Thursday, August 1, 2013

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women

OWFI has been hard at work maintaining the safe houses and providing a secure environment for the women who seek refuge from violent or stressful situations. The medical, counseling and legal services offered at the safe houses have been beneficial...

Hear Their Stories of Survival

Posted on: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

It’s been three years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, but what only lasted seconds has continued to reverberate for young girls there. Many were orphaned by the disaster and left to fend for themselves in the dangerous, overcrowded camps....

Do you know a kid who loves to draw?

Posted on: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

By now you may have read my email from earlier this week about the brutal violence impacting young girls in Haiti — the most vulnerable of the country’s earthquake survivors. But with your support, MADRE and our Haitian sister organization...

Hygiene kits and legal services for rape survivors

Posted on: Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

Thanks to your support of this project, MADRE was recently able to send financial support to KOFAVIV, our Haitian sister organization, to reinforce their lifesaving programs and services for rape survivors. With your support, KOFAVIV will be able to provide...

Moving Women's Rights from Paper to Practice in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Posted on: Sunday, May 26, 2013

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

The locations may differ, but the stories are terribly similar. Armed intruders break into a woman’s home and threaten her life for speaking out against human rights violations. Women band together in defense of a friend facing violence from her...

MADRE Condemns Atrocious Attack against Young Woman in Afghanistan

Posted on: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Keywords: Afghanistan, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE condemns the recent heinous act of violence carried out against Afghan teenager Gul Meena and the persistent violence targeted against women and girls in that country. Gul Meena barely escaped with her life when her family targeted her for "honor"...

Thank You for Being a Friend of Malya!

Posted on: Monday, December 3, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Malya Villard-Appolon (center), 2012 CNN Hero, with her daughter and with Eramithe Delva (right), co-founder of KOFAVIV Thank you—all of your support as for our Haitian partner Malya Villard-Appolon, and her nomination as a CNN Hero, has meant more than I...

Haitian Anti-Rape Activist Malya Villard-Appolon Honored as CNN Hero

Posted on: Monday, September 24, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, KOFAVIV

MADRE Partner Recognized for Work with Survivors of Sexual Assault

Vote to Make Our Haitian Partner CNN's Hero of the Year!

Posted on: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Help Malya. Help the Women of Haiti. Your vote brings Malya one step closer to winning $250,000 to support life-saving programs for women and girls in Haiti. Click here to vote for Malya! Here’s what else you can do to help! Spread the...

Haitian Partner Malya Villard-Appolon Named a Top 10 CNN Hero!

Posted on: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Our Haitian partner, Malya Villard-Appolon, has been named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012! Go here to read her and KOFAVIV's message of support to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. For years, Malya has helped survivors of sexual...

Congratulations to Rose Cunningham on her Women's World Summit Foundation's Prize!

Posted on: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin American and Caribbean, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Indigenous Rights, Women Human Rights Defenders

Dear Rose,  We would like to extend our most heartfelt congratulations to you on being awarded the Women's World Summit Foundation's Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life! This award marks an important stride in generating visibility to the powerful work you are...

Reclaiming Women's Human Rights in Guatemala

Posted on: Thursday, July 12, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Human Rights Advocacy, Central America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

We recently presented a report before the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations on violations of women's human rights in Guatemala

Benefits of Midwifery in Afghanistan

Posted on: Monday, July 9, 2012

Keywords: Afghanistan, Middle East, Women's Health, Economic Justice, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE is working with a network of brave midwives who dare to stand up against violence and for women's health.

Giti's Story - Your MADRE Support in Action

Posted on: Monday, July 9, 2012

Keywords: Afghanistan, Middle East, Women's Health, Economic Justice, Combating Violence Against Women

Afghan midwives are providing escape to women facing life-threatening violence.

Week of Twitter Action on Afghanistan

Posted on: Monday, July 2, 2012

Keywords: Afghanistan, Middle East, Women's Health, Economic Justice, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE is partnering with CODEPINK on a week of Twitter Action around the Second International Afghanistan Conference.

A Safe Space for Women in Guatemala

Posted on: Thursday, June 21, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Human Rights Advocacy, Central America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE partner Sandra Gonzelez talks about her crucial work tackling violence against women.

Crucial as Bread: Rhonda Copelon's Pioneering Work

Posted on: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Keywords: Activist, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

Two years since the passing of Rhonda Copelon, we still feel the presence of her vital work.

"Afghan Good Enough" Isn't Good Enough

Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2012

Keywords: Afghanistan, Asia, US Foreign Policy, Combating Violence Against Women

It's not enough for NATO to simply lower expectations and leave Afghans to clean up the mess.

MADRE Demands a Women's Human Rights Agenda for the G8

Posted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Keywords: US Foreign Policy, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Peace Building, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

As the leaders of the 8 largest economies prepare to meet, MADRE demands an end to business-as-usual policies.

Video: MADRE at the CUNY Law Review Symposium

Posted on: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Keywords: Event, Human Rights Advocacy, Sexual Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

Watch MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind speak at a special MADRE and CUNY event honoring Rhonda Copelon.

The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict

Posted on: Monday, May 7, 2012

Keywords: Event, Combating Violence Against Women

Read a press release from our friends at the Nobel Women's Initiative announcing the launch of the Campaign to Stop Rape.

MADRE Partner FIMI at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Posted on: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Keywords: Event, Combating Violence Against Women, Indigenous Rights, UN

Join us for an in-depth session on how to prevent violence against Indigenous women.

Haitian Partner Malya Villard-Appolon Named a CNN Hero!

Posted on: Friday, April 27, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Malya is one of this year's CNN Heroes. Watch her feature on CNN here.

Report and Panel Discussion on Rise of Sexual Exploitation in Haiti

Posted on: Monday, March 12, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Avocacy, UN

UN panel discussion highlights rise of sexual exploitation in Haiti, detailed in MADRE report

Many Voices: Combining International Human Rights Advocacy and Grassroots Activism to End Sexual Violence in Haiti

Posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women, Women's Health

On January 12, 2010, less than one minute of violent shaking took over 200,000 lives in Haiti and rendered more than one million more homeless. The reverberations of the earthquake are still being felt.

Haiti's Women Face Echoes of a Violent Past

Posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Avocacy

The current epidemic of sexual violence is rooted in a history of violence against women.

Events: MADRE at CSW

Posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Keywords: Events, Women's Health, Economic Justice, Combating Violence Against Women, Environmental Justice, CSW, UN

Join MADRE and our partners for the following events at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Justice Delayed But Not Denied for Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala

Posted on: Monday, February 6, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE stands with Indigenous Guatemalan women demanding justice for war crimes under Rios Montt.

Women Standing Up to Violence in Guatemala City

Posted on: Friday, January 20, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America, Combating Violence Against Women

Read a project update from MADRE's partner organization in Guatemala, the Women Workers Committee.

Virtual Briefing on Sexual Exploitation in Haiti

Posted on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Human Rights Advocacy

Listen to a recording to hear the authors discuss their report on sexual exploitation in Haiti and take questions from listeners.

Sexual Exploitation in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Avocacy

Learn more about a report detailing the impact of sexual exploitation on displaced women and girls.

Press Release: Groups Release Report Analyzing Sexual Exploitation in Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Avocacy

Two years after the Haiti earthquake, MADRE releases a report on sexual exploitation.

Photo Update from Guatemala

Posted on: Saturday, December 24, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE's Partners in Guatemala Demand an End to Gender-Based Violence MADRE's partner organization in Guatemala, The Women Workers Committee, has been dedicated to ending the epidemic of violence against women and girls in their community. Recently, on the...

Women in Egypt Come Together to Protest Violent Attacks

Posted on: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Keywords: Middle East, Africa, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Women Human Rights Defenders

Women are being beaten and sexually assaulted for protesting to demand an end to military rule. But they're not stepping down.

US No Help to Afghan Rape Survivors

Posted on: Monday, December 5, 2011

Keywords: Afghanistan, Asia, US Foreign Policy, Combating Violence Against Women

Standing with Afghan rape survivors does not mean supporting US military occupation.

Event: A Panel Discussion with MADRE's Human Rights Advocacy Director

Posted on: Friday, December 2, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Avocacy

On December 7 MADRE's Human Rights Advocacy Director will participate in a panel about human rights in Haiti.

Haiti Photo Update

Posted on: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE staff members recently visited Haiti to bring shoe donations to a group of community organizers with KOFAVIV, MADRE's Haitian sister organization- and we'd like to share some of our photos with you!

To learn more about...

Creating a Space for Justice in Colombia

Posted on: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Keywords: Colombia, Latin America, Women's Human Rights, Sexual Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

Project Update: Symbolic Tribunal in Colombia

Photo Update from Haiti

Posted on: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE staff members recently visited Haiti to bring shoe donations to a group of community organizers with KOFAVIV, MADRE's Haitian sister organization- and we'd like to share some of our photos with you!

To learn more about...

Iraq Withdrawal Does Not Mean the War Is Over

Posted on: Monday, October 24, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, US Foreign Policy, Combating Violence Against Women

The war is far from over--especially for women and girls.

Tracing MADRE's Human Rights Advocacy for Haitian Women

Posted on: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Avocacy

Our human rights advocacy strategy helps amplify the priorities of Haitian women for safety, basic services and more. Here's how.

Haitian Women's Rights Activists Demand an End to Sexual Violence

Posted on: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Avocacy, UN

Today, the demand of Haitian women's rights activists for an end to violations of their human rights will be heard at the United Nations in Geneva.

Ten Years of War in Afghanistan

Posted on: Friday, October 7, 2011

Keywords: Afghanistan, women's human rights, Us foreign policy, combating violence against women

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. Often overlooked is the experience of Afghan women since the beginning of the U.S invasion.  Below are some resources for those who would...

Take Action: Demand a United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burma

Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2011

Keywords: United Nations, Burma, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, US Foreign Policy, Asia

MADRE urges the United Nations to establish a Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity in Burma.

Stop Violence against Women Human Rights Defenders

Posted on: Thursday, September 8, 2011

Keywords: Women Human Rights Defenders, Combating Violence Against Women, Afghanistan, Iraq

One decade later, Afghanistan remains the most dangerous place on earth to be a woman.

Underreported and Unchecked: Sexual Violence against Somali Refugee Women

Posted on: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Keywords: Africa, Emergency Relief, Kenya, Combating Violence Against Women

Amal left her village in Somalia when she realized that there was nothing left there for her.

Coalition Calls for the Immediate Release of Iranian Women Human Rights Defender

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Keywords: Iran, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Women Human Rights Defenders

MADRE endorses the call for Iranian authorities to release Maryam Bahreman.

A Blueprint for Ending Sexual Violence after Disaster

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Human Rights Avocacy

After disaster, women face an increased risk of violence, including rape and sexual assault

A Visit to Our Sister Organization in Haiti

Posted on: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women

This week, MADRE staff is in Haiti to meet with our sister organization KOFAVIV to develop our work together.

Video: Iraqi Women Protesters Continue to Face Sexual Harassment

Posted on: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building

MADRE's partner organization, OWFI, appeared on Al Jazeera this week to talk about their continuing protests.

Video: A Message to MADRE Supporters from Yanar Mohammed

Posted on: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building

Yanar speaks about MADRE's support of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq.

Updates on the Use of Repressive Tactics against Peaceful Protesters in Iraq

Posted on: Monday, June 13, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building

Violence and intimidation against women's rights activists continues in Baghdad.

Women from Around the World Condemn Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Iraq

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building

MADRE joins women from around the word in calling for an end to sexual assault of women protesters.

Iraqi Human Rights Activists Are Sexually Assaulted and Beaten

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building

Today, MADRE learned that pro-democracy activists who gathered in Baghdad's Tahrir Square were brutally attacked by un-uniformed forces.

Award Presented for International Ruling on Sexual Violence in Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE's work combating violence against women in Haiti was among the winners of the annual Gender Justice Uncovered Awards.

Event: "The Way We See It"

Posted on: Monday, April 25, 2011

Keywords: Event, Haiti, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean

Announcing an upcoming exhibition of Haitian women's photography, opening in New York on the evening of April 28th.

Gender-Based Violence Against Haitian Women & Girls in Internal Displacement Camps

Posted on: Thursday, April 7, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, UN, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean

MADRE submitted this report to the UN Human Rights Council, in preparation for a review of human rights in Haiti in October 2011. To download a pdf version of this report in its entirety, click here.  1. This...

New York Times Editorial Shines a Light on Sexual Violence in Haiti

Posted on: Monday, April 4, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Earthquake

Today, the New York Times published an editorial about the crisis of sexual violence in the displacement camps in Haiti and about the work of our sister organization, KOFAVIV, to offer urgent care to rape survivors. We applaud the New...

Take Action: Save Iman al-Obeidi

Posted on: Monday, April 4, 2011

Keywords: Libya, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women

This petition, calling for the Turkish government to take action and save Iman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman dragged away after reporting her rape by Qaddafi security forces to foreign journalists, comes to us from Avaaz.org.Last Saturday, a young woman lawyer...

Kidnapping and Torture of Al Tahrir Organizer Alaa Nabil by Iraqi Intelligence

Posted on: Friday, March 25, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women

We just received the following statement from Yanar Mohammed, the director of our partner organization in Iraq, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI). She writes about the kidnapping and torture of Alaa Nabil, a youth activist and organizer...

International Human Rights Hearing on Rape Epidemic in Haiti

Posted on: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy, Earthquake

This Friday, MADRE and KOFAVIV will testify before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the crisis of rape in Haiti.

Project Update from Haiti: Human Rights Advocacy Training for Grassroots Women

Posted on: Friday, February 25, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women

Read the second part of the update on MADRE's recent trip to Haiti.

Haiti Update: Visiting KOFAVIV: A Refuge for Rape Survivors

Posted on: Friday, February 25, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

Read part one of the update on MADRE's recent trip to Haiti.

Vote for MADRE in the Third Annual Gender Justice Uncovered Awards

Posted on: Friday, February 18, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE is proud to announce some exciting news! We have been nominated for the Third Annual Gender Justice Uncovered Awards, which recognizes advances in international law for women’s human rights.  This incredible honor acknowledges our recent victory, when the Inter-American...

MADRE's Executive Director Yifat Susskind Blogs about her Trip to Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, February 3, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE's Executive Director Yifat Susskind is keeping us informed about her first work trip to Haiti through the myMADRE Blog. She updates us on the current atmosphere in Port-au-Prince, and shares her experiences visiting with MADRE's sister organization KOFAVIV, meeting...

A Message To Our Sister Organization KOFAVIV

Posted on: Thursday, January 13, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Earthquake

Yesterday, to recognize the year that has passed since Haiti's earthquake and to express our ongoing committment to the women and girls of Haiti who have faced an escalating epidemic of sexual violence since the disaster, we...

One Year Since the Haiti Earthquake

Posted on: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Earthquake

Read MADRE's one-year update on sexual violence against women and girls in Haiti's displacement camps

One-Year Report Released on Sexual Violence in Haiti

Posted on: Monday, January 10, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Earthquake

A new report, entitled Our Bodies Are Still Trembling: Haitian Women Continue to Fight Against Rape, is released today

IACHR Sets Recommendations for Haitian Government to Address Sexual Violence in IDP Camps

Posted on: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy, Earthquake

A group of human rights advocates and attorneys call on the Haitian government to take immediate steps to prevent sexual violence against Haitian women and girls.

Download Our Flyers to Call for an End to Violence Against Women!

Posted on: Friday, December 10, 2010

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights

MADRE releases public education materials to highlight the many threats women face, and the ways they demand their human rights.

Statement By UN Women Leader Michelle Bachelet on International Day on Violence Against Women

Posted on: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Keywords: UN, Combating Violence Against Women

To end violence against women, we must all unite.

MADRE Staff and Partners Speak: Feminist Dialogue on Militarism and Military Intervention

Posted on: Monday, November 22, 2010

Keywords: Event, Combating Violence Against Women, 16 Days of Action

Don't miss MADRE staff and partners at this dialogue and vigil hosted by the Center for Women's Global Leadership.

Human Rights Groups File Legal Petition on Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Camps for Displaced in Haiti

Posted on: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Keywords: Haiti, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

Today, a group of advocates and attorneys for displaced women in Haiti submitted a petition calling for urgent action to confront an epidemic of sexual violence in the camps for displaced people.

Campaign to Combat Violence Against Women

Posted on: Friday, October 15, 2010

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Human Rights Advocacy

Help us raise $75,000 by December 1!

MADRE Talking Points on the Millennium Development Goals: Five Years Left

Posted on: Monday, September 20, 2010

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Peace Building, Women's Health, UN

In 2000, world leaders representing all 191 countries that belong to the United Nations pledged to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.  These goals aimed at tackling some of the most pressing threats of our time – gender...

Kenya: Conserving Water, Saving Lives

Posted on: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Keywords: Kenya, Africa, Environmental Justice, Water Rights, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE is working with our partner in Kenya, the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), to support the Kilgoris Girls' School. Together, we are providing young girls with a safe space where they can grow and learn without fear of a forced marriage.

Photos: MADRE Partners in Haiti Organize Sit-In

Posted on: Friday, August 13, 2010

Keywords: Haiti, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Emergency Relief, Human Rights Advocacy

Early yesterday morning, MADRE partner and grassroots Haitian women's organizations KOFAVIV and FAVILEK organized a sit-in at the Haitian national palace to demand shelter for earthquake survivors and action to end the gender-based violence that is so common in the camps.

UN Agencies Listen to Grassroots Haitian Women's Organizations

Posted on: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women

Two weeks ago, MADRE's Lisa Davis and Diana Duarte traveled to Haiti to meet with our partners from KOFAVIV. While there, they visited one of the camps where our partner organization KOFAVIV is working, distributed supplies to the women in...

Rape a Part of Daily Life for Women in Haitian Relief Camps

Posted on: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Womens Health, Combating Violence Against Women

Below is an update from the Ms. Magazine blog  by Gina Ulysse and discusses the work being done by MADRE and our partners in Haiti. Even after the aftershocks of the devastating Jan. 12 quake subsided, women’s bodies were still...

MADRE to Present Findings on Rapes in Camps to Officials in Haiti

Posted on: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMADRE: Rights, Resources, and Results for Women WorldwideContact: Diana Duarte, Media Coordinator (Haiti), media@madre.org, 917-477-3977Yifat Susskind, Policy and Communications Director (New York), 212-627-0444MADRE to Present Findings on Rapes in Camps to Officials in HaitiTuesday, July 27, 2010-Port-au-Prince, Haiti...

New Report Released on Haiti: Our Bodies Are Still Trembling - Haitian Women's Fight Against Rape

Posted on: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women

Six months after the earthquake in Haiti, we see a continued crisis of safety and security in the displacement camps that has exacerbated the already grave problem of sexual violence. In May and June, MADRE joined delegations coordinated by the...

Haiti Six Months Later: Reports from the Ground

Posted on: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Combating Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women in Haiti

Prepared for Congressional Briefing Hosted by TransAfrica ForumHaiti Six Months Later: Reports from the Ground Epidemic of Rapes Against Women and Girls in Haiti’s IDP CampsIn the wake of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti,...

Six-Month Progress Report on MADRE's Response to the Haiti Earthquake

Posted on: Friday, July 9, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

MADRE has worked in Haiti since the early 1990s. When the earthquake struck, we immediately reached out to our sister organizations. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to provide them with life-saving support.

MADRE Member Support is a Lifeline for Zarbobo

Posted on: Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Keywords: Afghanistan, Combating Violence Against Women, Profile, Human Rights Advocacy

I am so pleased to be able to tell you what an important difference MADRE members have made - support for the Afghan Women's Survival Fund was a lifeline for Zarbobo, a woman who lived in fear and hunger for...

Ending Sexual Violence in Haiti Requires Women's Participation

Posted on: Thursday, July 1, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

On June 30th the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a special policy dialogue on “The role of women in countries in special situations.” MADRE representatives attended this dialogue and talked with State members as well as experts on the...

Event: Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health

Posted on: Thursday, June 3, 2010

Keywords: Event, Combating Violence Against Women

The National Council for Research on Womenin Partnership with the US National Committee for UNIFEMAnnual Conference 2010 Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women:Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health Hosted by The Women and Gender Studies Program and Roosevelt House,Hunter College,...

Be a Lifeline for Women in Afghanistan

Posted on: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Keywords: Afghanistan, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

The situation in Afghanistan is extremely dangerous for women, and the ones who speak up for their rights are in the greatest danger of all.In fact, at the very moment I write this, 39-year-old Ranna Tareen, director of Kandahar's Women's...

STANDING UP FOR AFGHAN WOMEN: The Afghan Women's Survival Fund

Posted on: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Keywords: Afghanistan, Combating Violence Against Women, Profile, Human Rights Advocacy

Afghan women have been denied their human rights for decades—the right to education, to work, to health care, to political participation. More than 87 percent of Afghan women cannot read or write. Pervasive violence against women is now considered a...

Advocating for Women's Human Rights in Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

An update on our work in Haiti:Lisa Davis, an attorney working with MADRE, traveled to Haiti last week as part of a delegation of human rights attorneys with the Lawyers' Earthquake Response Network (LERN), a project of the Institute for...

Post-Earthquake Violence Against Women in Haiti: Failure to Prevent, Protect and Punish

Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

MADRE is working as part of a coalition of organizations seeking justice for women in Haiti. The coalition submitted the following statement to the UN Human Rights Council for the upcoming session.

Haiti Lawyers Collect Rape Survivor Accounts and Plan Legal Strategy

Posted on: Friday, May 14, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

MADRE partner Maria Suarez of the Feminist International Radio Endeavor (FIRE) wrote about the delegation of human rights lawyers who recently travelled to Haiti to collect the testimony of rape survivors. Lisa Davis, an attorney working with MADRE, was part...

Act for Afghan Women

Posted on: Thursday, May 13, 2010

Keywords: Afghanistan, Combating Violence Against Women, Profile, Human Rights Advocacy

As Afghan President Karzai wraps up his visit to Washington, DC, we at MADRE noticed something is missing.  We have seen news stories about the upcoming military offensive in Kandahar, about the Taliban's continuing hold on power and about funding...

Take Action Now to Stop Gender-Based Violence in Haiti

Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2010

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Earthquake, Combating Violence Against Women

Targeting: Major General Gerardo Christian Chaumont (UN Pol, MINUSTAH), Edmond Mulet (UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General), Yukio Takasu (President UN Security Council), Force Commander Major General Luiz Paul Cruz (MINUSTAH), Rashida Manjoo (UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women)...

MADRE Speaks: Stories of our Sisters 2010

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

This month, MADRE published Stories of our Sisters 2010, our Spring/Summer Newsletter. Read the letter from Executive Director Vivian Stromberg below and check out the newsletter online. If you would like us to send you a print copy, please call...

Event: Vivian Stromberg to be presented with the Vagina Warrior award

Posted on: Monday, April 12, 2010

Keywords: Event, Activist, Combating Violence Against Women

Join us at a special presentation of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues on Sunday, April 18th @ 7pm. Vivian Stromberg, MADRE's Executive Director, will be honored at the event for her many years of fighting for women's human rights around...

Executing Du'a Khalil's killers is not justice, but a violation of human rights

Posted on: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

Statement by MADRE partner organization Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), Representative Abroad, Houzan Mahmoud. According to official sources at Ninawa Criminal Court, the four people charged with the stoning of Du'a Khalil Aswad on 7 April 2007 have been...

OWFI Releases Study on Prostitution and Trafficking of Women and Girls

Posted on: Friday, March 5, 2010

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Sexual Rights, CSW

Today, MADRE's partner organization, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), released the report "Prostitution and Trafficking of Women and Girls in Iraq." Yanar Mohammed, director of OWFI, presented the findings at a panel discussion held by the Coalition...

Event: 2020 VISION - Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Eliminating Violence Against Women

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Event

March 5, 2010 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PMThe New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York CityFREE | Seats are limited | RSVP to wlp@learningpartnership.orgAs we enter the second decade of the...

MADRE Programs Combating Violence Against Women in Armed Conflicts

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Afghanistan, Sudan, Colombia, Guatemala, Palestine, Iraq

 Guatemala In the past decade, nearly 4,000 women and young girls have been murdered in Guatemala. Many of them, including girls as young as 10, were tortured and raped, their bodies left in public places.  As a result, women have...

Event: Comparative Strategies to End Violence Against Women

Posted on: Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Afghanistan, Sudan, Colombia, UN, CSW, Event

Join MADRE for a Panel Discussion & Photo Exhibit Addressing Violence Against WomenWomen using human rights to strengthen anti-violence strategies: Afghanistan, Sudan, Colombia and the United States. March 3, 2010From 12pm - 1:30pmLunch Included!United Nations Church Center (10th Floor)777 United Nations PlazaNew...

Update from the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq

Posted on: Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice

Dear Friends OWFI wishes you a happy New Year. We hope that 2010 becomes a year of achievement and empowerment for women around the world. We thank all those who supported and helped us become a strong voice towards change in Iraq. Our...

Afghanistan Update: MADRE Members Come Through for Naseema

Posted on: Monday, December 21, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Asia, Combating Violence Against Women, Women's Health, Profile

Fantastic news! Thanks to the support we were able to raise through the Afghan Women's Survival Fund, Naseema and her three children are—right now—making their final preparations to escape Afghanistan. Naseema is frightened, but incredibly relieved to finally have the...

MADRE Partner at the Launch of UN Campaign to End Violence Against Women

Posted on: Thursday, December 10, 2009

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, UN

Raising the Voices of Maquila WorkersToday, Human Rights Day, officially marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The 16 Days Campaign, which begins annually on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against...

Naseema's Story: The Price of Her Courage

Posted on: Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Asia, Combating Violence Against Women, Women's Health, Profile

Naseema knew full well what her husband was capable of—and still she chose to report him to the authorities for murder.  Now, her life is in constant danger, as her husband tries to track her down, and her only hope...

Message of Solidarity with Guatemalan Women

Posted on: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, UN

We at MADRE, an organization demanding women’s rights worldwide, are outraged and angered by the violence against women in Guatemala and the apparent lack of repercussions perpetrators of women’s violence face. The fact that we must use terms such...

UN Secretary General's Campaign Being Launched from Guatemala

Posted on: Thursday, November 5, 2009

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Guatemala, UN

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In awareness of this day and the ongoing violence that women face in their homes and communities, the UN launched a campaign calling on governments, civil society,...

Second Forum of Indigenous Women from Wangki: United we Construct our own Worth, Strength, Happiness and Wellness

Posted on: Friday, October 9, 2009

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

A Declaration from the Second Forum of Indigenous Women from Wangki held in Waspam, Nicaragua. Representatives from MADRE and our partner organization Wangki Tangni attended.Women from the following communities gathered in Waspam, the capital of Wangki, from October 1st through...

Building an Underground Railroad for Iraqi Women (Video Interview)

Posted on: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Yanar Mohammed

In the years since the invasion of Iraq, and as the US lent support to fundamentalist political forces keen on undoing women’s rights, women have been increasingly targeted with violence and death threats.  Together, MADRE and the Organization of Women’s...

A Call to Indigenous Womens Organizations to Stop Violence Against Triquis Women

Posted on: Thursday, July 30, 2009

Keywords: Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Indigenous Rights

From MADRE's partner organization, the International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI). On July 5, 2007, sisters Virginia and Daniela Ortiz Ramirez, residents of a Triqui town located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, were seen for the last time. Two years...

Stop the Execution of Female Prisoners in Iraq

Posted on: Saturday, July 25, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women

End Capital PunishmentOWFI's Campaign toStop the Execution of Female Prisoners in Iraq Eleven female prisoners were taken to the extreme protection prison in Kadhimia in Baghdad two months ago for the purpose of execute capital punishment on them.In spite of...

Solidarity Statement on the Global Day of Action for Human Rights in Iran

Posted on: Saturday, July 25, 2009

Keywords: Iran, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Women Human Rights Defenders

On the occasion of the Global Day of Action for Human Rights in Iran, members of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) express solidarity with the civil society in Iran in their struggle to demand that the...

A Step Forward: Survivors of Domestic Violence Now Eligible for Asylum in the US

Posted on: Thursday, July 16, 2009

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Mexico

With a recent court filing in the case of a woman from Mexico seeking asylum in the US, the Obama Administration has signaled a shift in immigration law to make it possible for women survivors of severe domestic and sexual...

Stories of our Sisters

Posted on: Monday, July 13, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, Sudan, Peace Building, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women

 Iraq: Art Action for Peace “The US gave us a government that plunged us into civil war,” Yanar Mohammed says. “But in Baghdad, there were brave Sunni and Shiite youngsters who refused to hate each other.” “With MADRE’s help,...

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Posted on: Saturday, June 6, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women

Yanar Mohammed, president of MADRE partner Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq  June 6, 2009  Thank you, Hillary, for submitting to our patriarchs. In a visit to Egypt which was meant to be a landmark in US-Arab relations, Hillary Clinton chose to...

Human Rights Advocacy at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Posted on: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

Last week, representatives from around the world traveled to New York for the eighth annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).  The goal of this year’s forum was to advance the implementation of the UN Declaration on the...

An Open Letter from the Continental Network of Indigenous Women to the Peruvian Government

Posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

By Tarcila Rivera Zea, member of MADRE's Network of Experts Partial translation from the original Spanish.  Continental Network of Indigenous WomenSouth American RegionLima, May 13, 2009To: Alan Garcia Perez, President of the Republic of PeruJavier Velasques Quesquen,  President of the Congress of...

The War on Iraq: Six Years of Women's Resistance

Posted on: Monday, March 16, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

 After Six Years, Some US troops Will Leave Iraq. But Where Are We Leaving Iraqi Women? March 16, 2009If you haven’t thought about the Iraq War as a story of US allies systematically torturing and executing women,...

After Six Years, Some US troops Will Leave Iraq. But Where Are We Leaving Iraqi Women?

Posted on: Monday, March 16, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Peace Building, Combating Violence Against Women

If you haven’t thought about the Iraq War as a story of US allies systematically torturing and executing women, you’re not alone. Likewise, if you were under the impression that Iraqi women were somehow better off under their new, US-sponsored...

MADRE Joins Other Women's Organizations in Thanking President Obama for Rescinding the Global Gag Rule

Posted on: Friday, January 23, 2009

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women

January 23, 2009President Barack Obama1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Obama,The undersigned organizations working to promote women's sexual and reproductive health and rights write to express deep gratitude for your repeal of the Global Gag Rule. We thank you...

16 Days, 16 Entries

Posted on: Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Peace Building, Combating Violence Against Women, Women's Health

16 Days, 16 Entries November 25 - Since 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership has held the 16 Days of Activism, a time each year for us to recognize the global threat that gender violence represents. The sixteen days...

Campaign to stop polygamy in Kurdistan-Iraq

Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2008

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Peace Building, Combating Violence Against Women

-To the Kurdish Parliament and the Kurdistan Regional GovernmentWe demand the repeal of polygamous marriages and all other discriminatory laws against women in Kurdistan.On October 27, 2008, legislation allowing polygamous marriages was passed in a parliamentary session in Erbil, the...

Iraq: Art Action for Peace, Project Update

Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Keywords: Economic Justice, Peace Building, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Middle East

Art Action for Peace, a MADRE and OWFI project, extended its efforts to unite Iraqi youth through poetry, music, and other art forms. Since late June 2008, young poets have organized one major community event and continued to hold small...

Iraqi Women Say No to US Occupation, No to Islamist Violence: Will US Progressives Stand with Them?

Posted on: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

Since the US bombing of Afghanistan in 2001, the Bush Administration has resurrected the hackneyed colonial notion that its military intervention is intended to save Muslim women from their oppressive societies. As Laura Bush said, “The fight against...

Iraq: Five Years of "Liberation" and an Epidemic of Violence Against Women

Posted on: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Middle East

Unleashing a Campaign of Violence Since the US invasion of 2003, Iraqi women have endured a public campaign of harassment, beatings, abduction, rape, and assassinations. The main perpetrators are militia fighters who see violence against women...

Event: What are Sexual Rights?

Posted on: Monday, March 17, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Sexual Rights

DAWN – Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era International Council on Human Rights Policy MADRE and The Sexual Rights Initiative (i) invite you to a parallel event: WHAT ARE SEXUAL RIGHTS? A DIALOGUE, INVOLVING WOMEN...

FOR WOMEN IN IRAQ, THE WAR RAGES ON. YOU CAN HELP.

Posted on: Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

Dear Friend of MADRE, I just spoke with Yanar Mohammed, Director of our partner, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), and I knew I needed to write to you immediately. Yanar describes a truly desperate situation...

CSW Events

Posted on: Monday, February 25, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Peace Building, Colombia, Latin America and Caribbean

Event Announcements MADRE at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2008 Launch of the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign Human Rights for Women — Human Rights for All: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration...

Bush's Legacy vs. African Women's Lives

Posted on: Friday, February 22, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Africa

President Bush headed home on Thursday from his five-day, five-country tour of Africa. Not since Thanksgiving 2003, when he showed up at the Baghdad Airport with a fake turkey for US troops have we seen such saccharine Presidential photo ops....

Inequality, Not Identity, Fuels Violence in Kenya

Posted on: Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Kenya, Africa

From day-one of the crisis that has gripped Kenya this year, much of the mainstream media has been quick to label the violence "tribal warfare," while the top US envoy to Africa called the Kenyan clashes "ethnic cleansing." The problem...

Who is Killing the Women of Basra?

Posted on: Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Middle East

In Basra, Iraq's second largest city, 2008 was ushered in with an announcement of the 2007 death toll of women targeted by Islamist militias. City officials reported on December 31 that 133 women were killed and mutilated last year, their...

Deforestation, Climate Change, and Women's Human Rights

Posted on: Saturday, December 8, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Climate Change

Forests are finite natural resources that provide climate stability, food, water, fuel, medicine, building material and cultural contexts that sustain life as we know it. By disabling the carbon-cycling capacity of the Earth, deforestation threatens the survival both of people...

Violence Against Women: Sixteen Ways Women are Fighting Back

Posted on: Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East

On November 25, 2007, advocates around the world for women's human rights commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and simultaneously launched sixteen days of action. These sixteen days—culminating on December 10, Human Rights Day—mark...

Rule of Law, Not Martial Law: MADRE Urges Defense of Civil Society in Pakistan

Posted on: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Pakistan

MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, is deeply concerned about the safety and freedom of those in Pakistan who are defending human rights and the independence of the judiciary. Since November 3, more than 1,500 members of Pakistan's human...

"Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week": Conscripting Feminism into the War on Terror

Posted on: Friday, October 26, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

US feminists found themselves in strange company this week. In days of campus activity labeled "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" (IFAW), conservative writer David Horowitz and his fellow travelers issued a call for an end to the oppression of women in Muslim...

Report vs. Reality: What General Petraeus Didn't Say

Posted on: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

September 11, 2007 Report: The General claimed that the surge has reduced the killing of Iraqi civilians. Reality: No independent assessments support this assertion. In fact, the head of the Congressional Government Accountability Office says his agency has a “strong...

Stand for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted on: Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights

MADRE Calls for the Adoption of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesOn September 13, the UN General Assembly will decide whether to adopt the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration establishes a framework for...

The Murder of Du'a Aswad

Posted on: Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Middle East

Recently, a mob of frenzied men beat and stoned to death a 17-year-old girl, Du'a Khalil Aswad, in northern Iraq. She was murdered by relatives and neighbors for falling in love with someone that her community did not approve of,...

Program Highlights: Summer 2007

Posted on: Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Peace Building, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa

MADRE Speaks: Spring/Summer 2007 Program Highlights KENYA Indigenous Information Network With MADRE's support, the women of our sister organization, the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), held a three-day celebration and human rights training for women. The event attracted more than...

Summer 2007: From the Executive Director

Posted on: Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Peace Building, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa

MADRE Speaks:Spring/Summer 2007 Letter from the Executive Director, Vivian Stromberg Dear Friends, In April, I visited the communities of our sister organizations on the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, home to most of the country's...

Indigenous Women: Fighting for Rights, Creating Change

Posted on: Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Peace Building, Indigenous Rights

MADRE Speaks Spring/Summer 2007 Long-time MADRE supporters may recall that our first partnership—formed in 1983—was with Indigenous women in Nicaragua. Ever since then, MADRE has worked with Indigenous women who are organizing to...

Violence against Indigenous Women

Posted on: Thursday, April 26, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Indigenous Rights

by Mónica Alemán April 25, 2007 We as Indigenous women have always worked to combat rape and other forms of sexual violence through strategies that recognize that their rights as women and as Indigenous Peoples are inextricably...

US must help end tyranny against Iraqi women

Posted on: Sunday, April 8, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

The following op-ed was distributed by the Progressive Media Project, and published by the Augusta Chronicle and the Times Union of Albany, NY. Human rights still elude Iraqi women. And the United States must take action to end the abuse...

MADRE Report on Gender-Based Violence in Iraq

Posted on: Friday, March 9, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence and the US War on Iraq Release Event On March 6, 2007, MADRE released Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence and the US War on Iraq, a groundbreaking report on the incidence,...

Iraq's Other War: Violence against Women Under US Occupation

Posted on: Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Middle East

A MADRE Opinion Piece March 7, 2007 Last week, Houzan Mahmoud* opened her e-mail and found a message from Ansar al-Islam, a notoriously brutal Sunni jihadist group. The message read simply, "we will kill you by the middle of...

Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence and the US War on Iraq

Posted on: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

MADRE has released a groundbreaking report on the incidence, causes, and legalization of gender-based violence in Iraq since the US-led invasion. Amidst the chaos and violence of US-occupied Iraq, women—in particular those who are perceived to pose a challenge to...

MADRE Releases Report on Gender-Based Violence in Iraq

Posted on: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

March 6, 2007—New York—MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, announces the publication of a groundbreaking report on the incidence, causes, and legalization of gender-based violence in Iraq since the US-led invasion. The report, Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference and Panel Discussion on March 6, 2007

Posted on: Friday, March 2, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence and the US War on Iraq Report Release: Press Conference and Panel Discussion The following event has been organized as part of the 51st United Nations Commission on the Status of...

MADRE Partner Condemned to Death by Jihadist Group

Posted on: Monday, February 26, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Middle East

On February 26, 2007, Houzan Mahmoud, an international representative of MADRE's sister organization, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, received an e-mail signed by Ansar al-Islam, the notoriously brutal jihadist group based in Kurdistan/Iraq. ...

Iraqi Police Commit Rape; Armed, Trained, and Funded by the US

Posted on: Thursday, February 22, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Middle East

A version of this article was published by TomPaine.com The international news media is flooded with images of a woman in a pink headscarf recounting a shattering experience of rape by members of the Iraqi National Police. Most of the...

Human Rights Day 2006: MADRE's Partners Confront Violence against Women and Girls

Posted on: Sunday, December 10, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Kenya, Haiti, Colombia

December 10, 2006—New York—On Human Rights Day, and at the close of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, emphasizes the imperative to combat violence against women and girls worldwide. In partnership...

Abstaining from Greed and Dogma: The AIDS Policy We Should Call for in 2007

Posted on: Friday, December 1, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Africa

December 1, 2006—World AIDS Day A whole generation into the AIDS pandemic, we now have significant (though still insufficient) knowledge of how to combat the disease. But while the world's collective understanding is gradually advancing, US AIDS policy remains...

Nicaraguan Assembly Passes Therapeutic Abortion Ban

Posted on: Thursday, October 26, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean

October 26, 2006—New York—The Nicaraguan National Assembly voted (52-0) today to outlaw therapeutic abortion in Nicaragua. While abortion in most cases in Nicaragua is already illegal, for over 100 years, Nicaragua's penal code has...

Sexual Rights are Human Rights

Posted on: Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights

A MADRE Position Paper MADRE understands that sexual rights—including the right to exercise and express sexuality freely and safely; be protected from sexual violence and discrimination; be in charge of decisions about one’s own body; have access to information...

Reproductive Choice and Women's Human Rights

Posted on: Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Reproductive Rights

A MADRE Position Paper If a woman cannot choose whether, when and with whom to have children, her other life choices—if or when to marry, where to live, and what kind of work to pursue—are limited. In fact, reproductive...

Patent Rights Over Human Rights: African Women and US AIDS Policy

Posted on: Thursday, April 6, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women

A MADRE Position Paper Thanks largely to the work of African public-health and social-justice advocates, growing numbers of people around the world know that sub-Saharan Africa is the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic:...

"Honor Crimes"

Posted on: Monday, March 20, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Iraq, Middle East

A MADRE Position Paper Human rights abuses committed against women—most often by male relatives—in the name of "family honor" are called "honor crimes." They include battery, torture, mutilation, rape, forced marriage, imprisonment within the home, and even murder. These...

Violence Against Women in Latin America

Posted on: Friday, January 6, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Guatemala, Colombia

A MADRE Position Paper Violence against women in Latin America reflects global trends, mediated by histories and conditions specific to the region. These include colonization, war, migration, and neoliberalism. As in other regions, gender-based violence was integral to the...

Cuba

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2005

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Cuba, Latin America and Caribbean

A MADRE Position Paper Proponents of neoliberal economics routinely claim that the only way to improve healthcare in poor countries is through free trade, privatization, and corporate deregulation. Yet Cuba demonstrates that high standards of health and healthcare are attainable...

Violence against Women: An Integrated Human Rights Approach

Posted on: Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Women's Health

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an annual global campaign that begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 16 days continue through World AIDS Day (December 1), and end...

MADRE Representative to Human Rights Commission Murdered

Posted on: Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Africa, Sierra Leone

October 6, 2004Dear Friends,This week, our friend and partner, Fannyann Eddy was murdered. Fannyann was the head of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association (SLLAGA). The murderers broke into the SLLAGA office late at night while Fannyann was working,...

Women's Health in a Sick World

Posted on: Monday, September 1, 2003

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa

Mary is a 35 year-old woman living in Rwanda. During the 1994 genocide, she was raped and her husband and oldest child were killed. Banished by her community for bearing the stigma of rape, Mary and her three remaining children...

A MADRE Interview with Noam Chomsky

Posted on: Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Latin America and Caribbean

MADRE's Communications Director, Yifat Susskind, interviews Noam Chomsky about the World Conference Against Racism, US policy in Colombia, Bush's militarization of outer space and more.August 2001

MADRE: What do you see as the significance of the UN World Conference Against Racism...

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