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MADRE 2014: Projects and Impacts

Posted on: Monday, April 21, 2014

Keywords: Afghanistan, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Nicaragua, Palestine, Sudan, Indigenous Rights

In 2014, MADRE is continuing to advance women's human rights worldwide. Click on the docket below to learn more about the issues that MADRE and our partners are working on, and the solutions we will create. 

Indigenous Women and the Move towards the SDGs

Posted on: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia. Combating Violence Against Women, Environmental Justice. Peace Building, Women's Health, Economic Justice, UN, Haiti

In 2000, all member countries of the United Nations pledged to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 – a target date that is rapidly approaching.  These goals aim to tackle some of the most pressing threats of our...

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...

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...

The Radio as a Tool to Defend Rights

Posted on: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Keywords: Peru, Latin America an Caribbean, Indigenous Rights

Tarcila Rivera Zea is an inspiring activist for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and President of MADRE’s Peruvian sister organization CHIRAPAQ. Just this week, she sat down with Natalia Caruso, MADRE’s Program Director, to discuss the future of the Sapinchikmanta (Voices for Justice) Radio Project. Tarcila...

Indigenous women request UN to nominate a facilitator for world-level meeting

Posted on: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Keywords: Peru, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights, Environmental Justice

Indigenous Women of the Americas requested John Ashe, President of the United Nations General Assembly, to designate an indigenous delegate

Indigenous women request states to adopt an economic system that respects Nature

Posted on: Monday, February 10, 2014

Keywords: Peru, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights

The presence of extractive industries on land belonging to indigenous peoples has degenerated into a state of systematic violence against women

The Chicken Farms Expand Again!

Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights, Food Sovereignty

We are extremely excited to let you know that thanks to your support, MADRE and Muixil, our Guatemalan sister organization, were able to expand our chicken farming project for the second time this year! An additional 50 Indigenous Ixil women...

Reflections on a Visit to Voices for Justice

Posted on: Friday, November 15, 2013

Keywords: Peru, Latin America and Caribbean, Indigenous Rights

Recently, Doris Loayza, an MA Candidate at New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies visited MADRE’s sister organization CHIRAPAQ in Peru. While there, she learned more about the MADRE-supported “Voices for Justice” radio program with Indigenous Peoples....

Photo update from Muixil

Posted on: Friday, August 30, 2013

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights, Food Sovereignty

In June, we were very happy to let you know that MADRE and Muixil’s chicken farming project was expanding to three new communities, reaching 50 new women participants! And thanks to your continued support, we have even more great news...

Nuestras Voces al Infinito

Posted on: Monday, August 19, 2013

Keywords: Peru, Latin America and Caribbean, Indigenous Rights

This past month, our sister organization CHIRAPAQ released Nuestras Voces al Infinito, a short film exploring the lives of two Indigenous women who are making a difference in their communities as radio broadcasters for Voice for Justice. Leónidas is a...

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...

MADRE Delivers: Clean Water in Nicaragua

Posted on: Friday, June 22, 2012

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean, Environmental Justice, Water Rights, Indigenous Rights

Our partners in Nicaragua are providing clean water to Indigenous coastal communities.

MADRE Resources on Rio+20

Posted on: Friday, June 22, 2012

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Latin America and Caribbean, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, UN, Climate Change

As climate change threatens communities worldwide, it is crucial that world leaders hear from Indigenous women.

Cultivating a Brighter Future for Ixil Women: Catarina's Story

Posted on: Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights

Read the story of Catarina, a member of our partner organization in Guatemala.

Photo Update from Nicaragua

Posted on: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean, Indigenous Rights

We recently sent a shipment of supplies to CADPI, our partner organization in Nicaragua - and we'd like to share our photos with you!

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.

Demanding Women's Human Rights in Guatemala: At a Glance

Posted on: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Indigenous Rights, UN

Indigenous women, women in prisons and women working in maquilas face widespread abuses in Guatemala.

Indigenous Woman Testifies Before Human Rights Committee On Guatemala Human Rights Record

Posted on: Monday, March 19, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Indigenous Rights, UN

Today, Ana Ceto Chávez of Muixil in Guatemala, will testify before the UN Human Rights Committee.

MADRE Applauds Conviction of Guatemalan Soldier; Urges Conviction of Former Dictator Ríos Montt

Posted on: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Indigenous Rights

Pedro Pimentel Rios sentenced to 6,060 years for rights abuses in Guatemala.

The International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI) Announces New Director Otilia Lux de Coti.

Posted on: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Indigenous Rights, UN

Read the following congratulatory statement from MADRE's sister organization, FIMI.

MADRE Founding Partner Mirna Cunningham Receives the 2012 NGO CSW Woman of Distinction Award!

Posted on: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, CSW

MADRE congratulates Mirna on receiving the Woman of Distinction Award.

Project Update: Sustainable Solutions for Clean Water in Nicaragua

Posted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Keywords: Latin America, Nicaragua, Indigenous Rights, Water Rights

Read a project update from MADRE's partner organization Wangki Tangni.

Broadcasting for Indigenous Rights in Peru

Posted on: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights

Read an update from our partner organization in Peru, CHIRAPAQ.

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.

MADRE Partner Recognized for Dedication to Rural Women's Issues

Posted on: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, CSW

MADRE congratulates founding partner Mirna Cunningham on receiving the 2012 NGO CSW Woman of Distinction Award.

Votes from Silenced Voices

Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America, Indigenous Rights

Check out our latest project update from the Rigoberta Menchu Foundation in Guatemala.

Statement from The International Indigenous Women's Forum on International Human Rights Day

Posted on: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Keywords: UN, Human Rights Advocacy, Indigenous Rights

A statement from Myrna Cunningham, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and MADRE partner.

Indigenous Women Organize around Guatemalan Elections

Posted on: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin American and the Caribbean, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights

MADRE is working with our sister organization Muixil to make sure that Indigenous Mayan women's voices are heard.

Photo Album: MADRE Visits Kenya

Posted on: Friday, September 2, 2011

Keywords: Kenya, Africa, Women Human Rights Defenders, Water Rights, Indigenous Rights

MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind recently traveled to Kenya with MADRE Program Director Natalia Caruso.

Bringing Together Women Leaders in Kenya (Video)

Posted on: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Keywords: Kenya, Africa, Women Human Rights Defenders, Water Rights, Indigenous Rights

One of the important roles that MADRE plays is to connect the women leaders of our sister organizations.

A Conversation with Rose Cunningham of Wangki Tangni

Posted on: Monday, August 1, 2011

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean, Environmental Justice, Disaster Relief, Water Rights, Indigenous Rights, Climate Change, Flooding

Rose Cunningham speaks on Nicaragua's dangerous rainy season.

How a Chicken Can Send a Girl to School

Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin American and the Caribbean, Economic Justice, Indigenous Rights

Since 2007, MADRE has supported a women's chicken farming project in the rural highlands of Guatemala.

Community Organizer and Activist is Assassinated in Colombia

Posted on: Friday, June 17, 2011

Keywords: Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Women Human Rights Defenders, Peace Building

Ana Fabricia Cordoba, a community organizer and member of the Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeres was assasinated in Medellin, Colombia on June 8, 2011.

Indigenous Women of the Americas Reclaim their Rights before the United Nations

Posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Keywords: Latin America and Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, UN

The Indigenous Women of North, Central and South America gathered today...

Indigenous Woman Leader Elected By the United Nations Appeals for the Right to Water

Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2011

Keywords: Latin America and Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Water Rights, UN

MADRE received this press release from Verónica Vargas...

Statement of the Global Indigenous Peoples' Caucus

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Keywords: UN, Indigenous Rights

This statement was delivered by Ghazali Ohorella to 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Congratulations from MADRE to Mirna Cunningham!

Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2011

Keywords: UN, Indigenous Rights, Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean

MADRE congratulates our long-time partner Mirna Cunningham, the newly appointed...

See What You've Accomplished in Peru

Posted on: Monday, November 22, 2010

Keywords: Peru, Indigenous Rights, Women Human Rights Defenders

We profile Tarcila Rivera Zea of our sister organization CHIRAPAQ

Canada Endorses the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted on: Monday, November 15, 2010

Keywords: UN, Indigenous Rights, US, Canada

The United States is now the lone holdout on endorsement of the Declaration.

Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia

Posted on: Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Keywords: Colombia, Indigenous Rights, Latin America and Caribbean

The following is an excerpt from a UN report on the Indigenous Peoples of Colombia

Take Action: Protect Indigenous Rights in Australia

Posted on: Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Australia

The Western Australian Government has announced that it will bypass ongoing consultations with local Indigenous landowners in Western Australia in order to compulsorily acquire a portion of their land for a new $30 billion gas processing plant.

Take Action: Stop Human Rights and Environmental Abuses in Panama

Posted on: Thursday, September 2, 2010

Keywords: Panama, Latin America and the Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Human Rights Advocacy

The following is an alert from our friends at Cultural Survival. See below for how you can help Indigenous people in Panama.

Event: International Day of the World's Indigenous People at the UN

Posted on: Monday, August 9, 2010

Keywords: UN, Indigenous Rights

This is an event being held at the UN today in observance of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. Please note that only people with a valid UN grounds pass will be able to attend. You are hereby invited...

Indigenous Peruvian Students Travel to Vermont for Cultural Exchange

Posted on: Friday, August 6, 2010

Keywords: Peru, Latin America and Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

This summer, MADRE is worked with the Carving Studio Sculpture Center in Vermont and our Peruvian partner, CHIRAPAQ, to facilitate the second half of the Sixth Stone Carving Workshop for adolescents from Indigenous communities in Ayacucho. In January of this...

Take Action: Urge President Obama to Sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted on: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Keywords: Human Rights Advocacy, Indigenous Rights, US Foreign Policy

President Obama needs to hear from you--today. He needs to know that all Americans believe that the day has come for him to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

MADRE Partner in Brazil for ECLAC's Regional Conference on Women

Posted on: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Keywords: UN, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Human Rights Advocacy, ECLAC

MADRE’s partner organization, the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (IIWF/FIMI) is in Brazil to participate in the Economic Commission for Latin America's (ECLAC) eleventh session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean. The theme of the...

Applications for grants under the Small Grants Programme under the Second Decade will be accepted between 1 July 2010 and 1 October 2010

Posted on: Thursday, July 8, 2010

Keywords: Indigenous Rights

This statement was received from the United Nations Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesApplications for grants under the Small Grants Programme under the Second Decade will be accepted between 1 July 2010 and 1 October 2010 Applications for grants under...

Take Action: Colombian Organizations Receiving Death Threats Again

Posted on: Monday, June 21, 2010

Keywords: Colombia, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, Indigenous Rights, Latin America and the Caribbean

The Colombian government has not taken the necessary measures to investigate and end the hostility towards Afro-descendants, indigenous people and women leaders, who are solely defending their human rights. Take action for their human rights.

MADRE Partners Testify on Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals

Posted on: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Keywords: UN, MDG, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

Yesterday was the last day of a two-day series of "informal interactive hearings" of the UN General Assembly in anticipation of the September summit on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were set in September 2000...

Land Rights in South Africa: MADRE Congratulates the Rural Women's Movement on Recent Victory

Posted on: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Food Sovereignty, South Africa

MADRE congratulates the Rural Women's Movement (RWM), our partner organization in South Africa, and the other organizations and people involved in the ground-breaking legal victory marked by the recent repeal of the Communal Land Rights Act (CLRA). The CLRA, enacted...

No More Promises: A Call for Action

Posted on: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Keywords: UN, MDG, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

 Statement on the Millennium Development Goals, Women and Indigenous Peoples 2010 Acknowledging that United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted on 13 September 2007 by the General Assembly affirms that we, as indigenous peoples, have the right...

MADRE Stands in Solidarity with Indigenous human rights defender Aida Quilcue

Posted on: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Keywords: Colombia, Latin America, Human Rights Advocacy, Activist, Indigenous Rights

On December 16, 2008, Edwin Legarda, the husband of Indigenous human rights defender Aida Quilcué, was killed by Colombian army personnel when they fired 17 shots into the vehicle he was driving. Aida Quilcué had recently returned from Geneva, where...

Indigenous Organizations Meet in Managua to Discuss Climate Change

Posted on: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Keywords: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, UN, Indigenous Rights

On May 24th and 25th, representatives from Indigenous organizations and networks from across the Americas met in Managua, Nicaragua for the 2nd Latin American Indigenous Forum on Climate Change. The objective of this forum, which closely followed the People's World...

Cancel Racist Characters on Peruvian Television

Posted on: Friday, May 21, 2010

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights

Read this on myMADRE, the MADRE Blog »(In the coming days, we will be posting more information about how you can take action to support Afro-Peruvian anti-racist efforts targeting media. The blog entry below provides background information about the issue.)We...

Indigenous Peoples on Advancing the Implementation of CSD

Posted on: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Keywords: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, UN, CSD, Indigenous Rights

MADRE partner Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), is participating at the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) meeting at the UN. CSD 18th Session, 11th May 2010  Intervention of Indigenous Peoples...

Indigenous Peoples in Partnership for Sustainable Development

Posted on: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Keywords: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, UN, CSD, Indigenous Rights

MADRE partner Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), is participating at the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) meeting at the UN.  CSD 18th Session, 11th May 2010 Intervention of Indigenous...

Mining and Sustainable Development

Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Keywords: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, UN, CSD, Indigenous Rights

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a member of MADRE's Network of Experts, presented this at the Thematic Session on Mining during the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) at the UN.  CSD18 Review Session, Interactive Panel: Thematic Session on Mining6 May 2010UN Headquarters, New York Mining...

Indigenous Peoples Demand a Role in Global Waste Management

Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Keywords: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, UN, CSD, Indigenous Rights

MADRE partner Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), is participating at the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) meeting this week and next at the UN. This letter is a response to the Thematic Cluster on Waste...

Event: Indigenous Peoples, Mining and Sustainable Development

Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Climate Change

This event will be moderated by Lucy Mulenkei, the Executive Director of MADRE's partner, the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) in Kenya. Indigenous Peoples, Mining and Sustainable Development6:15 - 7:45pm, Thursday May 6, 2010 at the ECOSOC ChamberNorth Lawn Building, UN Headquarters,...

Indigenous Peoples Recommend Transportation Solutions

Posted on: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Keywords: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, UN, CSD, Indigenous Rights

MADRE partner Lucy Mulenkei, Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN), is participating at the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) meeting this week and next at the UN. This letter is a response to the Thematic...

MADRE Congratulates Partner Mirna Cunningham on Appointment to UNPFII

Posted on: Monday, May 3, 2010

Keywords: UN, UNFPII, Indigenous Rights, Human Rights Advocacy, Nicaragua, Activist

We congratulate Mirna Cunningham on her recent appointment to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Mirna is a longtime friend and partner of MADRE, an expert from our Network of Experts and Vice President of our partner organization CADPI...

The Cochabamba Protocol: People's Agreement on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Keywords: Bolivia, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Climate Change

People's Agreement from the World People’s Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia.Today, our Mother Earth is wounded and the future of humanity is in danger.If global warming increases by more than 2 degrees Celsius, a situation that the “Copenhagen Accord”...

Harvesting Hope: Building Sustainable Solutions to Climate Change in Nicaragua

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America & Caribbean, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights, Food Sovereignty

MADRE is celebrating Earth Day by celebrating the many women who are combating the harmful effects of resource exploitation, industrial agriculture, and environmental destruction. MADRE and our partners join with women worldwide who are coming up with local and effective...

Declaration of Women in Asia on Climate Change

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Climate Change

A declaration on Climate Change. The Declaration is an open document that is expected to evolve in the coming years. MADRE and our partner, the International Indigenous Women's Forum, signed on to the statement put out in October 2009. We,...

Ex Braceros Defend Their Own Workers' Rights in Immigration Reform and in the International Debate on Migrant Indigenous Workers' Rights at the UN

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Keywords: Indigenous Rights

*The following is a press release from La Alianza de Ex-Braceros del Norte 1942-64.Statement to be read on April 22, 2010 3pm-6pm at UN General Assembly RoomSpeakers available from 6-8 pm Thursday, April 22, 2010 and 8-12 noon Friday, April...

MADRE Partners at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII)

Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2010

Keywords: UN, UNFPII, Indigenous Rights, Human Rights Advocacy

Today marks the start of the ninth annual session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII). Indigenous women leaders from many of MADRE's partner organizations are in New York to participate in the forum, including representatives from the...

MADRE Partner Speaks at CSW Session

Posted on: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Keywords: UN, CSW, Indigenous Rights

Tarcila Rivera Zea, president of MADRE's partner organization in Peru, CHIRAPAQ, spoke during the morning session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on March 3. Tarcila, a Quechua activist, spoke about the importance of including the voices...

MADRE Partner Awarded Women's Order Of Merit

Posted on: Friday, March 5, 2010

Keywords: Peru, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Indigenous Rights

MADRE congratulates Tarcila Rivera Zea, president of CHIRAPAQ, our partner organization in Peru, on being awarded the 2010 Women's Order of Merit by the Ministry of Women and Social Development in Peru. The award is being given in recognition of...

UN Indigenous Fellowship Programme Accepting Applications

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, UN, Human Rights Advocacy

Any questions pertaining to the Indigenous Fellowship Programme can be e-mailed to: fellowship@ohchr.org♦ The deadline to receive applications for the 2011 English speaking Fellowship Programme is: Monday 31 May 2010.♦ The deadline to receive applications for the 2011 Spanish speaking...

MADRE Partner Speaks at the Opening of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Posted on: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Keywords: UN, CSW, Indigenous Rights

Monica Aleman, coordinator of MADRE's partner organization, the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI), spoke at the high-level round table on the first day of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on March 1, 2010.Monica spoke of the...

The Sixth Annual Youth Sculpture Workshop in Peru

Posted on: Friday, February 19, 2010

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

January marked the sixth year that Indigenous youths from Peru's Vilcashuaman Province and the Cajamarca Region traveled to Ayacucho in order to learn the techniques of stone sculpting at a workshop organized by MADRE and our partner CHIRAPAQ.In an area...

Searching for a Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Posted on: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Keywords: Latin America & Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, UN, Indigenous Rights

An interview and LETTER OF SUPPORT for the candidacy of Mirna Cunningham of MADRE's sister organization CADPI.By Tarcila Rivera Zea.The Central American Indigenous Council (CICA) and the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of South America have nominated Dr. Mirna Cuninngham...

Empowering Indigenous women leaders in Bolivia and across Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Keywords: Bolivia, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice

In January of 2010, close to 100 Indigenous women leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean met in La Paz, Bolivia for the conference Building Strategic Partnerships for Governance and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean ("Warmis KAY...

Building Strategic Partnerships for Governance and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted on: Monday, January 25, 2010

Keywords: Bolivia, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice

A report from MADRE sister organization, the International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI) on the recent Indigenous Women Parlamentarians Conference coordinated with support from MADRE in La Paz, Bolivia on January 19-20, 2010.The International Indigenous Women's Forum, partnered with the Bolivian...

MADRE Partner Reports on the State of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Posted on: Sunday, January 24, 2010

Keywords: UN, Indigenous Rights, Women's Health

Long-time MADRE partner Myrna Cunningham wrote a chapter on the current health situation of Indigenous Peoples for the United Nations report "State of the World's Indigenous Peoples."From the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:"Indigenous peoples contribute extensibly to humanity's...

The Inauguration of Evo Morales, President of Bolivia

Posted on: Friday, January 22, 2010

Keywords: Bolivia, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights

Earlier this week, MADRE’s program coordinator, Natalia Caruso, attended the inauguration ceremony of Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first Indigenous president. The ceremony took place at the Indigenous sacred site Kalasasaya, in Tiwanaku, before a crowd of 60,000 people, most of them...

Evo Morales Elected to Second Term in Bolivia

Posted on: Monday, December 7, 2009

Keywords: Bolivia, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice

MADRE extends its warm congratulations to President Evo Morales on the occasion of his re-election to the Presidency of Bolivia. His overwhelming victory belongs not only to President Morales, but to the great numbers of women and men including our...

Declaration of Indigenous Peoples for Food Sovereignty

Posted on: Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Food Sovereignty

Representatives of Indigenous Peoples from the regions of Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, North America, Africa and Northern Europe, gathered at the Global Forum for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty in Rome from the 13th to the 17th of November 2009.Reaffirming our...

Nicaragua: Police harassment and detention of women's rights defenders

Posted on: Friday, November 6, 2009

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America & Caribbean, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights

A call to action from Front Line, a MADRE partner organization through the Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition. Re: Nicaragua – Police harassment and detention of women's rights defenders, and ill-treatment of Ms Patricia Orozco upon arrestOn 30 October 2009, women...

Bolivia: Training on Rights, Governance and Political Participation, Project Update

Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2009

Keywords: Bolivia, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice

From MADRE's partner organization: International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI)  United and StrengthenedTraining on Rights, Governance and Political Participation to Rural Indigenous Women of CNMCIOB  A Space for Empowering Political and Leadership Capacities Cochabamba, BoliviaOctober 2009The International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI)...

Indigenous Women's Fund Announcement of the First Call for Proposals

Posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Climate Change

A call from MADRE's partner organization the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI).  The International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI) in its commitment to the empowerment of Indigenous women's human rights and Indigenous peoples' collective human rights around the world, is pleased to...

Rural and Indigenous Women's Statement on Climate Change

Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, United Nations, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Climate Change

MADRE and our partner organization the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI) have signed onto this statement from the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD). A full list of signatories will be available closer to the submission date...

Day of Indigenous Resistance

Posted on: Monday, October 12, 2009

Keywords: Human Rights Advocacy, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights

Today is a day that has embedded itself in the public consciousness of many people living in the US—but too often for the wrong reasons.  Today, school children will be taught about an explorer who “sailed the ocean blue,” but...

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...

Saving Lives in Nicaragua: Preparing for Hurricane Season

Posted on: Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America & Caribbean, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights, Water Rights, Emergency Relief

Deadly WaterHouses submerged entirely in floodwaters. Whole villages leveled by winds gusting more than 160 miles per hour. These are often the images that come to mind when we think about the devastation caused by a hurricane in a poor...

International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI) highlighted in the UNPFII quarterly newsletter

Posted on: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, United Nations

The International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI), a MADRE partner organization, was highlighted in the March-July 2009 issue of The Message Stick, the newsletter of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.Indigenous Women: The Permanent Forum reviews progress...

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...

Peru: Indigenous Victory is a Victory for All

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

This month saw an important victory by Indigenous Peoples in Peru. Thanks to their months-long protest, the Peruvian government repealed new laws that opened the Amazon rainforest to oil drilling. This was an important win for Indigenous rights—and for all...

Peru's Congress Overturns Two Decrees that Led to Police Violence

Posted on: Friday, June 19, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

(Updated from original posting June 17, 2009) Six days after the Peruvian National Police attacked and killed Indigenous protestors, the Peruvian government issued a 90-day suspension of two of the ten decrees which had opened Indigenous lands to multi-national corporations...

What's Wrong with the Peru Free Trade Agreement?

Posted on: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, US Foreign Policy

From the Campaign to Repeal the Peru Free Trade Agreement The Peru Free Trade Agreement will:THREATEN SMALL FARMERS. The agreement will favor only a small sector of Peruvian farmers who export to the US. By lowering Peru's tariffs on agricultural products,...

As Peruvian Indigenous Leader Seeks Asylum, Indigenous Voices Must Be Heard

Posted on: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Indigenous Rights

As protests by Indigenous Peoples continue in Peru, Indigenous leader Alberto Pizango this week took refuge at the Nicaraguan embassy in Lima.  The Peruvian government has sought his arrest, charging him with sedition for leading these protests.   Today,...

An Open Letter from the Continental Network of Indigenous Women

Posted on: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America, Indigenous Rights

From CHIRAPAQ, MADRE's sister organization in Peru Translation from the original Spanish.  Continental Network of Indigenous WomenSouth American RegionTo the International Public Lima, June 9, 2009 Call for the Presence and Urgent Mediation from the United Nations in order to Stop the...

MADRE Denounces Peruvian Police Crackdown on Indigenous Protesters

Posted on: Monday, June 8, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Indigenous Rights

Early Friday June 5, as hundreds of Indigenous protesters blocked a highway in the northern province of Bagua, a police force of some 600 opened fire into the crowd, killing 25 and injuring more than 150.  In subsequent clashes over...

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...

Peru: Indigenous Youth Arts, Project Update

Posted on: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Keywords: Peru, Latin America & Caribbean, Peace Building, Indigenous Rights

For the fifth consecutive year, MADRE and our sister organization CHIRAPAQ facilitated a stone carving workshop for Indigenous Quechua and Ashaninkas youth in rural and urban communities in Ayacucho, Peru. The goal of the project is to give Indigenous children...

Nicaragua: Harvesting Hope, Project Update

Posted on: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Nicaragua, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Food Sovereignty

MADRE works with our long-time sister organization Wangki Tangni on the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, where three-quarters of the population suffers from malnutrition. Together we implement Harvesting Hope, a project that provides families with organic vegetable seeds, coordinates a...

MADRE Condemns the Assassination of Indigenous Activist in Colombia

Posted on: Thursday, January 15, 2009

Keywords: Colombia, Indigenous Rights, Emergency Relief

On December 16, 2008, Edwin Legarda was killed by Colombian army personnel when they fired 17 shots into the vehicle he was driving.  He was the husband of Indigenous human rights defender Aida Quilcue, who had recently returned from testifying...

Kenya: Umoja Climate Change | Social Change, Water Project Update

Posted on: Sunday, October 12, 2008

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Kenya, Africa, Indigenous Rights, Water Rights

MADRE has been working with Indigenous Samburu women in rural Kenya to make their communities self-sustaining. In collaboration with the Umoja Uaso Women's Group—an organization and community of Indigenous Samburu women formed in 1990 by 15 women who were rejected...

Mexico: Building an Indigenous Women's Movement, Project Update

Posted on: Saturday, August 9, 2008

Keywords: Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights

MADRE works in Chiapas, Mexico, to support Indigenous Chiapanecan women in building sustainable livelihoods, strengthening women’s cooperatives, and building skills to increase social and political participation. Our project, Building an Indigenous Women’s Movement, is implemented in collaboration with K’inal Antzetik...

Roadmap to a Sustainable Future: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted on: Monday, October 8, 2007

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights

A version of this resource has appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Last month, after 30 years of advocacy by Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations finally passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This Declaration...

Declaration on Indigenous Peoples' Rights Approaches Landmark UN Decision

Posted on: Thursday, September 13, 2007

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights

September 13, 2007—New York—Today, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly will deliberate over whether to adopt the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a human rights framework over twenty years in the making. In advance of these negotiations, MADRE...

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...

Indigenous Women and Sustainable Development

Posted on: Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights

A MADRE Position Paper Indigenous Peoples have fought for centuries against genocide, displacement, colonization, and forced assimilation, preserving their cultures and their identities as distinct Peoples. The ongoing attack has left Indigenous communities among the poorest and most marginalized...

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...

Indigenous Women and International Law

Posted on: Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Keywords: Indigenous Rights

Indigenous Women and International LawBy Dr. Myrna Cunningham KainApril 2003There has been much talk of democracy in recent decades. But even a cursory observation reveals that institutionalized racism against Indigenous Peoples is the norm in every "democratic" country. This racism...

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