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Open Letter on Women's Rights in Iraq - Please Sign

Posted on: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Keywords: Iraq, Combating Violence Against Women, UN

Recently, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted Resolution S-22/1 sponsored by more than 100 states calling for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to dispatch an eleven-person mission to Iraq to investigate human rights violations...

Aid and Shelter for Women Fleeing ISIS

Posted on: Friday, September 12, 2014

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Emergency Relief

When ISIS militants invaded Iraq earlier this summer, the whole world was taken by surprise. No government or big aid agency was prepared for the crisis. But because of you, we were able to respond immediately. Thanks to our on-the-ground...

Understanding ISIS: A Women's Rights Perspective

Posted on: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Keywords: Iraq, Syria

Today, President Obama will announce his plan for military action in Iraq and Syria. His strategy to defeat the ISIS militants who invaded Iraq in June will likely include a call for more airstrikes. After the brutal beheadings of two...

MADRE Condemns US Airstrikes in Iraq

Posted on: Friday, August 8, 2014

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Emergency Relief

The US has launched airstrikes in Iraq, in an attempt to destroy artillery installments of ISIS, an extremist militant group. MADRE calls for an end to these strikes and for an urgent re-prioritization of humanitarian aid efforts. As ISIS has advanced...

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...

Militants Sweep towards Baghdad: Women's Rights Groups Mobilize

Posted on: Thursday, June 12, 2014

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

Led by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the insurgents' rapid advance is raising fears of an all-out civil war

Mothering in Times of Crisis

Posted on: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Keywords: Mother's Day, Syria, Philippines, Iraq

Mothers feed us when we’re hungry. Care for us when we’re sick. Shelter us from the cold. And love us unconditionally. An enormous responsibility in the best of times. Now imagine caring for children in a war zone or disaster....

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. 

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...

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...

Update from OWFI

Posted on: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Keywords: Iraq

We recently received news from Yanar Mohammad, director of our partner organization OWFI. Since our last update, she informed us that the shelters have been working quite well. They continue to provide essential services to many women who are...

Update on Support for Iraqi Children

Posted on: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

There is a generation of children growing up in Iraq who have known nothing but war. And in Haweeja, one small town, their bodies bear the signs of conflict. But together, we can help create health and healing.   For years, US soldiers...

10 Years Since the US Invasion of Iraq: An Interactive Timeline

Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

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A Decade of Occupation for Iraqi Women

Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

A decade after the US invasion of Iraq, only one of the straw-man arguments for going to war remains standing: “We did it for democracy and women’s rights." And yet we hear the same thing again and again from women in...

MADRE and Partners in Iraq Speak Out on 10th Anniversary of Invasion

Posted on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

In an op-ed published today, MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind and Yanar Mohammed of the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) spoke jointly about the decade of occupation and its impact on women’s rights: 

If you talk to...

Take Action for Children Suffering in Iraq

Posted on: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

Click here to send a message of support to the mothers of Haweeja

Iraq: A War that Doesn't End

Posted on: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

Eight months ago, the US officially announced the end of its military engagement in Iraq. Now, it is anxious to abandon its responsibility to the country.  Despite claims that the war is coming to a close, the brutal legacies of...

Today Is Not the End of the Iraq War

Posted on: Thursday, December 15, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, US Foreign Policy

As the troops return from Iraq, we must ask what the US is leaving behind.

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.

MADRE Endorses Mobilization of the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Posted on: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Keywords: Activism, New York, Labor, Poverty, Guatemala, Iraq, Sudan

MADRE stands with the thousands of protesters who have occupied Wall Street and with their allies worldwide.

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.

Video: Yanar Mohammed Thanks MADRE Supporters

Posted on: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Human Rights Advocacy, Middle East

Watch this message from Yanar Mohammed of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq to MADRE supporters.

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.

Meet MADRE: Women as First Responders to Conflict and Disaster

Posted on: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Keywords: Sudan, Iraq, Nicaragua, Emergency Relief, Women Human Rights Defenders

Recently, MADRE launched the new

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.

Ending War Means Ending Violence against Women

Posted on: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Iraq, Middle East, Combatting Violence against Women

Rosemary Gonzalez was murdered in 2009, the victim of a war that ended in 1996...

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.

Getting Stronger Every Generation: Six Women's Stories

Posted on: Monday, May 2, 2011

Keywords: Nicaragua, Sudan, Iraq

When Mother's Day was first celebrated, it was a call for women to unite against war. It was a day of activism founded...

Detained Youth Activist Released in Iraq as Protests Continue

Posted on: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

MADRE received the great news from our partner in Iraq, Yanar Mohammed, that Firas Ali, one of the pro-democracy youth activists who had been detained, was finally released yesterday. Firas Ali and Alaa Nabil, both activists affiliated with MADRE's...

No More Arrests and Torture of Demonstrators in Iraq: Release Youth Activist Firas Ali

Posted on: Friday, April 15, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy, Peace Building

We just received a statement from Yanar Mohammed, President of our partner in Iraq, condemning the torture of youth activists.

Video: Pro-Democracy Activists in Iraq Under Threat

Posted on: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy, Peace Building

A conversation with Yanar Mohammed about threats facing Iraqi protesters.

Pro-Democracy Youth Activist in Iraq Tortured and Threatened

Posted on: Monday, March 28, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Human Rights Advocacy, Middle East

Last week, a youth activist organizing pro-democracy protests in Iraq was kidnapped, detained and tortured...

Letter to Iraqi Officials: Kidnapping and Torture of Youth Activist, Alaa Nabil

Posted on: Monday, March 28, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy, Peace Building

MADRE's Executive Director Yifat Susskind and Yanar Mohammed, the Executive Director of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), have written this letter to Iraqi officials in response to the kidnapping and torture of youth activist, Alaa Nabil. To...

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...

Women Murdered Every Day in Guatemala

Posted on: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Guatemala, Latin America

Last Sunday, the Guatemalan security forces reported that eight women had been killed in the past 24 hours.

Amplify Women's Voices

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Guatemala, Iraq, Sudan, Women Human Rights Defenders, International Women's Day

For 100 years, women worldwide have demonstrated for their rights every March 8. In honor of this 100th International Women’s Day, through the month of March, MADRE is mobilizing 100 people to each give $100 to help secure the rights...

Iraqi Protests Continue into a Second Week

Posted on: Friday, March 4, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

For the second Friday in a row, thousands of people took to the streets in Baghdad, Basra and other cities across Iraq. Despite a ban on vehicles in Baghdad, many walked for hours to join the protests. ...

The Day of Iraqi Rage

Posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

We just received the following update from Yanar Mohammed, the director of our partner organization in Iraq, about the spread of demonstrations into Iraqi cities.

See What MADRE Members Have Accomplished in Iraq

Posted on: Thursday, November 11, 2010

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

We profile Yanar Mohammed of The Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq

Iraq: MADRE Partner Discusses the Withdrawal of US Troops

Posted on: Monday, August 23, 2010

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy, Obama Administration

MADRE Partner Yanar Mohammed of the Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) was on Democracy Now! earlier this week to discuss the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and what that means for the Iraqi people.A note from Yanar:There...

Culture Alone Fails to Account for Female Genital Mutilation

Posted on: Sunday, June 20, 2010

Keywords: Women's Health, Iraq, Middle East

The report by Human Rights Watch on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kurdistan reveals the troubling reality facing women and girls compelled to undergo the procedure. Human Rights Watch references specifically the failure of the Kurdistan Regional Government to take...

Stories of our Sisters 2010

Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2010

Keywords: Haiti, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Colombia, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan

Stories of our Sisters 2010 This month, MADRE published Stories of our Sisters 2010, our Spring/Summer Newsletter. Below you can read the stories from our sisters. To read the newsletter as a whole, check out the newsletter online. If you...

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...

The Seven-Year Anniversary of an Illegal War

Posted on: Friday, March 19, 2010

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy, Obama Administration

Today, March 19, 2010 marks the 7th anniversary of the launch of the Iraq war. Since the very beginning, MADRE has been part of the movement against the war. Together with our partner, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq...

Oh, Those "Disappointing" Iraqis

Posted on: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Keywords: Middle East, Iraq

It may be months before we know the final tally of Iraq’s March 7 parliamentary elections. But one thing is already clear. As The New York Times editorial page put it today, “Beyond the closeness of the race, the new results—disappointingly—show Iraqis once...

Calling on President Obama to Reconfirm Administration's Commitment to Withdrawal from Iraq

Posted on: Friday, March 5, 2010

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy, Obama Administration

MADRE joins other organizations in calling on President Obama to reconfirm his commitment to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by August 31, 2010.To: President Barack Obama1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington DC 20500 Dear President Obama:We are deeply concerned by recent indications...

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...

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...

You and MADRE in 2010

Posted on: Thursday, January 7, 2010

Keywords: Sudan, Kenya, Guatemala, Palestine, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Colombia, Afghanistan, Emergency Relief

Make this the year that you become an unstoppable force for women’s human rights.When you partner with MADRE in 2010, you’ll: Save lives, Build lasting solutions to violence and poverty, and Join the world’s bravest women in making human rights...

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...

MADRE Year End Report

Posted on: Thursday, November 19, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Nicaragua, Sudan

How Your Gifts Save LivesMADRE is a small organization with a big reach. We're able to have an impact beyond our size because we know how to focus on the most strategic places to make change. We focus on the...

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...

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...

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,...

World Refugee Day 2009

Posted on: Monday, June 22, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia, Sudan, Refugees, Peace Building

World Refugee Day was this week, so we wanted to share a few quick snapshots of the experiences and living conditions of both refugees and internally displaced people in some of the places in which we work. For years, MADRE’s...

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...

MADRE Talking Points on Iraq: Six Years of "Liberation" and an Epidemic of Violence Against Women

Posted on: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Peace Building

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 as a way to...

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...

Resources on the Provincial Elections in Iraq

Posted on: Friday, January 30, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy

On Saturday, January 31, Iraq will hold its first elections since 2005, also marking the first time that provincial councils will guarantee seats for female candidates. MADRE Resources:MEDIA ADVISORY: Quotas in Upcoming Elections in Iraq to Place...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Quotas in Upcoming Elections in Iraq to Place Women in Local Government Positions

Posted on: Thursday, January 29, 2009

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Peace Building

WHAT: On Saturday, January 31, Iraq will hold its first elections since 2005, also marking the first time that provincial councils will guarantee seats for female candidates.  As increasing levels of violence in Iraq have jeopardized women’s lives, particularly in...

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...

MADRE supports women at the epicenter of the global food crisis.

Posted on: Thursday, June 5, 2008

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Global Food Crisis, Haiti, Guatemala, Sudan, Iraq, Kenya, Nicaragua, Food Sovereignty

We are working to meet immediate needs for food, create local, sustainable solutions to hunger, and demand new economic policies that recognize that food is not a commodity, but a human right. MADRE is working through our Emergency and...

As UN Summit Ends, MADRE Emphasizes Women's Rights as Central to Resolving Global Food Crisis

Posted on: Thursday, June 5, 2008

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Global Food Crisis, Guatemala, Haiti, Sudan, Iraq, Emergency Relief, Food Sovereignty

June 5, 2008—New York, NY—Today, as more than 40 world leaders gathered in Rome wrap up a United Nations summit on the global food crisis, MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, emphasizes that small-scale women farmers should be central...

A Conversation with Haifa Zangana

Posted on: Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

MADRE Communications Director Yifat Susskind recently had the opportunity to speak with Haifa Zangana, an Iraqi activist and author. In this video, they discuss the long history of the Iraqi women's rights movement and the impact of the US...

Dia de la MADRE: In Celebration of Mothers around the Globe

Posted on: Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Keywords: Sudan, Iraq, Colombia, Peace Building, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East

This piece was published in the May issue of MotherVerse Magazine. Twenty-five years ago, in the summer of 1983, a partnership was forged between a group of Nicaraguan women and a group of women in the United States. At...

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...

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...

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...

"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...

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,...

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...

Sunni and Shiite Youth Demand Peace Through Art

Posted on: Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Keywords: Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

February 7, 2007—New York—This weekend in Baghdad, a brave group of young Sunni and Shiite artists and poets will come together to demand peace and resist the violent sectarianism consuming Iraq. MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, is working...

Beyond the Surge: Demanding an End to Bush's War

Posted on: Thursday, January 11, 2007

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

By Yifat Susskind, Communications Director Wednesday night, Bush the Decider announced his intention to throw gasoline on the inferno he ignited in Iraq. He will send in another 21,500 US soldiers, who will kill and injure many more Iraqis and...

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...

The Iraq Debate: Looking for a Few Good Principles

Posted on: Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Keywords: Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

With debate raging about what the US should do in Iraq, one thing is clear: nobody has a full solution to the horror that the US has unleashed. Yet, this week's release of the Iraq Study Group's (ISG) report offers...

War on Civilians: A MADRE Guide to the Middle East Crisis

Posted on: Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Keywords: Peace Building, Iraq, Middle East

As the crisis engulfing Gaza, Israel, and Lebanon continues into its second week, MADRE reiterates its call for the protection of civilians in the Middle East. On July 12, MADRE immediately condemned Hezbollah's rocket attacks on civilians in Israel, and...

"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...

Misery in the Name of Democracy: The US Works Elections in Iraq, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, December 1, 2005

Keywords: Iraq, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East, Haiti

The Bush Administration is touting Iraq's December 15 election as a giant leap forward for freedom guaranteed to ignite fervor for democracy across the entire Middle East. But closer to home, the Administration has discovered that democracy has created a...

Iraq's Second-Class Citizens

Posted on: Thursday, August 18, 2005

Keywords: Iraq

This article was published by TomPaine.com. By Yifat Susskind, MADRE Associate Director This week’s constitutional crisis in Baghdad demonstrates again that the Bush administration’s drive to recreate the Middle East in its own image is producing theocracy, not democracy, in...

The View from Falluja

Posted on: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

The View from FallujaNovember 17, 2004From Yanar Mohammed, founder of MADRE’s sister organization, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in IraqNovember 17, 2004Air raids, bombing and all kinds of siege continue over the city, a result of which one fourth of...

One Year Later: Women's Human Rights in "Liberated" Iraq

Posted on: Thursday, April 1, 2004

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

One Year Later: Women’s Human Rights in “Liberated” IraqBy Yifat Susskind, Associate DirectorSpring 2004“We will deliver the food and medicine you need. We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to build a new Iraq that...

US-Appointed Council Abolishes Rights of Iraqi Women: MADRE Supports International Campaign to Repeal Resolution 137

Posted on: Friday, January 30, 2004

Keywords: Iraq

January 30, 2004 - New York.  MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, opposes the imposition of Islamic law on the people of Iraq by the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council (IGC). Under IGC Resolution 137, issued on December 29, 2003,...

10 Reasons to Oppose US Militarization of Aid and Reconstruction in Iraq

Posted on: Sunday, April 13, 2003

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Peace Building

"We will deliver the food and medicine you need. We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to build a new Iraq that is prosperous and free." George Bush, televised address, 3/17/03. ...

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