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Women as Peacemakers

Posted on: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Keywords: Latin America and Caribbean, Guatemala, Africa, Middle East, Peace Building, UN

Mother, sister, daughter, wife. These are words we often use to describe women. But consider these words: peacemaker, negotiator, agent of change. In fact, the world over, it’s women who are working as powerful peacemakers in their communities and countries. In...

Violence and Grave Abuses Against Iraqi Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals Reported in Two New Briefings

Posted on: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

The rising tide of violence and turmoil in Iraq poses grave threats...

Tell US to stop opposing UN resolutions on depleted uranium

Posted on: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Environmental Justice, US Foreign Policy, UN

The US is one of the only nations to repeatedly oppose UN resolutions that would push for research on the damaging health effects of depleted uranium in weapons, including life-threatening cancers and birth defects. Join MADRE in telling US leaders...

International Campaign Warns: No Women, No Peace In Iraq

Posted on: Monday, October 27, 2014

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

As world powers deploy military missions to fight ISIL*, the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict is urging them prioritize ending widespread sexual violence...

Helping Women and Families Heal in Gaza

Posted on: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Keywords: Palestine, Gaza, Middle East, Women's Health, Emergency Relief, Reproductive Rights

When we called for help responding to the emergency in Gaza, you answered. Thank you. You made it possible for us to bring urgent aid to women and families there, through our partners at the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. Eight weeks of deadly...

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...

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...

Emergency Medical Aid Saving Lives in Gaza

Posted on: Friday, August 1, 2014

Keywords: Middle East, Palestine, Peace Building

Gaza is embroiled in a humanitarian disaster, and hundreds of thousands of Gaza's women and families are in danger. They've now been plunged into darkness by the airstrike that destroyed Gaza's only power plant. What's worse, without that power plant,...

MADRE Calls for an End to Israel's Ground Assault on Gaza and for a Permanent Ceasefire

Posted on: Friday, July 18, 2014

Keywords: Palestine, Gaza, Middle East, Peace Building, Emergency Relief

Israel has launched a ground operation in Gaza, a drastic escalation of violence. More than 260 Palestinians and two Israelis have been killed in less than two weeks. The majority of the dead since Israeli airstrikes began in Gaza have been civilians,...

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...

MADRE Mourns the Death of Palestinian and Israeli Children and Calls for an End to Violence

Posted on: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Keywords: Middle East, Palestine, Peace Building

The news is worse. Rocket attacks from Gaza and bombings from Israel have plunged communities into new violence.

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.

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

Midwives for Peace: In Their Own Words

Posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East, Women's Health, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights, Peace Building

Midwives for Peace is a network of Palestinian and Israeli midwives, supported by MADRE. They work together to promote peace and protect the health of mothers in the West Bank.  In February, the midwives gathered for their quarterly meeting. These gatherings...

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,...

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...

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...

Petition: Create a Space for Syrian Women's Voices at Peace Talks

Posted on: Monday, November 25, 2013

Keywords: Syria, Middle East

The peace talks to bring a political settlement to the war in Syria were postponed yet again. In the interim, the slaughter of civilians continues. There will be thousands more deaths as winter encroaches, and as humanitarian aid fails to...

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...

Three Questions for You and President Obama

Posted on: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Keywords: Syria, Middle East

There’s still time to make your voice heard. Say NO to bombing Syria and YES to a peaceful, democratic solution. Here’s how: Email your representatives in the House and in the Senate. Make a phone call. Dial the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to...

No US War on Syria: Talks, Not Bombs, Needed in Response to Chemical Attacks

Posted on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Keywords: Syria, Middle East

Evidence has emerged of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war, with hundreds of people killed and thousands injured. Any attack on civilians is a war crime, and MADRE unequivocally denounces the use of chemical weapons by...

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...

Our Sisterhood is Our Strength: Our Victories Together

Posted on: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Keywords: Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East

I'm happy to share with you our annual report, highlighting the victories that you made possible last year!

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...

Women Speak Out: No Arms for Syrian Rebels

Posted on: Friday, June 14, 2013

Keywords: Syria, Middle East, Violence Against Women, US Policy

MADRE spoke out today to oppose the Obama Administration's decision to send arms to Syrian opposition forces.

Q & A on the War in Syria

Posted on: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Keywords: Syria, Middle East

For more than two 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 millions of Syrians caught in the crisis should...

Send a Message to Celebrate Palestinian and Israeli Midwives!

Posted on: Thursday, May 16, 2013

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East

As an anniversary gift, I brought the midwives bracelets! All over the world, women are denied their fundamental reproductive rights. From a lack of basic health check-ups to scarce family planning services, this is the reality too many women face.  In places...

Mothers Fight Back

Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Keywords: Middle East, Latin America, Africa

This Sunday is Mother's Day, and like many of you, I will spend it at home with my family. I’m looking forward to the home-made cards and presents from my kids, and maybe the great gift of sleeping in an...

How Not to End the War in Syria

Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Keywords: Syria, Middle East

As the war engulfing Syria worsens, the Obama Administration must prioritize the needs of civilians and resist the growing pressure for military intervention. Diplomacy and increased humanitarian aid are what’s needed now to alleviate suffering and build peace.  Syrians are facing...

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...

The Prospects for Peace in Israel and Palestine

Posted on: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Keywords: Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy, Peace Building

MADRE on the facts of the 2012 conflict between Gaza and Israel.

MADRE Q & A: The Prospects for Peace in Israel and Palestine

Posted on: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East

Today, at the United Nations, governments are voting on granting Palestine non-member observer status, implicitly recognizing it as a state. Meanwhile, a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, ending eight days of bloodshed, is holding as negotiations continue.  In recent weeks,...

Women Peace Activists Demand an End to Attacks in Gaza and Israel

Posted on: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East

MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, condemns the growing violence that has killed at least 18 people in the past days: 15 in Gaza and three in Israel. We assert that all attacks against civilians must end immediately.

"Muslim Rage": So Much Easier Than Thinking

Posted on: Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keywords: Middle East, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Yemen, US Policy

This piece was originally published in Common Dreams. I know you’re not stupid, but the mainstream media seems to think you are. Why else would Newsweek’s front page feature a picture of an angry man wearing a turban and run the headline,...

MADRE Stands With the Victims of Violence, Reiterates Need for US Policy to be Rights-Based

Posted on: Thursday, September 13, 2012

Keywords: Middle East, Libya, Egypt, US Policy

We at MADRE condemn the recent attacks on the US embassy in Libya and extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who were killed. MADRE stands with all of the victims of violence, including the many...

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...

Breaking Barriers: Humanitarian Aid to Palestine and Cuba

Posted on: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Keywords: Midwives for Peace, Palestine, Cuba, Middle East, LAC, Humanitarian Aid

This post originally appeared in Peace x Peace. By Yifat Susskind “They are among the most marginalized people, suffering at the hands of governments playing political games with their lives. In my travels to Cuba and Palestine, I have seen this firsthand.” *** “Blockade”...

Send Messages of Hope for Cuba and Palestine

Posted on: Thursday, July 26, 2012

Keywords: Cuba, Palestine, Middle East, Latin America and Caribbean, Women's Health

Click here for a chance to have your voice heard by our sisters in Cuba and Palestine.

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.

Egyptians Vote in First Free Presidential Election

Posted on: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Keywords: Middle East, Africa, Peace Building

15 months after former dictator Hosni Mubarak was ousted, Egyptians took to the polls to vote for president.

Mothers Need More than One Day

Posted on: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Keywords: Mother's Day, Sudan, Guatemala, Palestine, Kenya, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East, Reproductive Rights

This Mother's Day, MADRE asks: what if we appreciated mothers all year long?

Midwives for Peace: A New Ultrasound Machine for Palestinian Midwives!

Posted on: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East, Women's Health, Peace Building

An update from MADRE's partner organization, Midwives for Peace.

MADRE Condemns the Assassinations of Syrian Civilians

Posted on: Thursday, February 9, 2012

Keywords: Syria, Middle East, Human Rights

MADRE calls an immediate end to attacks against protesters and civilians in Syria.

Midwives for Peace: Empowering Birth Experiences Last a Lifetime

Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East, Women's Health, Peace Building

An update from MADRE's partner organization Midwives for Peace.

2011's Big Wins - Brought to You by Women

Posted on: Thursday, December 29, 2011

Keywords: Peace Building, Middle East, Africa, UN, Human Rights Advocacy, Economic Justice

From New York City to Egypt to South Sudan, 2011 was a year of transformations.

Event: Today at 5:30pm Join Women in Black in Zuccotti Park

Posted on: Thursday, December 22, 2011

Keywords: Human Rights Advocacy, Palestine, Middle East

Join Women in Black to support the Occupy Wall Street movement and call for an end to the occupation of Palestine.

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.

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.

MADRE Supports Pro-Democracy Protesters in Egypt as Their Fight for Democracy Continues

Posted on: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Keywords: Middle East, Africa, Human Rights Advocacy

MADRE condemns the violent response of the Egyptian military and urges President Obama to suspend military aid to the country.

Women Living Under Muslim Laws Releases Statement on Libya and Sharia Law

Posted on: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Keywords: Libya, Middle East, Peace Building, Human Rights

The following statement was issued by Women Living Under Muslim Laws in response to the Libyan National Transition Committee's decision to impose sharia law as the country's primary source of legislation.Women Living Under Muslim Laws Statement on Libya 25 October...

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.

Midwives for Peace Come Together in Friendship

Posted on: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Activism, Peace Building, Middle East

An update from MADRE sister organization Midwives for Peace

Resources on Palestinian Statehood Vote

Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Gaza, Middle East, UN, US Foreign Policy

Today, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is expected to submit a request for Palestinian statehood to the United Nations.

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.

Despite Barriers, Palestinian and Israeli Midwives Join to Defend Women's Health

Posted on: Monday, July 25, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East, Women's Health, Peace Building, Reproductive Rights

Palestinian and Israeli midwives refuse to be enemies.

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.

Alice Walker: Why I'm joining the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

Posted on: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Keywords: Gaza, Israel, Middle East, US Foreign Policy, Peace Building

Author and long time MADRE supporter, Alice Walker tells us why she is sailing on the U.S boat to Gaza.

State Department Officials Have an Obligation to Speak Out Against Israeli Threats to Attack U.S. Boat to Gaza

Posted on: Friday, June 24, 2011

Keywords: Gaza, Israel, Middle East, US Foreign Policy

U.S peace activists express outrage over the lack of protection from the U.S Government.

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.

MADRE Condemns Death Threats against Nehad Abu-al-Qumsan

Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2011

Keywords: Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy, Women Human Rights Defenders

MADRE denounces the recent death threats issued against...

Project Update: Sharing Midwifery Skills to Build Peace

Posted on: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building, Reproductive Rights, Women's Health

MADRE's sister organization Midwives for Peace is expanding their work of ensuring safe deliveries in the West Bank.

MADRE Denounces the Violent Attacks against Palestinian Refugee Protesters

Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East

On Sunday, protesters demonstrated in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank to mark the anniversary of the “Nakba” (“catastrophe”), the mass displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with the formation of Israel in 1948. They...

Events: "Blueprint for Accountability" and "US Boat to Gaza's Sunset Cruise"

Posted on: Friday, May 13, 2011

Keywords: Gaza, Middle East, US Foreign Policy, Event

If you are in the NY area you can take part in two upcoming events about Gaza.

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...

Event: A Dialogue On Feminist Peace Activism in the Midst of Conflict

Posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Middle East, US Foriegn Policy

This event will bring the perspectives of women so often absent from the discourse on the Israeli / Palestinian conflict.

Take Action: Join the "To Gaza With Love" Letters Campaign

Posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building

Write a letter and join this collective action of friendship with the Palestinian people.

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.

Take Action: Tell Congress to Block US Ground Troops from Libya

Posted on: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Keywords: Libya, Middle East, US Foreign Policy

Tell your representative to support an initiative that would prevent Congress from funding ground troop presence in Libya.

Don't Let NATO Chill the Arab Spring

Posted on: Monday, April 11, 2011

Keywords: Middle East, Africa, US Policy

MADRE stands with the people of Libya fighting for democracy and an end to repressive government.

MADRE Mourns the Death of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Posted on: Friday, April 8, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Middle East, Activist

MADRE joins many in mourning the death of Juliano Mer-Khamis, an activist who used theater to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and Israel. He co-founded and directed the Freedom Theater of Jenin, reaching out to the young generation...

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...

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...

Project Update: Looking for Clean Water in Occupied Gaza

Posted on: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East, Environmental Justice, Water Rights

Gaza’s water crisis is one of the most urgent humanitarian crises in the region. In Gaza City, many houses have running water only once a week, and in some of the poorest communities, families do not have taps in or...

Violent Crackdown Against Protesters in Bahrain; Hospitals Also Targeted

Posted on: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Keywords: Bahrain, Middle East, Peace Building

MADRE received the following appeal from Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) who in turn received it from their colleagues in Bahrain:Civil society organizations in Bahrain are appealing for support, as developments in the country today have led to serious safety risks...

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.

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.

Messages of Solidarity and Protection for the Demonstrators of Egypt from MADRE's Partner in Iraq

Posted on: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Keywords: Middle East, Egypt

MADRE's sister organization, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), responds to...

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...

Event Update: Salt of This Sea - SUHEIR HAMMAD at Quad Cinema TONIGHT for Q and A, 7:30 p.m.

Posted on: Thursday, August 19, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, Gaza

Cannes 2008 Selection, SALT OF THIS SEA (Milh Hadha al-Bahr),  EXTENDED WEEK IN NYC:** SUHEIR HAMMAD IN PERSON THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 AT 7:30 SCREENING  **Exclusive Engagement at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th St, near Union Square)SHOWTIMES THURSDAY, AUGUST 19: ...

Event Update: Salt of This Sea Still in Theaters!

Posted on: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, Gaza

There's still time to see Salt of This Sea!

Event: Salt of this Sea (Milh Hadha al-Bahr) Opens Friday, August 13th in New York City

Posted on: Friday, August 13, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy

Join us for SALT OF THIS SEA (Milh Hadha al-Bahr), this Friday, August 13, in New York City.

A Peaceful Boycott Should Not be a Crime

Posted on: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy

In its bid to maintain its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, the Israeli government has launched a new offensive, this one against its own citizens. A bill that is currently before the Knesset would allow...

You Can Help End Suffering in Gaza

Posted on: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Middle East, Gaza, Water Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

Ghalia, like so many mothers in Gaza, struggles every day to find clean water for herself and her children. And she worries every day about her children becoming sick or even dying from the filthy water they are sometimes forced to drink.

Clean Water for Gaza: Maryam's Story

Posted on: Monday, July 26, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Middle East, Gaza, Water Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Profile

Early last year, Israel destroyed much of Gaza’s rudimentary water infrastructure in a protracted bombing campaign. Since then, an ongoing economic blockade has prevented Gazans from importing materials they need to rebuild the water system. Contaminated drinking water is putting...

Fact Sheet: The Water Crisis in Gaza

Posted on: Monday, July 26, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Middle East, Gaza, Water Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

The Water Crisis in GazaSince 1967, the Gaza Strip has been under Israeli military occupation. As a result, Palestinians in Gaza have endured many harmful policies, including the denial of their rightful share of water and restrictions on developing water...

MADRE Brings Gaza to the United Nations' Attention

Posted on: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Gaza, UN

The blockade of goods to Gaza imposed by the Israeli government has had crippling effect on Palestinians, severely impacting the flow of essential supplies including food, medicine and water. Restricting supplies has led to critical decline in the water supply....

Event: Bil'in Habibti (Bil'in My Love)

Posted on: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building

Jewish Voice for Peace-New York Presents Bil'in Habibti (Bil'in My Love), the 2005 movie by Israeli Shai Pollack about the joint Palestinian-Israeli struggle against the Wall in Bil'in.

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...

Event: Free Gaza Flotilla Survivor Tells Her Story

Posted on: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, Gaza

 Where:  All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th Sts., New York CityWhen:  7 pm Wednesday, June 9Ann Wright, retired US Army Colonel and former U.S. diplomat, and outspoken anti-war activist will talk about her experiences with...

Physicians for Human Rights Israel's actions & response to Gaza Flotilla incident

Posted on: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, Gaza

A letter from Gila Norich, Director of Development at Physicians for Human Rights Israel. Waking up to Monday's events was disheartening and shocking, to say the least. Throughout the ordeal, Physicians for Human Rights- Israel has remained in constant contact...

Event: Demonstrate to Support Free Gaza Flotilla - Thursday, May 27 5 pm until 7:30 pm

Posted on: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, Gaza

COME THURSDAY, MAY 27, 5 PM-7:30 PM TO DEMONSTRATE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE FREE GAZA FLOTILLA.  TELL THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF HUMANITARIAN AID TO GAZA. Meet at 5 pm on 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue in New York City. ...

Event: Women in Black, Union Square

Posted on: Monday, May 24, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building

Women in Black are holding a special event  to acknowledge 43 years of Occupation by Israel of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza—and the disastrous effects it has had upon the Palestinian people.Please join us.Thursday June 3, 2010, 5:30...

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...

Event: Pogroms in Hebron

Posted on: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Keywords: Event, Israel, Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building

Jewish Voice for Peace - New York Presents Their Kick-Off Community EventPogroms in Hebron: Courtesy of America

Hebron is a city under siege. The final resting place of Abraham, revered by Jews and Muslims alike, is home to the...

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...

Event: Protest Friends of the IDF and Ashkenazi!

Posted on: Thursday, March 4, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy, Event

Printable Flyer Join human rights organizations for a moving procession to protest the annual fundraising dinner of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces & and keynote IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.  WHEN: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 from 5:00 -...

Event: Procession for Justice for the Palestinian People

Posted on: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Human Rights Advocacy

 Israeli War Criminals Feast at the Waldorf while Palestinians Hunger for JusticeJoin us for a moving procession to protest the 2010 Annual New York Gala Dinner of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)WE WILL NOT BE SILENTNO to...

Palestinian and Israeli midwives come together for professional development

Posted on: Friday, February 19, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Women's Health, Reproductive Rights

MADRE's partners in Palestine, Midwives for Peace, hosted their first co-existence meeting of 2010 earlier this week. Midwives and health practitioners from both Palestine and Israel gathered for a professional development meeting as well as to share personal stories about...

Take Action:

Posted on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Gaza

MADRE belongs to the coalition US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Unfortunately, it's not too often that we get the opportunity to thank Members of Congress for doing the right thing.  That's why it's so important to do so...

Gaza Freedom March Ends--But Our Work of Ending Israeli Apartheid Continues!

Posted on: Monday, January 11, 2010

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Gaza

MADRE is a member of the coalition US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.  The Gaza Freedom March is over, but our work of changing U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine is more important now than ever!Over 1,300 people from across the...

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...

Take Action on the Anniversary of Israel's Assault on Gaza!

Posted on: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East

Join MADRE and other members of the coalition US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: join us in taking action for Gaza. Find a Gaza Freedom March event in your area.   Learn how to organize your own Gaza Freedom...

Childbirth under Occupation: A Conversation between Yifat Susskind and a Palestinian Midwife

Posted on: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Women's Health, Reproductive Rights

In the West Bank, Palestinian women in labor are routinely denied access to necessary medical care by Israeli military checkpoints and roadblocks. MADRE partners with a group of Palestinian and Israeli midwives to ensure that skilled, well-equipped midwives are available...

Palestine: Meeting with Palestinian and Israeli Midwives, Midwives for Peace - Project Update

Posted on: Thursday, August 27, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Women's Health, Reproductive Rights

Midwives for Peace, MADRE's newest sister organization in Palestine, recently organized two meetings between Israeli and Palestinian midwives: one in Tel Aviv, Israel and the other in Ramallah, Palestine. At the meetings, Palestinian and Israeli midwives got to know each...

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...

Ezra Nawi's sentencing delayed, Action Update

Posted on: Friday, August 21, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Ezra Nawi

The sentencing for Ezra Nawi, Israeli human rights activist, has been postponed until September 2009. Ezra Nawi was arrested for standing between an Israeli bulldozer and the home of a Palestinian family in the West Bank. Though his protest was...

The Ezra I Knew: The Man with the Roses

Posted on: Saturday, August 8, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Ezra Nawi, Human Rights Advocacy

By Jessi Roemer, MADRE supporter, cantorial soloist and writer. I first knew Ezra Nawi as the man with the roses. He was not a florist. He was a plumber, a gentle Jerusalemite who would show up every Friday at French...

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...

Iranian Women at the Forefront of Protests

Posted on: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Keywords: Iran, Middle East

We recently received a message from Roya Hakakian, an Iranian-American writer and journalist.  Given all that has been going on in Iran in the past weeks, we wanted to share her words with you.

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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...

Palestine: Gaza Emergency Relief, Project Update - Zakher Association

Posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Emergency Relief, Gaza

Shortly after the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza began in January of 2009, the Zakher Association, a Gazan women’s rights organization, reached out to MADRE to request emergency relief for the women and families in the communities where the organization...

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...

MADRE Co-Sponsors a Delegation to Gaza

Posted on: Thursday, March 5, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Emergency Relief

MADRE is co-sponosoring Codepink's delegation to Gaza where they are meeting with several organizations, including MADRE's partner organization in Gaza, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.From Codepink's website:Itinerary:    Meet up in Cairo, Egypt on March 5    Travel to Gaza on March...

Palestine: Gaza Emergency Relief, Project Update

Posted on: Monday, February 16, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Emergency Relief, Gaza

Just days after the Israeli airstrikes against Gaza began, MADRE was working to facilitate an emergency response to the rising crisis. Relying on a well-established partnership with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), MADRE was able to channel support from...

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...

MADRE's sister organization in Gaza outlines 12 month plan to address massive medical and humanitarian crisis left by invasion

Posted on: Monday, January 19, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Emergency Relief, Gaza

While the bombardment of Gaza is currently halted, the impact of a month of ceaseless violence against women and families is catastrophic. MADRE's sister organization, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, has assessed the most critical needs of the population and...

Israeli military operation advancing towards PMRS head office in Gaza

Posted on: Thursday, January 15, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Emergency Relief, Gaza

An update from our sister organization in Gaza, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS): Ramallah, 15/01/09: Today, the Israeli military operation in Gaza has entered its twentieth day. It is the heaviest and most destructive day thus far and seriously...

Israel's use of non-conventional weapons in Gaza

Posted on: Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Emergency Relief, Gaza

An update from our sister organization in Gaza, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS): There is growing evidence that the Israeli army is using non-conventional weapons in its assault on Gaza according to a report released on Friday 9 January...

Questions & Answers about War on Gaza

Posted on: Saturday, January 10, 2009

Keywords: Israel, Palestine, Middle East

Questions & Answers about War on GazaAs Israel’s war on Gaza continues into its 13th day,  MADRE responds some of the questions that we’re hearing from MADRE members about the crisis. Q. Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend its...

Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Posted on: Saturday, January 10, 2009

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Emergency Relief, Gaza

An update from our sister organization in Gaza, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS):Saturday morning, the 27th of December, Israel started a massive offensive in the Gaza Strip, leaving behind death, destruction and intense suffering. Israeli military planes carried out...

Israeli Airstrikes Increase Cycle of Violence

Posted on: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Emergency Relief, Gaza

MADRE condemns the latest Israeli airstrikes in Gaza and the on-going Hamas rocket-fire into Israel.  MADRE calls for a halt to all violence against civilians.  Both the Hamas rocket attacks and the Israeli airstrikes violate international law and further undermine...

Palestine's Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood

Posted on: Monday, December 29, 2008

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East, Gaza

Mustafa Barghouthi, founder of MADRE’s sister organization Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) and current Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, wrote a piece about the situation in Gaza published in the Huffington Post on December 29, 2008. Palestine's Guernica and...

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...

US Air Strikes in Afghanistan Kill 90 Civilians

Posted on: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Keywords: Peace Building, Afghanistan, Middle East

Last week, in one of the most devastating attacks since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, US air strikes took the lives of at least 90 civilians—including 60 children. These numbers have been verified by a team of UN...

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...

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...

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...

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...

New Year, No Resolutions on Climate Change

Posted on: Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Climate Change

With the dramatic wrap-up of the UN climate change conference in Bali, 2007 is drawing to a close. Now we have seven short years—until 2015—to reverse the rise of greenhouse gas emissions and avoid a global temperature increase of two...

What is Biodiversity?

Posted on: Saturday, December 8, 2007

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Climate Change

Biodiversity (short for biological diversity) refers to the variety and patterns of life on Earth, encompassing everything from small genetic differences within and between species to the range of ecosystems—including forests, wetlands, deserts, mountains, lakes, oceans, and agricultural landscapes—that form...

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...

"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...

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...

Ongoing Crisis in the Middle East

Posted on: Monday, November 6, 2006

Keywords: Peace Building, Middle East, Palestine, Israel

A MADRE Position Paper The Crisis Since September 2000, Palestinians have been waging their second national uprising (Intifada) in a bid to end Israel’s 38-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. In response, Israeli forces have shelled Palestinian...

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...

MADRE Calls for Protection of Civilians as Violence Escalates in Lebanon, Israel, and Gaza

Posted on: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Keywords: Peace Building, Lebanon, Israel, Middle East

July 12, 2006—New York—MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, expresses grave concern for the safety of Palestinian, Israeli, and Lebanese civilians as a "two-front war" looms in the Middle East. On Wednesday morning, fighters from the Lebanese-based Hezbollah...

MADRE Calls for Immediate Halt to Israeli Invasion of Gaza

Posted on: Thursday, July 6, 2006

Keywords: Peace Building, Middle East, Israel, Palestine

MADRE joins the call of Israeli, Palestinian, and international human rights organizations for an immediate end to the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip and for the protection of Palestinian and Israeli civilians. Israel says that its military assault...

MADRE Mobilizes Support for Palestinian Children in Gaza and Calls for Immediate End to Israeli Invasion

Posted on: Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Keywords: Peace Building, Palestine, Middle East

July 7, 2006—New York—MADRE, an international women's human rights organization, issued a statement today calling for an immediate end to the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip. MADRE is also mobilizing support to protect Palestinian children from the trauma of...

"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...

Hamas Takes Over: A MADRE Q & A

Posted on: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Keywords: Peace Building, Middle East, Palestine, Israel

Hamas Takes Over: A MADRE Q & A On January 25, the radical Islamic movement, Hamas, scored a landslide victory in elections held in the West Bank and Gaza. Hamas swept 76 out of 132 seats in the Palestinian Legislative...

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...

The Reconfigured Occupation: Gaza Disengagement Will Not Ease Suffering for Palestinian Women and Families

Posted on: Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Middle East

In mid-August, Israel is scheduled to begin its "disengagement" from the Gaza Strip, which it has occupied for 38 years. Under the plan, Israeli settlers and soldiers will be removed from Gaza and from four isolated West Bank settlements....

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...

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. ...

BUSH'S WAR: THE FALL-OUT ON WOMEN AND FAMILIES

Posted on: Friday, June 28, 2002

Keywords: Middle East, US Foreign Policy

As the atrocities of Sept. 11 become part of our collective past, their repercussions shape our present and future. The legacy of these attacks embodies an ugly truth: namely, that the Bush Administration has exploited Sept. 11 to advance a...

BACKGROUND RESOURCE: THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

Posted on: Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Keywords: Palestine, Middle East, Peace Building

BACKGROUND RESOURCE: THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICTBy Yifat Susskind, Associate Director 1948: THE ORIGINS OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT• As in Ireland, India and Cyprus, British colonial "divide and rule" tactics culminated in November 1947 in the partition of Palestine into two newly independent states...

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