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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...

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.

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,...

Creating a Conflict-Free Future for Colombia

Posted on: Monday, March 10, 2014

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

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

Take My Body Out of the War: Project Update

Posted on: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Keywords: Colombia, Latin America and Caribbean, Peace Building

In June, we shared an update with you about the launch of the Saquen mi cuerpo de la guerra (“Take my body out of the war”) campaign, an initiative displaying photos and texts created by former child soldiers who participate...

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...

Take my body out of the war

Posted on: Friday, June 14, 2013

Keywords: Colombia, Latin America and Caribbean, Peace Building

We recently received an email from Stella Duque, director of our sister organization Taller de Vida. She shared some exciting updates from her programs with former child soldiers and children at high risk of being recruited in Colombia’s armed conflict.Taller...

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...

Elections in Kenya

Posted on: Monday, March 4, 2013

Keywords: Kenya, Africa, Peace Building

Five years after election-related violence result in the deaths of 1,000 people, Kenya faces another presidential election. MADRE is working closely with our partners there to monitor the situation and to help protect communities against further violence.  Below are resources on...

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.

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

Posted on: Thursday, August 23, 2012

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

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

In Colombia, Children of War Rebuild Their Lives Through Art

Posted on: Thursday, June 28, 2012

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

Executive Director Yifat Susskind reflects on a visit to our Colombian partners.

Bringing Women's Rights Home in Colombia

Posted on: Thursday, June 28, 2012

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

MADRE staff is in Colombia for an exciting conference on women's human rights and international law.

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.

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

Posted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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

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

A Women's Human Rights Agenda for the G8

Posted on: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Keywords: Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, US Foreign Policy

Help us draft a new G8 Agenda that upholds women's human rights worldwide.

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.

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.

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...

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

A Blueprint for Ending Sexual Violence after Disaster

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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

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

A New Era for Women in Sudan: A Q&A with Yifat Susskind and Fatima Ahmed

Posted on: Monday, July 25, 2011

Keywords: Sudan, Africa, Peace Building

Earlier this month, South Sudan became the world’s newest country. To gather information about this historic occasion for MADRE members, and about what it means for women and their communities, MADRE’s Executive Director Yifat Susskind spoke with...

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: 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.

MADRE Mourns the Death of Argentine Singer-Songwriter Facundo Cabral

Posted on: Monday, July 11, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Activist, Peace Building

Facundo Cabral is remembered as a teacher and a voice of protest.

MADRE Encourages Peace in Aftermath of Sudan Split

Posted on: Friday, July 8, 2011

Keywords: Sudan, Africa, Peace Building

As we witness the creation of new state, MADRE calls for an end to violence and the inclusion of women's voices as both countries chart their paths forward.

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.

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.

Community Organizer and Activist is Assassinated in Colombia

Posted on: Friday, June 17, 2011

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

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

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.

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.

Take Action: Bin Laden Is Dead. Will The Patriot Act Live On?

Posted on: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Keywords: US Foreign Policy, Pakistan, Asia, Peace Building

MADRE urges lawmakers and President Obama to put an end to the Patriot Act.

After the Death of bin Laden

Posted on: Monday, May 2, 2011

Keywords: Pakistan, Asia, US Foreign Policy, Peace Building

MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind responds to news of Osama bin Laden's death.

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.

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...

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...

See What MADRE Members Have Accomplished in Colombia

Posted on: Thursday, December 16, 2010

Keywords: Colombia, Child Soldiers, Peace Building, MADRE

We profile Stella Duque of Taller de Vida

US Abandons Principle on Child Soldiers

Posted on: Monday, November 1, 2010

Keywords: Colombia, Child Soldiers, Peace Building, Africa

MADRE letter to the editor, originally printed in the Washington Post on 10/31.

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

Posted on: Monday, September 20, 2010

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

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

Take Action: Urge President Obama to Strengthen US Foreign Assistance and Development Aid

Posted on: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Keywords: US, Peace Building, Human Rights Advocacy, Development

An Open Letter to President Obama on the U.S. Commitment to Global Development

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!

Take Action: Stop the Displacement of the Afro-Colombian Community La Toma!

Posted on: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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

If the Colombian government does not change its mind, tomorrow the 1052 families that make up the Afro-Colombian community La Toma will be evicted from the land that they have lived on for almost 400 years. We cannot let this happen. Take action today!

Take Action: Urge Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to remove Uribe from panel on Gaza flotilla

Posted on: Monday, August 16, 2010

Keywords: Human Rights Advocacy, Colombia, Israel, Gaza, Palestine, UN, Peace Building

The following is an alert from Colombia Support network. Please see below for information on how to take action regarding the appointment of Alvaro Uribe-Velez to the UN's panel of inquiry into the Israeli attack on the Gaza humanitarian flotilla.

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.

Take Action: Demand Withdrawal of US Troops from Colombia

Posted on: Friday, August 6, 2010

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

The following is an alert from our friends at SOA Watch. Take action to demand the withdrawal of US troops from Colombia below. A group of nine SOA Watch activists is currently in Colombia to confront the escalation of U.S. policy...

Take Action: Sign on for peace in Colombia

Posted on: Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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

Join MADRE in signing on to this letter from Alliance for Global Justice: Send a letter to new President Santos!Dear Friend, In the final week of Alvaro Uribe's Colombian presidency, Colombia continues to generate a regional crisis in South America....

Ensuring Human Rights in Colombia: Concluding Observations from the UN Human Rights Committee

Posted on: Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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

Following MADRE’s Shadow Report on Colombia and presentation at the UN Human Rights Committee last month, the Committee released its observations to the Colombian state. In the observations, the Committee expressed its deep concern at the persistence of serious human...

MADRE and partner enable UN Permanent Forum delegation to assess situation in Colombia

Posted on: Friday, July 30, 2010

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

Support from MADRE and our partner, the International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI), enabled a delegation of the UN Permanent Forum to travel to Colombia in order to assess the situation for Indigenous women there.Contrary to the claims of the Colombian...

Event: NYC Boat Fundraiser for the US to Gaza Campaign

Posted on: Friday, July 30, 2010

Keywords: Gaza, Palestine, Israel, Peace Building, Economic Justice, Event

MADRE is supporting the US to Gaza Campaign. Check out the fundraising event listed below. For more information about the campaign, visit www.ustogaza.org.  A NYC FUNDRAISING EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED JOIN A SUNSET CRUISE IN NY HARBOR THURSDAY AUGUST...

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...

Born Into War: An Update from MADRE's Exhibit of Photos and Paintings by Former Child Soldiers

Posted on: Monday, July 26, 2010

Keywords: Event, Latin America, Colombia, Peace Building

Last Wednesday evening, MADRE members gathered at the Salt Space in NYC for our event, ‘Born into War,’ an exhibition of photos and paintings by former child soldiers in Colombia and Uganda. The paintings and photos highlighted at the event were...

MADRE Presents on Colombia Before the UN Human Rights Committee

Posted on: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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

MADRE's Lisa Davis was in Geneva last week for the UN Human Rights Committee's review of Colombia's human rights record. As part of the review process, MADRE presented a shadow report that we wrote with a coalition of Colombian human...

Event: Born Into War - less than one week away!

Posted on: Thursday, July 15, 2010

Keywords: Event, Latin America, Colombia, Peace Building

Join us on Wednesday, July 21 for Born into War: An Exhibit of Photos and Paintings by Former Child Soldiers in Colombia and Uganda.  When:Wednesday, July 21, 20106:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Where: The Salt Space1160 Broadway at 27th St.Fifth...

MADRE Presents Report to UN Human Rights Committee on the Situation in Colombia

Posted on: Thursday, July 15, 2010

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMADRE: Rights, Resources, and Results for Women WorldwideContact: Diana Duarte, Media Coordinator (New York): (212) 627-0444; email: media@madre.orgLisa Davis, Human Rights Advocacy Director (Geneva): ldavis@madre.org 

 

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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.

Video: Born Into War - Child Soldiers in Colombia

Posted on: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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

MADRE sister organization Taller de Vida provides life-changing support to former child soldiers and children at risk of becoming child soldiers in Colombia. Watch the video to find out more.

Demanding Human Rights in Colombia

Posted on: Friday, July 9, 2010

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

For over 40 years, Colombians have endured an armed conflict over their country’s highly concentrated sources of natural wealth, especially land. Instead of battling one another directly, Colombia’s armed groups usually attack civilians suspected of siding with their enemy. The...

Take action for child soldiers in Colombia

Posted on: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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

All sides in Colombia's armed conflict exploit children as soldiers. Some are as young as eight years old. These children are virtual slaves, often sexually abused and forced to commit violence--even murder--so that their childhood and humanity are destroyed.The Colombian...

Help Recover a Stolen Childhood

Posted on: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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

Tania isn't her real name. I can't use it or show her picture without putting her life in danger from the Colombian armed forces who tried to recruit her as a child soldier. ...

Testimony of a Former Child Soldier in Colombia: One Young Girl's Story

Posted on: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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

Thousands of children, some as young as eight years old, are being used as soldiers in Colombia's armed conflict. Through our local partner, Taller de Vida, we provide trauma counseling, art therapy, and recreational programs to young people who have been uprooted from their homes by war and poverty.

Colombia's Election Results Lack Promise of Change

Posted on: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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

On Sunday, Juan Manuel Santos was elected to succeed Álvaro Uribe as president of Colombia with 69% of the vote in a runoff election. Only 45% of the population participated in the election, as many who supported the left-wing candidate...

Take Action: Colombian Organizations Receiving Death Threats Again

Posted on: Monday, June 21, 2010

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

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

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...

Ending Gender-Based Violence in Colombia

Posted on: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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

LIMPAL, MADRE's sister organization in Colombia, recently published there their May 2010 bulletin. You can read the original here. Summaries are below.International League15 years after the 4th World Conference on Women met in Beijing, civil society organizations are calling for...

Event: Born Into War

Posted on: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Keywords: Event, Latin America, Colombia, Peace Building

An Exhibit of Photos and Drawings by Former Child Soldiers in Colombia and Uganda Please join us!When:Wednesday, July 21, 20106:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Where: The Salt Space1160 Broadway at 27th St.Fifth FloorNew York, NY 10001(map)Wine and refreshments will be served Admission:$20.00 to...

MADRE Condemns Israel's Killing of Activists Bringing Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Posted on: Monday, May 31, 2010

Keywords: Gaza, Israel, Peace Building, Palestine

MADRE strongly condemns Israel’s killing of as many as 19 international activists early this morning and the wounding of dozens of others aboard the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla,” a convoy of ships attempting to deliver urgently-needed humanitarian aid to Gaza. The...

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. ...

Take Action for Honduran Activists

Posted on: Monday, May 24, 2010

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building

Take action for Honduran activists! From Grassroots International:Honduran resistance leader and former Independent presidential candidate Carlos Reyes received a death threat on his cell phone last night. More than 40 activists, journalists, environmentalists, feminists and gay rights activists have been...

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...

Event: Ending Militarization in the Americas

Posted on: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Keywords: Event, Latin America, Honduras, Peace Building

The Latin America Solidarity Coalition will host a one-day Anti-militarization Organizers Conference on Thursday, November 18, 2010 in Columbus, GA.The conference will take place in the lead-up to the November Vigil to close the School of the Americas (SOA). It...

Event: Mother's Day Picnic for Peace

Posted on: Monday, May 3, 2010

Keywords: Event, Peace Building, Mother's Day

Join us at a CodePink Mother's Day Weekend Picnic for Peace in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 8th. CodePink: Women for Peace is organizing a powerful women's gathering to bring the message of peace and disarmament to the annual military...

Colombia: Death threats against over 60 human rights organisations and individual human rights defenders

Posted on: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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

Action Alert from Front Line, a member of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition Please take action on behalf of human rights defenders MOVICE, FUNDEPAZ and CODHES and others.Copy the enclosed letter and send it to the address provided.TARGET ADDRESS:...

MADRE Speaks: Stories of our Sisters 2010

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

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

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

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...

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...

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...

MADRE Partner Travels to Doha to Participate in Peace Process for Darfur

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2010

Keywords: Sudan, Africa, Peace Building

Fatima Ahmed of MADRE's Sudanese partner organization Zenab for Women in Development recently travelled to Doha, Qatar in order to participate in the peace process talks for Darfur. Fatima is part of an initiative organized by Sisterhood for Peace to...

Codification of the Human Right to Peace

Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2010

Keywords: UN, Human Rights Advocacy, Peace Building

MADRE and partner organizations signed on to this statement for the Human Rights Council, Session 13. See a full list of organizations that signed the statement »   I The Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law (SSIHRL) welcomed on 30...

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...

Event: No Peace Prize for the War President

Posted on: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy

 As President Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize, War Resisters League and Other Groups March with Coffins, Signs to Oppose Surge and Ongoing War in Afghanistan."NO PEACE PRIZE FOR THE WAR PRESIDENT"On December 10, as President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel...

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...

Six Alternatives to a Troop Surge in Afghanistan

Posted on: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy

Tonight, President Obama will tell us that he must expand the war on Afghanistan in order to end it. He will say that another troop surge is necessary to prevent al-Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base. What he won’t...

Human Rights Abuses in Honduras: An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton

Posted on: Thursday, November 19, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building

Open Letter to the Secretary of State of the United States of AmericaThe Honorable Hillary ClintonDepartment of StateWashington, DCDear Secretary Clinton,We are writing to you as a world leader in women’s rights. Your courageous track record on this issue has...

WOMEN AMONG WARLORDS: Rebuilding Afghanistan - October 27th Panel

Posted on: Monday, October 26, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building

A panel discussion moderated by: Laura Flanders, MADRE Board Member and GritTV Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 3.00 pm CUNY Graduate Center, Center for Place, Culture & Politics, Skylight Room (9th floor) Democratization in Afghanistan is ineluctably tied to realizing...

Colombia: Protecting Children of War, Project Update

Posted on: Monday, October 19, 2009

Keywords: Colombia, Latin America & Caribbean, Peace Building

In July 2009, Miguel Macias, a MADRE volunteer and youth media producer, returned to Bogota to conduct workshops with the youth of Taller de Vida.  For two weeks, Miguel worked with 15 students on writing for the web, photography, journalism,...

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...

War on Afghanistan: Eight Years Too Long

Posted on: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy

On October 7, 2001, the US began a military campaign that, to this day, continues to destroy civilian lives in Afghanistan.  In the days before the bombs fell, MADRE spoke out against the impending so-called “war on terror” and warned:“What’s...

Open Letter to Security Council Members on Addressing the Crisis in Honduras

Posted on: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building, UN

MADRE joins other organizations in calling on Security Council members to address the crisis in Honduras.Dear Ambassador,As feminist organizations and networks and women’s groups working to address the crisis caused by the recent coup d’état in Honduras, we look to...

Obama Addresses UN - MADRE Responds

Posted on: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Keywords: Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, Peace Building, UN

September 23, 2009 – An Open LetterDear President Obama:As you bring to a close your first address to the United Nations General Assembly, we know that the time for women’s human rights advocates to amplify our voices is now.  Your...

Recommitting to Peace on 9/11

Posted on: Friday, September 11, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy

Eight years ago, nearly three thousand people in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania were killed in the September 11th attacks.  Today, we remember that crime against humanity and the resilience and courage that so many demonstrated in its wake. ...

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...

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...

A new report details the excessive use of force by Honduran police and military following the coup

Posted on: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building

Today, Amnesty International released a new report detailing the excessive use of force by the Honduran police and military following the coup of President Zelaya. From the report:"Amnesty International is publishing this summary of findings to highlight serious human rights concerns...

Statement in Support of Mary Robinson, Presidential Medal of Honor Awardee

Posted on: Monday, August 10, 2009

Keywords: Peace Building, UN

Today we join with numerous women’s rights and human rights organizations around the world to salute Mary Robinson’s accomplishments and to celebrate her Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. We commend the Obama Administration for awarding the US Medal of Freedom to...

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...

The Biggest Danger to Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Posted on: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building

When people in the US talk about the scourge of violence against women in Afghanistan, discussion tends to stop cold at one word: culture. As if culture is some sacred terrain upon which we dare not tread. The flawed syllogism...

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,...

MADRE Commends the Suspension of US Military Aid to Honduras

Posted on: Thursday, July 9, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy

On July 8, 2009, the US embassy in Honduras confirmed that the US would suspend $16.5 million dollars in military assistance, following the June coup that deposed democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya.  MADRE commends this US decision as a necessary step...

The Mission for Democracy and Human Rights in Guatemala-Honduras returns home via land

Posted on: Monday, July 6, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Guatemala, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building

Return of the delegation via land as a result of the closing of the Toncontin de Tegucigalpa international airport.Guatemala, 07/06/09 - The human rights organizations’ mission, headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Rigoberta Menchu Tum, attests to the dire...

Statement by Feminist and Women's Organizations from Honduras

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building

  TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES, HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS AND TO THE STATES OF THE WORLDOn Sunday, June 28, 2009 the democratically elected President of the Republic of Honduras, José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, was assaulted, abducted and sent to...

MADRE Denounces the Military Coup d'Etat in Honduras

Posted on: Monday, June 29, 2009

Keywords: Honduras, Latin America, Economic Justice, Peace Building

A military coup on Sunday morning ousted the democratically-elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who is nearing the end of his term. He was forced from the country the day of a referendum on extending term-limits from one term to two....

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...

Afghan Women Confront Human Rights Crisis

Posted on: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building

To help shore up domestic support for its war in Afghanistan, the Bush Administration spoke often of the need to free Afghan women from the Taliban. Indeed, that regime robbed women of even a minimal degree of self-determination, violating basic...

Afghan Women Are Killed for Demanding their Rights: MADRE Responds

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building

Women in Afghanistan are routinely denied basic human rights, including education, healthcare, freedom from violence, and freedom of movement. Afghan women who fight to change this reality are attacked and even assassinated by ultra-conservatives.   Meanwhile, US airstrikes that kill civilians...

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...

Women Redefining Democracy

Posted on: Friday, May 8, 2009

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Peace Building, Network of Experts

Alda Facio, member of MADRE's Network of Experts, Reposted from OpenDemocracyIn the run up to the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference ‘Women Redefining Democracy’, Alda Facio argues that the masculine perspective of “control and authority through numbers” must be replaced with...

NATO Gathers to Debate Afghanistan Policies; MADRE Releases New Talking Points on Afghanistan

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building

In preparation for the NATO summit this weekend, high-level discussions have already taken place in recent days on a topic likely to dominate the summit agenda: President Obama's strategy of military escalation in Afghanistan. Today, MADRE released a set of...

MADRE Talking Points on Women in Afghanistan: Confronting the Legacy of US-Supported Extremism

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building, US Foreign Policy

Background on Afghan Women’s ActivismMost people in the US assume that Taliban-style extremism is deeply ingrained in Afghan history and culture. In fact, it’s a recent imposition and a product of US intervention. Since the mid-1800s, Afghan governments have slowly...

MADRE Talking Points: Seven Reasons to Oppose a Troop Surge in Afghanistan

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan, Peace Building

We know that elements in the military and Congress exerted great pressure on President Obama to ratchet up the war on Afghanistan. To achieve a more rational and peaceful outcome, we need to exert a counter-pressure. MADRE calls on the...

Peru: Indigenous Youth Arts, Project Update

Posted on: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

From Mumbai to Washington: Now is the Time to Renounce the War on Terror

Posted on: Thursday, December 4, 2008

Keywords: Peace Building, India

Right now, while the horror of the attacks in Mumbai is reverberating around the world and tensions between India and Pakistan are mounting, there is a crucial move that President-elect Obama could make to chart a positive course...

16 Days, 16 Entries

Posted on: Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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

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

Yes We Did but We're Not Done

Posted on: Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Keywords: Economic Justice, Peace Building, Women's Health

MADRE and our sister organizations join millions in the US and around the world in congratulating Barack and Michelle Obama and all who helped bring about last night’s historic victory. This election is of...

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...

Opposition to ICC Indictment

Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Keywords: Peace Building, Sudan, Africa

The following countries are members of institutions that have condemned the ICC indictment of Sudanese President Bashir. The African Union: (*also in Arab League) *Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Repulic Chad Comoros...

The International Criminal Court Targets Sudan's President: Is it Justice or Regime Change?

Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Keywords: Peace Building, Sudan, Africa

On July 14, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) moved to indict Sudan's president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The move has sharply divided the international community;...

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...

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

Posted on: Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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

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

CSW Events

Posted on: Monday, February 25, 2008

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

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

Kenyan Women's Groups Mobilize to Demand a Voice at the Negotiating Table

Posted on: Thursday, February 7, 2008

Keywords: Peace Building, Kenya, Africa

February 7, 2008—New York, NY—As the political response to the violence in Kenya moves into a new phase of negotiations, MADRE supports Kenyan women’s groups demanding a voice at the negotiating table. This week, the Kenya Red Cross...

Inequality, Not Identity, Fuels Violence in Kenya

Posted on: Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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

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

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

Posted on: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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

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

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

Posted on: Friday, October 26, 2007

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

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

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

Posted on: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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

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

Stand for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted on: Wednesday, September 5, 2007

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

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

MADRE Condemns Assassination of Guatemalan Political Candidate

Posted on: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Keywords: Peace Building, Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean

August 29, 2007—New York—MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, today categorically condemned the recent assassination of Clara Luz López, a candidate for local council in the upcoming September 9 Guatemalan elections. López was a member of Nobel Peace Laureate...

Neoliberal Jihadist at the World Bank

Posted on: Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Keywords: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Global Food Crisis, Women's Health, Peace Building

This spring, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz was forced to resign because of a scandal. Of course, the real scandal is the World Bank's flagrant violation of its own mission. Charged with fighting global poverty, the Bank has consistently pursued...

Program Highlights: Summer 2007

Posted on: Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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

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

Summer 2007: From the Executive Director

Posted on: Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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

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

Indigenous Women: Fighting for Rights, Creating Change

Posted on: Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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

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

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Cuba

Posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2005

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

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

Abducting Democracy: A MADRE Statement on Haiti's 33rd Coup d'Etat

Posted on: Monday, March 1, 2004

Keywords: Peace Building, Latin America and Caribbean, Haiti

On February 29, 2004, Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown for the second time in 13 years. The opposition gangs that placed millions of Haitians under siege are armed with sophisticated weapons, including US-made M-16s...

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. ...

Colombia's Conflict: The Basics

Posted on: Friday, September 27, 2002

Keywords: Peace Building, Latin America and Caribbean, Colombia

Over the past decade, Colombia has become the leading recipient of US military aid in the hemisphere and, at the same time, the worst violator of human rights. As in Central America in the 1980s, the US is supporting repressive...

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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