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August 2009

Guatemala: Farming for the Future, Photo Update

Posted on: Friday, August 28, 2009

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Economic Justice, Sustainable Agriculture

On a recent worktrip to Guatemala, Executive Director Vivian Stromberg and Program Coordinator Natalia Caruso visited our sister organization, Muixil.Muixil is a group of 350 Indigenous Ixil women living in the highlands of Guatemala. In the 1980s, the highlands were...

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...

Guatemala: Photos from the Helping Hands Oral Hygiene Project

Posted on: Monday, August 24, 2009

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean, Helping Hands, Women's Health

Thanks to MADRE members' support, Executive Director Vivian Stromberg was able to deliver toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash and learning kits to children in the Barcenas community during her recent worktrip to Guatemala.The Women Workers' Committee, MADRE's partner in Barcenas, was...

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...

Afghan Democracy is Flat-lining--And Only Women Can Save It

Posted on: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Keywords: Afghanistan

By the time the first ballot is cast in Afghanistan's August 20 election, hopes for a democratic outcome will already be dead. The Obama Administration is billing Afghanistan's second Parliamentary election in 30 years as a milestone in that country's...

Sudan: Women Farmers Unite for Darfur, Project Update

Posted on: Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Keywords: Darfur, Sudan, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Food Sovereignty

Fatima Ahmed, Director of MADRE's sister organization, Zenab for Women in Development, is in Sudan. Thanks to MADRE member support, Fatima has been buying organic seeds and is now distirbuting them to women farmers. The Problem: Hunger in DarfurIn the...

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...

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

Posted on: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Keywords: Indigenous Rights, United Nations

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

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