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October 2009

Obama Continues Failed Bush-Era Policy on Cuba

Posted on: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Keywords: Cuba, UN, US Foreign Policy, Latin America & Caribbean

Today, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on a resolution calling for an end to the US embargo against Cuba.  For the 18th consecutive year, a nearly unanimous grouping of nations came together to condemn this 47-year-old policy, now...

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...

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

Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2009

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

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

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

Posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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

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

Rural and Indigenous Women's Statement on Climate Change

Posted on: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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

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

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...

Day of Indigenous Resistance

Posted on: Monday, October 12, 2009

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

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

Second Forum of Indigenous Women from Wangki: United we Construct our own Worth, Strength, Happiness and Wellness

Posted on: Friday, October 9, 2009

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

A Declaration from the Second Forum of Indigenous Women from Wangki held in Waspam, Nicaragua. Representatives from MADRE and our partner organization Wangki Tangni attended.Women from the following communities gathered in Waspam, the capital of Wangki, from October 1st through...

Farida Shaheed named Expert on Cultural Rights

Posted on: Thursday, October 8, 2009

Keywords: UN, Human Rights Advocacy

MADRE congratulates Farida Shaheed! Farida, a member of MADRE's Network of Experts, was named the new Expert on Cultural Rights by the Human Rights Council this week.From Women Living Under Muslim Laws:"The Human Rights Council concluded its 12th session by...

Honoring Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009)

Posted on: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Keywords: Latin America & Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy

Mercedes Sosa died on October 4, 2009 and with her passing the world lost a great lady. She wrapped her soul, her heart, her humanity, her uncompromising commitment to justice around songs which she shared with all of us. Her...

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...

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