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March 2011

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: Engineering a Solution for Clean Water in Nicaragua

Posted on: Friday, March 25, 2011

Keywords: Nicaragua, Latin America and Caribbean, Environmental Justice, Water Rights

In the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, Indigenous Peoples often live without health or sanitation services, a result of government neglect and marginalization. This has left people facing life-threatening risks. We have heard women in the communities of our partner...

International Human Rights Hearing on Rape Epidemic in Haiti

Posted on: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy, Earthquake

This Friday, MADRE and KOFAVIV will testify before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the crisis of rape in Haiti.

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...

As Aristide Lands in Haiti, MADRE Upholds His International Right to Return

Posted on: Friday, March 18, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, US Foreign Policy

Today, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti after seven years of exile in South Africa. Aristide, the nation’s first democratically elected president, was twice ousted from power with support from the United States. MADRE calls for all members...

Project Update: Health Care for Women in Pakistan's Displacement Camps

Posted on: Friday, March 18, 2011

Keywords: Pakistan, Asia, Emergency Relief

For the millions of Pakistani people still living through the aftermath of last summer’s floods, the crisis continues. Families have been separated, and communities are struggling to rebuild. Almost 10 million of those affected are women, many still living in...

Take Action: Congress Considers Colombia Free Trade Agreement

Posted on: Thursday, March 17, 2011

Keywords: Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean, US Foreign Policy

Today, a congressional committee is holding a hearing on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. This FTA is moving towards a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives – but you can take action to make sure this does...

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...

Oral Statement on the Women Human Rights Defenders' Report of the UN Special Rapporteur

Posted on: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Keywords: Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Women Human Rights Defenders

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders recently produced this report on the the situation of women human rights defenders. In response, the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, of which MADRE is a member, produced this statement that...

KOFAVIV Celebrates International Women's Day in Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, International Women's Day, Latin America and Caribbean

Take a look at these photos we just received of the celebration of International Women's Day by our sister organization in Haiti, KOFAVIV!   To learn more about MADRE's work in Haiti, click here.*Photo credit: IJDH/BAI  

Gathering Momentum to Demand Justice in Guatemala

Posted on: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America

One of our major priorities for this trip to Guatemala is to lay the groundwork for a shadow report on human rights.

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.

Claiming Home as a Women's Human Right

Posted on: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala

From the myMADRE blog. Yesterday, as I joined with the women of our partner organization in Guatemala City to celebrate International Women’s Day, a phrase occurred to me: “I feel at home.” I greeted partners I had not seen in...

Statement from the Barcenas Women Workers' Committee for International Women's Day

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America and Caribbean

Today, we received this message from our sister organization in Guatemala as they recognize International Women's Day.

Statement from K'inal Antsetik for International Women's Day

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Keywords: Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean

To honor the 100th International Women's Day today, we received this message from K'inal Antsetik, MADRE's sister organization in Mexico.

Amplify Women's Voices

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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

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

Starting International Women's Day in Guatemala City

Posted on: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala

I'm excited to head out to Barcenas, where we will spend the day with the women of our sister organization, the Women Workers' Committee.

Human Rights Violations against Peaceful Protestors in Guatemala

Posted on: Monday, March 7, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala

Recently, we received news of violent attacks against peaceful protesters in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Guatemala.

A Visit to Our Sister Organizations in Guatemala

Posted on: Monday, March 7, 2011

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin American and the Caribbean

MADRE staff recently traveled to Guatemala to meet with our sister organizations, and we’d like to give you the chance to relive the trip! Some of you became a "virtual delegate" and received updates from Guatemala. If you would like...

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.

Project Update: Sudanese Women Stand for Peace and Community Prosperity

Posted on: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Keywords: Sudan, Africa, Environmental Justice, Peacebuilding

Today, Fatima Ahmed, the director of our sister organization in Sudan, Zenab for Women in Development , stopped by our office. She told us about Zenab’s latest work to support women farmers and to ensure peace during Sudan’s recent landmark...

Take Action: Maintain Funding for Humanitarian Assistance Programs

Posted on: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Keywords: Emergency Relief, US Foreign Policy

This call to action has been initiated by the Women's Refugee Commission. Take action, and ask your senators to maintain current funding for life-saving humanitarian assistance programs. These efforts have been historically underfunded at less than 1 percent of the...

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