December 2009



Highlights from the Month

MADRE in Copenhagen: Supporting Rural Women - The Solutions to Climate Change Are in Their Hands
MADRE is at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen demanding that world leaders recognize the important role of women farmers in combating climate change. We're calling for new policies that end the monopolization of climate talks by profit-driven demands, support sustainable and organic agriculture and advance human rights. Read more »

Naseema's Story: The Price of Her Courage
Our partners in Afghanistan contacted us to tell us about Naseema, a young Afghan woman whose life has been repeatedly threatened by her husband.

Naseema knew full well what her husband was capable of - and still she chose to report him to the authorities for murder.  Now, her life is in constant danger, as her husband tries to track her down, and her only hope is to escape her home country of Afghanistan. Read her story »

Raising the Voices of Maquila Workers
MADRE partner Sandra Gonzalez traveled to Guatemala City to speak about violence against women maquila workers at the events held during the launch of the UN's new regional initiative of their campaign to end violence against women. Read more »

Helping Hands: Sewing and Medical Supplies for Nicaragua
Fabric, sewing machines, needles and thread donated by MADRE members filled over 40 boxes for a shipment to MADRE's partner, the Wangki Tangni Women's Sewing Collective in Nicaragua. Learn more »

Celebrating International Human Rights Day
On December 10th, MADRE, in coalition with other human rights, anti-violence, gender rights and sex worker rights organizations, held a speak-out and arts evening to celebrate International Human Rights Day.  The event addressed police abuse, violence and other human rights abuses sex workers face as a result of criminalization and stigmatization. Read more »

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture Projects
This year, Alternative Gifts International promoted food security by supporting MADRE's sustainable agriculture projects in Nicaragua and Panama. With their support, MADRE coordinated skill-building trainings, seed distribution and farmers' markets that reached over 1,000 people in Indigenous Miskito communities in Nicaragua and nearly 2,000 women in Indigenous Kuna communities in Panama. Look for updates about these projects in the coming months.


Kat Noel, Website & Media Coordinator
PHONE: +1 212 627 0444

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