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Articles with keyword "Combating Violence Against Women"

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...

Understanding Iraq's New Civil War: A Women's Rights Perspective

Posted on: Monday, June 30, 2014

Keywords: Haiti, Iraq, Latin American and Caribbean, Sexual Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

Iraq has been pitched into a new civil war. After a lightning-quick advance, an extremist Sunni group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now controls much of northern and western Iraq. ISIS immediately moved to impose its...

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.

What We Owe Nigeria's Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Posted on: Monday, June 2, 2014

Keywords: Africa, Combating Violence Against Women, US Foreign Policy

Rather than issuing a blank cheque for military intervention, we need to stay focused on the girls and their well-being,

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,...

Women Lead to Peace: Q & A on the Prospects for Peace and Women's Human Rights in Syria

Posted on: Friday, January 17, 2014

Keywords: Syria, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights, Women's Health, Economic Justice

More information on the Women Lead to Peace campaign here.  For nearly three years, we have been watching Syria—first with hope and then with a growing sense of horror—as peaceful calls for freedom degenerated into a protracted war. Urgent concern for the...

Four Years After the Earthquake, Haitian Women Continue to Feel the Impact

Posted on: Monday, January 13, 2014

Keywords: Haiti, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights, Women's Health, Earthquake

On January 12, 2010, Haiti experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and devastated the lives of millions who survived. Below, MADRE reflects on the immediate needs of Haitian women and girls after the tragedy, the progress...

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...

Hear Their Stories of Survival

Posted on: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women

It’s been three years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, but what only lasted seconds has continued to reverberate for young girls there. Many were orphaned by the disaster and left to fend for themselves in the dangerous, overcrowded camps....

Moving Women's Rights from Paper to Practice in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Posted on: Sunday, May 26, 2013

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

The locations may differ, but the stories are terribly similar. Armed intruders break into a woman’s home and threaten her life for speaking out against human rights violations. Women band together in defense of a friend facing violence from her...

Vote to Make Our Haitian Partner CNN's Hero of the Year!

Posted on: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Help Malya. Help the Women of Haiti. Your vote brings Malya one step closer to winning $250,000 to support life-saving programs for women and girls in Haiti. Click here to vote for Malya! Here’s what else you can do to help! Spread the...

Haitian Partner Malya Villard-Appolon Named a Top 10 CNN Hero!

Posted on: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Our Haitian partner, Malya Villard-Appolon, has been named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012! Go here to read her and KOFAVIV's message of support to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. For years, Malya has helped survivors of sexual...

Crucial as Bread: Rhonda Copelon's Pioneering Work

Posted on: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Keywords: Activist, Combating Violence Against Women, Human Rights Advocacy

Two years since the passing of Rhonda Copelon, we still feel the presence of her vital work.

"Afghan Good Enough" Isn't Good Enough

Posted on: Monday, May 21, 2012

Keywords: Afghanistan, Asia, US Foreign Policy, Combating Violence Against Women

It's not enough for NATO to simply lower expectations and leave Afghans to clean up the mess.

Haitian Partner Malya Villard-Appolon Named a CNN Hero!

Posted on: Friday, April 27, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Malya is one of this year's CNN Heroes. Watch her feature on CNN here.

Many Voices: Combining International Human Rights Advocacy and Grassroots Activism to End Sexual Violence in Haiti

Posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women, Women's Health

On January 12, 2010, less than one minute of violent shaking took over 200,000 lives in Haiti and rendered more than one million more homeless. The reverberations of the earthquake are still being felt.

Haiti's Women Face Echoes of a Violent Past

Posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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

The current epidemic of sexual violence is rooted in a history of violence against women.

Justice Delayed But Not Denied for Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala

Posted on: Monday, February 6, 2012

Keywords: Guatemala, Latin America, Indigenous Rights, Combating Violence Against Women

MADRE stands with Indigenous Guatemalan women demanding justice for war crimes under Rios Montt.

Virtual Briefing on Sexual Exploitation in Haiti

Posted on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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

Listen to a recording to hear the authors discuss their report on sexual exploitation in Haiti and take questions from listeners.

Sexual Exploitation in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2012

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

Learn more about a report detailing the impact of sexual exploitation on displaced women and girls.

Women in Egypt Come Together to Protest Violent Attacks

Posted on: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Keywords: Middle East, Africa, Human Rights Advocacy, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Women Human Rights Defenders

Women are being beaten and sexually assaulted for protesting to demand an end to military rule. But they're not stepping down.

US No Help to Afghan Rape Survivors

Posted on: Monday, December 5, 2011

Keywords: Afghanistan, Asia, US Foreign Policy, Combating Violence Against Women

Standing with Afghan rape survivors does not mean supporting US military occupation.

Underreported and Unchecked: Sexual Violence against Somali Refugee Women

Posted on: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Keywords: Africa, Emergency Relief, Kenya, Combating Violence Against Women

Amal left her village in Somalia when she realized that there was nothing left there for her.

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

New York Times Editorial Shines a Light on Sexual Violence in Haiti

Posted on: Monday, April 4, 2011

Keywords: Haiti, Latin American and Caribbean, Combating Violence Against Women, Earthquake

Today, the New York Times published an editorial about the crisis of sexual violence in the displacement camps in Haiti and about the work of our sister organization, KOFAVIV, to offer urgent care to rape survivors. We applaud the New...

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...

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...

Iraq: Five Years of "Liberation" and an Epidemic of Violence Against Women

Posted on: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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

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...

Event: What are Sexual Rights?

Posted on: Monday, March 17, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Sexual Rights

DAWN – Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era International Council on Human Rights Policy MADRE and The Sexual Rights Initiative (i) invite you to a parallel event: WHAT ARE SEXUAL RIGHTS? A DIALOGUE, INVOLVING WOMEN...

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...

Bush's Legacy vs. African Women's Lives

Posted on: Friday, February 22, 2008

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Africa

President Bush headed home on Thursday from his five-day, five-country tour of Africa. Not since Thanksgiving 2003, when he showed up at the Baghdad Airport with a fake turkey for US troops have we seen such saccharine Presidential photo ops....

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...

Who is Killing the Women of Basra?

Posted on: Wednesday, January 9, 2008

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

In Basra, Iraq's second largest city, 2008 was ushered in with an announcement of the 2007 death toll of women targeted by Islamist militias. City officials reported on December 31 that 133 women were killed and mutilated last year, their...

Deforestation, Climate Change, and Women's Human Rights

Posted on: Saturday, December 8, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Climate Change

Forests are finite natural resources that provide climate stability, food, water, fuel, medicine, building material and cultural contexts that sustain life as we know it. By disabling the carbon-cycling capacity of the Earth, deforestation threatens the survival both of people...

Violence Against Women: Sixteen Ways Women are Fighting Back

Posted on: Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Middle East

On November 25, 2007, advocates around the world for women's human rights commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and simultaneously launched sixteen days of action. These sixteen days—culminating on December 10, Human Rights Day—mark...

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...

The Murder of Du'a Aswad

Posted on: Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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

Recently, a mob of frenzied men beat and stoned to death a 17-year-old girl, Du'a Khalil Aswad, in northern Iraq. She was murdered by relatives and neighbors for falling in love with someone that her community did not approve of,...

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...

Violence against Indigenous Women

Posted on: Thursday, April 26, 2007

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Indigenous Rights

by Mónica Alemán April 25, 2007 We as Indigenous women have always worked to combat rape and other forms of sexual violence through strategies that recognize that their rights as women and as Indigenous Peoples are inextricably...

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,...

Iraq's Other War: Violence against Women Under US Occupation

Posted on: Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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

A MADRE Opinion Piece March 7, 2007 Last week, Houzan Mahmoud* opened her e-mail and found a message from Ansar al-Islam, a notoriously brutal Sunni jihadist group. The message read simply, "we will kill you by the middle of...

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 Partner Condemned to Death by Jihadist Group

Posted on: Monday, February 26, 2007

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

On February 26, 2007, Houzan Mahmoud, an international representative of MADRE's sister organization, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, received an e-mail signed by Ansar al-Islam, the notoriously brutal jihadist group based in Kurdistan/Iraq. ...

Iraqi Police Commit Rape; Armed, Trained, and Funded by the US

Posted on: Thursday, February 22, 2007

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

A version of this article was published by TomPaine.com The international news media is flooded with images of a woman in a pink headscarf recounting a shattering experience of rape by members of the Iraqi National Police. Most of the...

Abstaining from Greed and Dogma: The AIDS Policy We Should Call for in 2007

Posted on: Friday, December 1, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Africa

December 1, 2006—World AIDS Day A whole generation into the AIDS pandemic, we now have significant (though still insufficient) knowledge of how to combat the disease. But while the world's collective understanding is gradually advancing, US AIDS policy remains...

Sexual Rights are Human Rights

Posted on: Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Sexual Rights

A MADRE Position Paper MADRE understands that sexual rights—including the right to exercise and express sexuality freely and safely; be protected from sexual violence and discrimination; be in charge of decisions about one’s own body; have access to information...

Reproductive Choice and Women's Human Rights

Posted on: Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Reproductive Rights

A MADRE Position Paper If a woman cannot choose whether, when and with whom to have children, her other life choices—if or when to marry, where to live, and what kind of work to pursue—are limited. In fact, reproductive...

Patent Rights Over Human Rights: African Women and US AIDS Policy

Posted on: Thursday, April 6, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women

A MADRE Position Paper Thanks largely to the work of African public-health and social-justice advocates, growing numbers of people around the world know that sub-Saharan Africa is the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic:...

"Honor Crimes"

Posted on: Monday, March 20, 2006

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

A MADRE Position Paper Human rights abuses committed against women—most often by male relatives—in the name of "family honor" are called "honor crimes." They include battery, torture, mutilation, rape, forced marriage, imprisonment within the home, and even murder. These...

Violence Against Women in Latin America

Posted on: Friday, January 6, 2006

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Guatemala, Colombia

A MADRE Position Paper Violence against women in Latin America reflects global trends, mediated by histories and conditions specific to the region. These include colonization, war, migration, and neoliberalism. As in other regions, gender-based violence was integral to the...

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...

Violence against Women: An Integrated Human Rights Approach

Posted on: Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Keywords: Combating Violence Against Women, Women's Health

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an annual global campaign that begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 16 days continue through World AIDS Day (December 1), and end...

MADRE Representative to Human Rights Commission Murdered

Posted on: Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Africa, Sierra Leone

October 6, 2004Dear Friends,This week, our friend and partner, Fannyann Eddy was murdered. Fannyann was the head of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association (SLLAGA). The murderers broke into the SLLAGA office late at night while Fannyann was working,...

Women's Health in a Sick World

Posted on: Monday, September 1, 2003

Keywords: Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa

Mary is a 35 year-old woman living in Rwanda. During the 1994 genocide, she was raped and her husband and oldest child were killed. Banished by her community for bearing the stigma of rape, Mary and her three remaining children...

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