MADRE Statements

Responding to the New York Times on Environmental Poisoning in Iraq

Posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Keywords: Middle East, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights, Environmental Justice, Water Rights

When a child is born with a birth defect, her mother tends to her needs.

You Give Us Hope for Syria

Posted on: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Keywords: Middle East, Women's Health, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building, Sexual Rights, Reproductive Rights

"'Rather than throw myself from a window,' the mother said, 'I should raise those beautiful girls.'"   Those are the final words of this wrenching article on Syria that you may have seen in Tuesday's New York Times. They are the words...

Demanding Women's Human Rights at the United Nations: CSW 2014

Posted on: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Keywords: Events, Women's Health, Economic Justice, Combating Violence Against Women, Environmental Justice, UN, Indigenous Rights

From March 10 to March 21, the United Nations will host women's rights advocates from around the world for the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW is for international leaders and civil society activists to convene and...

In Memory of Pete Seeger

Posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Pete Seeger’s protests songs were -- and are -- the music that propelled movements for social change. With his banjo inscribed with the words, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender,” he expressed the immense power of music...

When Great Souls Die: MADRE Gives Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Posted on: Thursday, December 5, 2013


When great souls die,the air around us becomeslight, rare, sterile.We breathe, briefly.Our eyes, briefly,see witha hurtful clarity.

- Maya Angelou A great soul has died. Nelson Mandela – a leader of the anti-apartheid liberation struggle, prisoner of conscience...

Petition: Create a Space for Syrian Women's Voices at Peace Talks

Posted on: Monday, November 25, 2013

Keywords: Syria, Middle East

The peace talks to bring a political settlement to the war in Syria were postponed yet again. In the interim, the slaughter of civilians continues. There will be thousands more deaths as winter encroaches, and as humanitarian aid fails to...

MADRE Calls for International Solidarity with Haitian Women's Human Rights Defenders under Threat

Posted on: Monday, November 4, 2013

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

On the morning of October 24, 2013, women at the Haitian organization KOFAVIV were targeted with the latest in a series of violent threats. A man, who witnesses indicate was armed, stationed himself outside the KOFAVIV Center. He accosted a KOFAVIV...

The Declaration from the Fifth Annual Forum on Indigenous Women of the Wangki

Posted on: Monday, October 7, 2013


We meet in this fifth forum to strongly say: No to any form of violence against women from Wangki. No more suffering, no more death for women and girls.

No US War on Syria: Talks, Not Bombs, Needed in Response to Chemical Attacks

Posted on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Keywords: Syria, Middle East

Evidence has emerged of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war, with hundreds of people killed and thousands injured. Any attack on civilians is a war crime, and MADRE unequivocally denounces the use of chemical weapons by...

Messages of Love for Roxana Diaz from Across the Globe

Posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013


After the devastating loss of Roxana Diaz, our colleague, friend and sister who was killed by a drunk driver last month, we received many beautiful messages of love and support. A few are shared below. Roxana did not have enough...


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