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RESIST IN BODY

KEEPING WOMEN AND OTHER MARGINALIZED GROUPS SAFE, FREE, AND IN CONTROL OF THEIR BODIES

MADRE works with girls, women, disabled, and LGBTQIA+ people to advance disability rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, abortion rights, midwifery, and freedom from domestic violence all over the globe.

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Solmaz Daryani

Our Results
1
Reproductive autonomy

Birth control, abortions, and midwifery services are legal and accessible to those who want or need them.

2
Freedom from gender violence and persecution

People are free, safe, and supported regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, including freedom from domestic violence.

3
Disability rights

People with disabilities live without legal, medical, and social discrimination and have the tools they need to thrive on their own terms.

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PARTNERING WITH THE HAITIAN WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE

When a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in 2021, MADRE followed the Haitian Women’s Collective’s lead to resource local midwives assisting in births and providing sexual and reproductive healthcare. As domestic violence and violence against LGBTQIA+ people increase in the wake of disasters like the earthquake, we supported the Haitian Women’s Collective’s community interventions to protect those groups.

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People deserve to control their own bodies without violence or discrimination

MADRE is committed to securing the safety, freedom, and autonomy of everyone facing abuse and persecution for their gender, sexuality, race, or disability.

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Palestine

In the West Bank, Israeli military roadblocks and restrictions on Palestinians’ freedom of movement prevent people experiencing pregnancy and childbirth from reaching hospitals and accessing reproductive health care. MADRE supports a grassroots group of Palestinian and Israeli midwives, to provide safe delivery kits that reduce mortality in childbirth and to demand an end to the occupation that prevents pregnant people from accessing essential health care.

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Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo faces high rates of domestic violence, which only grew worse as COVID-19 forced many people to stay at home with abusive partners. MADRE works with local women’s organization SOFEPADI to stop domestic violence through community violence prevention campaigns and shelters.

“Sexual violence is increasing in conflict-affected provinces and across the country. The perpetrators include armed groups, security services and civilians. Impunity persists, and when perpetrators are prosecuted, judges impose penalties that are too lenient compared to what the law calls for.”

Julienne Lusenge ​​President, Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development
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YOUR SUPPORT IN ACTION

Advancing Reproductive Rights in COLOMBIA

MADRE and our partners in Colombia won a groundbreaking victory in 2022, fully legalizing abortions in the country.

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Yhaira Rincon

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