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Care in Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic calls upon us to move quickly to save lives as we manage grief, fear and frustration. It also calls us to leverage what we know about social change and recognize that emergency responses to this crisis are seeding the future right now.

MADRE is taking action: we are providing funds for emergency support to women, girls and communities most at-risk, who are often overlooked in times of crisis.

Now is the time to do what the women of MADRE’s partner organizations have always done: work to meet critical needs in communities and organize for practices and policies that put the health of people and planet over profit, steer us towards a just transition to sustainable economies, and embrace connection and cooperation as we protect each other and rebuild from disaster.

What we do when crisis strikes

This is a moment when we can all let the best parts of ourselves shine.

The COVID-19 pandemic calls on us to mobilize resources swiftly. We’re in close communication with our partners, tracking the virus’s impact in their communities. We already know that women and girls are on the frontlines of this crisis, mobilizing urgent care where it’s needed most.

Kenyan family receiving supplies

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The Principles That Will Guide Us Now Are the Ones We Live by Always 

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We already face a decimated health system, and rarely do people have the water, food and supplies they need because of the war. It is a heavy burden to prepare for another emergency or even ask people to wash their hands with soap and water, when there is little water to drink. We need more humanitarian aid and medical supplies now.

- MADRE Partner in Yemen

NIWF members providing food for those in need of emergency support and relief


Indigenous Peoples in Nepal are confronting worsening poverty and food crisis. With MADRE's support, the National Women's Indigenous Forum distributed foods and essential hygiene products to communities seriously affected by the lockdown.

Woman carrying large bag over her head.


Wangki Tangni is equipping local midwives with supplies to prevent maternal and infant mortality as the area's hospitals become overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. They are also sharing information on how to keep safe through their radio program, which reaches 115 remote communities.

Women stand beside a humanitarian aid transport vehicle.


Yemeni people are facing war and one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, since long before the COVID-19 crisis. As our partners at Food4Humanity advocate for ceasefire, with funds provided by MADRE, they are also distributing water and equipping community organizers and health workers to carry out their urgent work.

Kenyan women stand in line to collect water.
Domestic Violence in Crisis

MADRE is organizing with grassroots women leaders around the world to address the rising instances of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Syrian Women's League is supporting the education and protection of women, adolescents and children of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Through the Garsah Center, a community resource, they are providing a safe space for educational and mental health services. They are also providing food and hygiene kits.


Zenab for Women in Development is raising awareness on COVID-19 prevention in rural communities. They are distributing hygiene kits and food baskets to 10,000 families located in Gedareg and Kassala States.


The Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq is supporting survivors of gender-based violence through safe houses, mental health and reintegration support  and legal aid services. Safe houses are now acting as shelter-in-place facilities for those who cannot practice social distancing with families due to the threat of violence.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Our partners at the women’s organization SOFEPADI were essential in the fight against Ebola, and they're taking their learnings to combat COVID-19. With our support, they have launched a public awareness campaign focusing on people at the margins. They are also coordinating community violence prevention campaigns to help confront domestic violence.

Palestinian woman puts up an informative poster.
Women in War-torn Countries Organize

Domestic violence increases when communities face crisis. As millions confront the #COVID19 pandemic, many are at risk of worsened abuse. MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind & Senior Legal Advisor Lisa Davis discuss another threat worsened by the #COVID19 crisis.


MADRE partners are sounding the call for help and solidarity.

We work with communities that have experienced wars, genocide,  disasters and more. Now they must work to care for each other through the COVID-19 crisis. MADRE gets essential resources to grassroots women’s organizations that need it most.

You can make a difference.

Iraqi children sitting on beds in a hospital, a mother stands with them.
Sanctions in the Time of COVID-19

People's lives are at risk because they cannot access lifesaving medical supplies and equipment. Read about the dangers of US sanctions and threats to people's lives under the #COVID19 crisis

Graphic: Care-based policies to confront COVID-19

Right now is a moment of opportunity for feminist, progressive policy rooted in care.

MADRE is putting forth a plan to address the pandemic with a feminist lens.

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