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How We Work

To advance social justice, women must be equipped to both meet urgent needs in their communities and advocate for human rights. 

Our partners are grassroots women leaders who know best what threats their communities face and what women and girls need to thrive. When women work together, they create solutions. They build schools and clinics, set up shelters and counseling centers, deliver aid and more. Through this vital work, women build new skills and step up as leaders valued in their communities. What's more, they gain new standing to demand policies that protect women's rights.

MADRE strengthens grassroots women's organizations in war, disaster and their aftermath. We support our partners to meet urgent needs and to build communities that are safer and healthier for women and families. And we train and accompany our partners to advocate for lasting change.


Partner for Social Change

MADRE partners with community-based women's groups facing war, disaster and their aftermath.

Our sister organizations share our vision of a world where all people enjoy the full range of human rights. Together, we meet urgent needs and build women's capacity to create positive social change.


Advocate for Human Rights

The international human rights framework is powerful. But it is an under-utilized tool for creating positive social change.

MADRE applies human rights advocacy to social change initiatives with our partners. We advance the human rights framework, making international law accountable to the people it is meant to serve.


In Iraq, we run an underground railroad, a network of shelters, that saves women in danger. And we demand changes to policies that threaten women and girls, including a ban on shelters run by local women's groups.

Indigenous women in Kenya water harvesting

In Kenya, we give women easy access to clean water. And we bring grassroots women's expertise and solutions to international climate negotiations. 

Theater classes help children of war to heal and grow

In Colombia, we empower young war survivors through art therapy workshops and creative performances. And we mobilize a national and international advocacy campaign, led by young women, to support survivors of sexual violence.

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