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