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MADRE is an international women's human rights organization. We partner with community-based women's groups worldwide facing war and disaster – our sister organizations.

Our mission is to advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face.

Our history is rooted in progressive movements for peace, justice and women’s human rights.

Our Vision

MADRE works for a world where all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights. A world where resources are shared equitably and sustainably. A world where women participate effectively in all aspects of society. And a world where people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives.

We bring our vision to life with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the issues we address. And we are committed to working in partnership with women at the local, regional and international levels who share our goals.

How We Work

To advance women’s human rights, MADRE partners with grassroots women. Together, we meet basic needs for food, clean water, health care and more. When local women provide these vital services to their community, they build new skills and step up as leaders.

MADRE also trains grassroots women’s groups to advocate for policies based on rights, locally, nationally and globally.

These two strategies—meeting urgent needs and advancing human rights—combine to create lasting change.

Partner for Social Change

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

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

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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.

35 years of global women's activism.