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Statement

Efraín Ríos Montt, the Guatemalan dictator responsible for inflicting mass killings, rapes and genocide against Indigenous Peoples in the 1980s, has died. Under his regime, up to 70,000 people were killed, mostly in Mayan communities. MADRE stands with our partners and with all Indigenous women and families still seeking justice and healing more than 30 years later.

published: 04/02/2018
Article

With the first year of Trump’s presidency behind us and midterm elections fast approaching, progressive women are faced with the looming question of what comes next. How can we go beyond resistance to advance our progressive vision, especially in this difficult moment in history when the right is on the rise? 

published: 03/19/2018
Your Support in Action

When I updated you just weeks ago about the situation in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, the news was already devastating. In the days since, it's gotten even worse.

published: 03/15/2018
Human Rights Report

A new convention on Crimes Against Humanity (CAH) is in its final draft stages, but civil society groups—including women, LGBTIQ people and other directly impacted communities—have not weighed in. While the current treaty draft embraces strong language from the Rome Statute, including gender as a protected class from persecution, it also adopts an outdated definition of gender. 

published: 03/13/2018
Human Rights Report

Last summer, the International Law Commission, a UN body dedicated to developing international legal standards, completed its first reading of the draft articles for a new convention on crimes against humanity, which members of the General Assembly’s Sixth Committee (on legal questions) reviewed in the fall. While the current treaty draft embraces strong language from the Rome Statute, including gender as a protected class from persecution, it also adopts its unusual footnote defining gender.

published: 03/13/2018
Article

Dear Friend,

This International Women's Day, I'm pausing for a moment to reflect. I'm thinking about the feminist future we're struggling towards — and what it looks like when we win.

A feminist future draws closer each time we educate a girl. Each time we create protections that allow women to live life free of discrimination and violence. Each time a woman steps up into leadership to demand change in her community and in the world.

I'm grateful for MADRE, for our partners, and for you — and for the daily actions we each take to bring our progressive vision of the future to life.

published: 03/08/2018
Press Release

Afro-descendant women’s organizations in Colombia will mark International Women’s Day by highlighting Black women’s role in peacebuilding and calling for reparations for conflict-related gender-based violence and other human rights violations. As members of communities that have long suffered governmental neglect, Afro-Colombian women and girls have faced disproportionate rates of conflict-related human rights violations with minimal access to justice or services. 

published: 03/07/2018
Article

Last fall, the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law convened an expert panel to discuss international legal precedents that are being used to investigate and prosecute gender-based persecution perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The event was held just before the filing of an Article 15 Communication by MADRE, the Human Rights and Gender Justice (HRGJ) Clinic of the CUNY School of Law, and the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), with help from the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. 

published: 02/26/2018
Statement

In the days since Turkey launched an air offensive and ground invasion in northwestern Syria, few have stepped forward to condemn these actions, even as the number of casualties has been mounting and thousands have lost their homes. 

published: 01/29/2018
Statement

Happy New Year and Happy 35th Anniversary to MADRE! We are honored and delighted to write to you today, as the Co-Chairs of MADRE's Board of Directors, to kick off our celebration of MADRE's 35 incredible years of advancing women's human rights and working to build a world of equality, justice and peace for all!

 

published: 01/17/2018
Your Support in Action

Our longtime partner in Nicaragua and a dear friend, Rose Cunningham, has been inaugurated as the first Indigenous woman mayor of Waspam, Nicaragua, her hometown. It’s from there that she’s dedicated her life to protecting and advancing the rights of women and girls – both in that community and around the world.

published: 01/11/2018
Your Support in Action

This year, MADRE’s Helping Hands program delivered life-saving medicines and health supplies to Indigenous communities in Nicaragua as well as prescription eyeglasses to families struggling with lack of healthcare coverage in the US.

published: 12/19/2017
Human Rights Report

A few weeks ago, an armed group raided a women’s shelter operated by the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), the only Iraqi organization that has stepped up to meet the critical need for shelter for women at risk of violence. Men armed with assault rifles kidnapped a member of their staff and held him for ransom, and forced OWFI to negotiate for his release. OWFI and other local organizations need protection now for their work meeting the urgent needs of women and girls at risk of violence.

published: 12/13/2017
In the News

Three organizations announced a petition on Wednesday asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring charges against ISIS for persecuting the people under its control on the basis of gender — including the public execution of men alleged to be gay. The petition is being submitted to the ICC by the New York-based women’s rights group Madre, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), and City University of New York School of Law. It will be formally presented Wednesday afternoon at an event with ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

 

published: 11/09/2017

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