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A coalition of human rights organizations, led by MADRE, Outright Action International and CUNY Law School, have announced a historic victory for the power of international law to extend protection to all victims of atrocities. Their campaign to ensure international legal protections for the rights of women and LGBTIQ people has won a crucial endorsement from the International Law Commission (ILC), the body charged with drafting a new treaty on prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity.

published: 06/19/2019

The Trump Administration has finally released the US Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (“WPS Strategy”). The WPS Strategy, mandated by the Women, Peace, and Security Act of October 2017, addresses the role of women in preventing and resolving conflict.

published: 06/19/2019

Women organizers, who led the resistance to the Trump administration from the president’s first day in office, propelled a movement that sent a record number of women to Congress in 2018.

Those fearless new women now making policy on Capitol Hill are not content to simply take office. Indeed, we see more equitable representation of women as only one step toward building a more just and feminist policy agenda—particularly within the male-dominated and notoriously entrenched realm of U.S. foreign policy.

published: 05/09/2019

The crisis in Venezuela is again accelerating, with renewed protests and ongoing opposition efforts to push Nicolás Maduro out of power. The US has also mounted a campaign to undermine his rule, including with the threat of military intervention. MADRE calls for an escalated commitment to a negotiated settlement to end the crisis in Venezuela and for an end to the threats of US military attack. And we denounce US attempts at regime change, the latest in a long history of destabilizing interventions in the region.

published: 05/03/2019
Your Support in Action

When we honor Earth Day, it’s about much more than the ground beneath your feet. It’s the food that nourishes us, the water that sustains us, the air that flows through us. It’s about the deep and intricate connections between all beings, and our responsibility to live in balance with each other and the Earth.

published: 04/22/2019
Press Release

Fort Berthold, ND – April 17, 2019 – A delegation of Indigenous women climate defenders from Colombia, Guatemala, Israel, Kenya, Nepal and Nicaragua arrived today in North Dakota to visit the Fort Berthold Reservation where they will meet with local leaders who are confronting the devastating impact of oil and gas mega-projects on their communities, particularly on Indigenous women and girls.

published: 04/17/2019

The people of Sudan rose up because they had a vision of their country’s future -- one of peace, freedom and justice. And youth, and especially young women, have been the leading force driving the four-month protest to call for an end to the regime of Omar al-Bashir.

published: 04/11/2019
Speaking Engagement

Laura Flanders talks with Yifat Susskind of MADRE and K.K Verdade of Fundo ELAS about the current fight for human rights in Brazil, and the right-wing hate campaign against feminist so-called "gender ideology" worldwide.

published: 04/01/2019

In 2016, the Colombian government and the rebel group known as the FARC signed a landmark peace agreement meant to end decades of war. Afro-Colombian women’s rights advocates were at the forefront of peace movements that led to the signing of this accord.

published: 03/25/2019

We are devastated by the killings of 50 people, victims of a white supremacist terrorist in Christchurch, New Zealand. As more emerges about the lives cut brutally short, we mourn and offer solidarity to their families and communities.

published: 03/18/2019
Human Rights Report

This report, published in advance of the review of Colombia’s human rights record by the UN Committee on the Elimination of of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) at its 72nd Session, documents human rights violations committed against Afro-Colombian women and their communities, and makes concrete recommendations for change.

published: 02/21/2019
Your Support in Action

Afro-Colombian human rights defenders Sara Quiñonez and Tulia Maris Valencia, activists with our local partner organization Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN), have been unjustly detained. Their imprisonment is in retaliation for their community organizing to demand peace and justice. Here is a summary update and action recently shared by PCN.

published: 12/20/2018