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Human Rights groups came together at CUNY School of Law to discuss living as a woman and a non-gender conforming individual in Iraq under ISIS rule: “When Coming Out is a Death Sentence: Policy Strategies to Address the Persecution of Women & LGBT Persons by ISIS in Iraq”. 

published: 05/13/2016
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MADRE communications director Diana Duarte on the work being done by the organisation alongside partner groups working in conflict areas.

published: 01/03/2016
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Despite being targets for sexual and other forms of violence by guerrilla groups, paramilitary forces and state security forces, Colombian women are on the front lines of grassroots and national efforts to support survivors and rebuild their communities.

published: 12/11/2015
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Jillian Schwedler spoke with Yifat Susskind on October 28, 2015, the week after Yanar Mohammed, head of MADRE’s partner group the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), testified before the UN Security Council about women’s vital role in sustainable peacebuilding and about the task of sheltering women fleeing sexual violence, including from areas controlled by ISIS.

published: 12/08/2015
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Mohammed is the president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, a Baghdad-based NGO. Since 2003, OWFI has used an underground network of shelters in secret locations across the country, to help hide and protect women from traffickers and domestic violence.

published: 11/06/2015
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Yanar Mohammed, a women's rights advocate in Iraq, is known for the "underground railroad" of shelters she runs for women escaping ISIS. After a year of struggling to keep the shelters open and safe from police and government officials, who treat these shelters as illegal, Mohammed is now pressing the international community to also take action against the violence faced by women in her country.

published: 10/19/2015
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Eve Ensler recently spoke with Yanar Mohammed about impacts of the US military invasion and occupation of Iraq, the people’s uprisings in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, and the horrific violence, fear and trauma that Iraqi women face daily.

published: 10/16/2015
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Since 2006, Layla, a rape victim and former prostitute, has been secretly mapping Iraq’s underworld of sex trafficking and prostitution. 

published: 10/05/2015
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After reading about ISIS’ systematic use of rape, I recoiled. Even after decades as a women’s rights activist, I find that my mind can still reel at the levels of atrocity that women and girls endure. But this story is incomplete without mention of Iraqi and Syrian women’s resilience.

published: 08/18/2015
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To show that your 20s aren't all that, we asked 30 incredible women to share just exactly why New York City is actually better as you get older — from mistakes they've made, lessons they've learned, and the advice they wish they'd had. See, getting older doesn't need to be so scary. In fact, it might actually feel good.

published: 06/01/2015
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Iraqi woman human rights defender Yanar Mohammed spoke to Jennifer Allsopp at the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference about grass-roots responses to the atrocities women are facing under ISIS.

published: 04/26/2015

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