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Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) calls for an immediate cessation of the air strikes and naval bombardment into Gaza and an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza. JVP urges Israel not to exploit its asymmetric power to exacerbate the instability in the region.

published: 11/16/2012
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Violence recently exploded in Gaza and Israel. In response, MADRE raised support for women and children in Gaza who had no other source of help. Our partners there are community health workers struggling to provide urgent medical care. Meanwhile, our friends in Mexico heard about our work and decided to help in whatever way they could. With their permission, we have re-printed their letter to us here.

published: 11/16/2012
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This post was written by MADRE interns Kaleena Simoni and Bonnie Haskell.

Packed into a taxi, basically sitting on top of each other, and surrounded by suitcases filled with clothing items, bags full of toiletries and medications, and boxes filled with feminine pads, we were hoping for the best.  

published: 11/13/2012
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We received an update from our partners at Midwives for Peace about a recent meeting, and we wanted to share it with MADRE supporters.

This meeting was dedicated to watching the film “Freedom for Birth,” which presents issues of human rights during childbirth. The film was produced by British filmmakers and was screened worldwide on September 20 at over 1000 venues

published: 11/01/2012
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I spend most of my time surrounded by donations to MADRE. As a Helping Hands Campaign intern, it is almost guaranteed that I can be found rummaging through boxes filled with donations. Some might find this odd – why is she always back there?

And the answer is that I honestly love being a member of Helping Hands for this very particular reason: to be entirely hands-on.

published: 10/30/2012
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Many people now want to shop sustainably and ethically. But often, artisans, most of them women, sell their goods very cheaply to intermediaries, who turn around and make an enormous profit on huge mark-ups selling the goods.

published: 10/29/2012
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Malya and I had both been working with grassroots groups in Haiti since 1986. In 1992, I was raped. My attack was around the time when organizations in Haiti were starting to come together to address the problem of violence in our country. That’s how I met Malya. Together, we decided to unite to combat violence against women.

published: 10/24/2012
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“I support that entirely and think the president was right to use that technology.”

We’ve found at least one area where Governor Mitt Romney wholeheartedly embraces a policy of the Obama Administration. It’s not healthcare reform or green jobs or even funding for public television.

That was Romney talking in Monday night’s foreign policy debate about drone attacks by the US military.

published: 10/24/2012
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Yifat spoke with RHRealityCheck about the situation in Haweeja. Read the full article here.

It’s said that wars never end for those whose lives they touch, and it’s true. Take Iraq—a place that surely proves the maxim that war is not healthy for children or other living things.

published: 10/23/2012
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Every day is a busy day at the KOFAVIV Women’s Center here in Port-au-Prince, Haiti—and in the middle of it all is Malya.

This isn’t my first time here with Malya and KOFAVIV. Each time I return, I’m even more inspired by their work. I’ve listened to their stories, and I’ve seen firsthand the impact of what they do. Plus, I’ve had the chance to get to know Malya, one of the co-founders of KOFAVIV, now being honored as a 2012 CNN Hero.

published: 10/17/2012
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Today is the first International Day of the Girl, and the theme is ending child marriage—an issue that MADRE confronts with our partners In Kenya.

Girls in rural communities there are often forced to marry in exchange for a dowry that their families need for survival. Often, families place a daughter into an early marriage because they believe it is the best thing for her, a more secure situation and circumstance than they can offer her themselves.

published: 10/11/2012
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The stage is set for a new round of peace talks to begin in the seemingly intractable internal armed conflict that has gripped Colombia for nearly fifty years. In the fourth attempt since the 1980s, peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will start next week in Norway and continue in Cuba in the coming weeks, possibly with the National Liberation Front (ELN), another of Colombia’s longstanding guerrilla factions, joining its counterparts at the negotiating table.

published: 10/10/2012
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As the Human Rights Advocacy intern at MADRE, I am learning every day how essential our partnerships are for making change happen at both the community and international levels. On Monday, I met with MADRE Executive Director, Yifat Susskind, to discuss an international effort that MADRE is proud to be a part of: The Nobel Women’s Initiative’s (NWI) Campaign to End Rape in Conflict.

published: 10/09/2012
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I know you’re not stupid, but the mainstream media seems to think you are.

Why else would Newsweek’s front page feature a picture of an angry man wearing a turban and run the headline, “Muslim Rage”? Why else would TV anchor Joe Scarborough insist, “They hate us because of their religion, they hate us because of their culture”?

published: 10/01/2012
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About three months ago, I was reading a CNN article on Malya Villard-Appolon and her work aiding rape survivors in Haiti from my room. Last Monday, as an intern for MADRE’s humanitarian aid campaign Helping Hands, I was sitting amongst Nobel Laureates and international women’s rights activists to learn about an amazing campaign to stop rape and gendered violence in war time. 

published: 09/28/2012
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It’s been an exciting day in the MADRE office – our partner, Malya Villard-Appolon, has been named a 2012 CNN Hero. Malya co-founded KOFAVIV, an organization that works to end sexual violence and provides direct aid to survivors in Haiti.

published: 09/20/2012

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