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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
Blog Post

To learn more about Stella and other brave ‪‎Colombian women human rights defenders, scroll to the bottom of this post to watch the new mini-documentary “Taking the Lead: Sexual Violence Survivors Forging Hope in ‪Colombia.”

What does it take to create peace in a place where generations have known only war? Stella Duque, a Colombian human rights activists and MADRE partner, has an answer.

published: 12/10/2015
In the News

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

Vivian Stromberg, founding member and former Executive Director of MADRE, was a remarkable activist and friend. She devoted her life to advocating for peace, justice and the rights of women and families worldwide. And her legacy draws us forward in our commitment to realize human rights for all.

published: 11/23/2015
In the News

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

As official talks were held today in Vienna to negotiate an end to Syria’s four-year war, MADRE re-asserts that a diplomatic solution is the only durable path to peace and that peace cannot be achieved without women. These talks have been...

published: 10/30/2015
Human Rights Report

The report addresses urgent areas of concern related to the status of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Iraq and documented violations committed against these individuals under several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 

published: 10/19/2015
In the News

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
In the News

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