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Human Rights Report

We the undersigned organizations write to express our deep concerns about the latest restrictions on civil society participation at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings. This year's CSW is taking place under the shadow of the United States’ escalated anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, and anti-Muslim policies, which are preventing some women from exercising their right to political participation at UN Headquarters in New York. The policies represent the latest in a long history of restrictive migration, refugee and asylum measures that subject women and their families to hate crimes, detention, deportation and family separation, while undermining core universal human rights regarding migrant and refugee rights, and worker protections. These circumstances emphasize the urgent need for women facing multiple discriminations to be at the center of conversations on human rights at CSW.

published: 03/06/2017
Statement

This year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York comes as multiple governments have succumbed to a dangerous right-wing populism and authoritarianism, unleashing resurgent anti-migrant, misogynist, racist, neocolonialist, and neoliberal policies.

In the face of this, and at a time of ongoing wars, refugee crises and attacks on human rights, women civil society and gender justice advocates from around the globe are coming together in New York to develop and share strategies of resistance, and to reassert that women’s rights are human rights. 

published: 03/06/2017
In the News

“It makes us happy that we hear the men from our communities are listening to the radio and saying ‘no more violence’ and acknowledging that women have rights.” This is how Luisa Ruiz* described the change brought to her community by the “Voices of the Women of Wangki Tangni” project, which established the first radio station to focus on women’s rights in the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.

published: 02/22/2017
Your Support in Action

At the end of last year, MADRE traveled to Nicaragua to meet with women who take part in Harvesting Hope. That’s the Indigenous women’s farming project you support on the impoverished north coast of Nicaragua. We visited the community of Kisalaya, where we meet with women farmers to discuss the challenges they face and how they work together to overcome them. 

published: 02/03/2017
Your Support in Action

We called on your help. And thanks to MADRE supporters like you, we were able to respond with lifesaving aid and care. 

published: 02/01/2017
Statement

With every new announcement and executive order, the Trump administration takes aim at the people that he threatened and marginalized during his campaign — Muslims, refugees, immigrants. And he strikes at the values that live deep in our hearts — human rights, inclusion, peace.

published: 01/26/2017
Article

Today is the beginning. It may be the start of the Trump Administration, but let it also be the inauguration of something much more powerful: a renewed feminist social justice movement that takes root in each of our lives, throughout the country and around the world.

published: 01/20/2017
Your Support in Action

As we start 2017, we’re gearing up to confront the many challenges we know we will face, in the US and around the world.

published: 01/10/2017
Your Support in Action

Let me tell you about Rose Cunningham. Simply put, she’s a force for women and girls – and for their right to a life free of violence.

published: 12/28/2016
Your Support in Action

The humanitarian disaster in besieged Aleppo worsens daily. A plan to evacuate thousands of Syrians to safety is falling apart. Hospitals have been bombed, destroying access to lifesaving medical care for thousands of Syrian women and families.
 

published: 12/19/2016
Your Support in Action

Eunice is a young community health worker in Kenya. Her work with the Indigenous Information Network, MADRE's partner organization, brings her to communities to talk with women and families about their needs.

published: 12/16/2016
Your Support in Action

The news out of Syria is beyond horrifying. Bombs have decimated Aleppo as government forces laid siege to the city. Reports from the ground say that people, including women and children, have been shot in the streets and in their homes.
 

published: 12/13/2016
Your Support in Action

With your help, MADRE joins together with courageous activists around the world. I know a better world is possible because, with you and our grassroots partners, we’re building it.

published: 12/09/2016
Statement

After months of protest, Indigenous water protectors and activists have won a ruling from the federal government against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This decision calls to reroute the pipeline that threatened to contaminate the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

published: 12/05/2016
Article

Many in the US are emerging from their initial shock at the outcome of the presidential election to confront its likely impacts: a legitimation of right-wing identity politics, worsening climate change and militarism, assaults on women’s rights and LGBT rights, and the gutting of basic public services. 

published: 12/02/2016
Statement

MADRE salutes the people of Cuba as they mark the passing of Fidel Castro.

published: 11/26/2016
Your Support in Action

 The past weeks have been filled with so much fear and bad news. But we are not buffeted by these changing winds, because our eyes are looking to what comes next and our feet are firmly planted — thanks to you.

published: 11/21/2016
Statement

I’m sure you’re feeling shock and horror, knowing what we’re up against. A president-elect who encourages violence and espouses a toxic blend of sexism, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

published: 11/09/2016
Your Support in Action

We met Melissa and Matilda, pictured here, when MADRE visited with Wangki Tangni, our Nicaraguan partner organization, last month. 

published: 11/07/2016
Article

The battle for Mosul has started, after months of warnings, and it’s predicted to displace over a million people. Humanitarian catastrophes like this don’t always come with advance notice, allowing policymakers and aid workers time to ramp up their operations. So it’s especially galling that Iraq’s government has tied the hands of their most valuable crisis responders: local women’s organizations.

published: 10/21/2016

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