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As a girl, Lucy knew she wasn't supposed to play on the banks of the rushing Ngoboro River. If she wasn't careful, she could fall in and be swept away. Today, a relentless drought has reduced that river to a trickle, and families struggle to get the water they need.

published: 10/03/2016
Article

Tonight, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off at the first presidential debate. Here's an alternative set of questions to help answer what it would look like when our country and our leaders respect and protect rights for all.

published: 09/26/2016
Article

2016 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history. July and August tied for hottest months ever documented, with August marking an eleven-month streak of record hot months. And the resulting droughts, floods and storms threaten people’s lives worldwide.

published: 09/22/2016
Article

At a speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, President Obama looked back on his term and laid out the “course corrections” he suggested the world needs.

What we need is much more than a course correction — we need a feminist foreign policy. What would that look like? Here are some examples.
 

published: 09/20/2016
Your Support in Action

The small community of Andris, Nicaragua still struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Felix devastated the area more than eight years ago. That's because its location, on the North Atlantic Coast near the Caribbean basin, is constantly hit by floods and tropical storms, making it harder and harder for the small, isolated town to recover.

published: 09/20/2016
Your Support in Action

I can’t thank you enough. That’s because in just the space of three months, your support brought safe haven and security to 119 young women and girls who have escaped sexual slavery by ISIS. Thank you! 

published: 09/09/2016
Article

Today we face the prospect of a Syrian peace agreement with disappointment at its delay and frustration that, yet again, negotiators embrace a framework that ignores obligations under international law to include the participation of women civil society members. While the international community has mandated women's full and equal participation in all aspects of peace and security efforts through U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 and its subsequent resolutions, there remain significant barriers to the comprehensive implementation of the women, peace and security agenda in policy and practice.

published: 08/17/2016
Article

Consider the landmark human rights victories of our age: winning the U.S. federal right to marriage equality, the Roe v. Wade' decision, the creation of the International Criminal Court, and the passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 mandating women's role in peace-building. The collective memory of the human rights advocacy community and of popular discourse tends to enshrine these wins into singular moments — as a celebrated arrival at a destination after a long journey.

However, the first step of any successful journey begins by understanding your destination and choosing the right map to get there. 

published: 08/09/2016
In the News

While Amir Ashour was growing up in Iraq in the early 2000s, he knew homosexuality existed but he didn’t know much else about it. “Aside from my personal feelings wondering ‘why am I attracted to this person?’ when I was 10 or 11, I had my first experience when I was 16 or 17,” he said recently.

published: 07/28/2016
In the News

From the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Somalia, and South Sudan to the horrors committed by ISIL, we live in a world that is seemingly rife with violence and instability. What we don't see often enough is another truth: today's world is also filled with incredible stories of resilience that arc toward a more peaceful and stable world. This is why the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) set out to showcase this incredible and impactful work.

published: 06/30/2016
Your Support in Action

Thanks to your support, we’re giving Kenyan women farmers the tools and training they need to adapt and survive. Here’s a recent example of what you help make possible.

published: 06/28/2016
Statement

MADRE condemns the devastating brutality of the attack in Orlando and the bigotry that enabled it. We call for an end to anti-LGBT discrimination that produces this violence, and we stand firm against Islamophobic rhetoric that casts blame on all Muslims for the acts of an extremist few. 

published: 06/13/2016
Article

As the president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), Yanar runs an “underground railroad” for women and LGBT people to escape ISIS sexual slavery and assassination. My trust in her is not a figure of speech but the fruit of long-term partnership between our organizations, forged through the years of US occupation, sectarian war and now ISIS.

published: 06/02/2016
Human Rights Report

Today our Human Rights Advocacy Director, Lisa Davis, spoke to the United Nations Security Council on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security on the need to include women in solutions to violent extremism and sexual violence in conflict.

published: 06/02/2016
Your Support in Action

Awaz’s fiery determination to make a difference is obvious the moment you meet her. “When I can’t help everyone,” she told us, “I feel it deeply in my heart.”

published: 05/26/2016
Your Support in Action

“My greatest goal is to support to the Yazidi women who have survived ISIS. How can we give them a better life? This is the question.”

published: 05/26/2016
In the News

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
Your Support in Action

With your support, we were able to purchase equipment for our very own human rights radio station for our partners in Nicaragua, Wangki Tangni.

published: 05/12/2016

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