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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
Your Support in Action

MADRE’s shipment of much-needed medical supplies and equipment has now completed its last mile of deliveries to Nicaragua! With your help and generosity, we collected basic necessities and scarce medical supplies to send to our sister organization in Waspam, Nicaragua. 

published: 05/12/2016
Your Support in Action

Great news! Thanks to you, we’re about to open a brand new art therapy and counseling center in el Choco, a poor community in the north of Colombia. Your vital support will help even more people!

published: 05/09/2016
Human Rights Report

In April 2016, over a dozen Iraqi women’s organizations came together in Erbil, Iraq for a convening entitledStrategies for Change. As the facilitators of this workshop, MADRE and partners sent the recommendations generated from this convening to the UN Security Council, to inform their upcoming expert group review of women, peace and security concerns in Iraq.

published: 04/21/2016
Statement

MADRE’s Strategies for Change Conference series provides an open and safe forum for Iraqi and Syrian women working in conflict, humanitarian disaster, and confronting violence and extremism. 

published: 04/05/2016

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