In Indigenous communities on the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, women and girls confront poverty, discrimination and high levels of abuse. This violence is aggravated by drug and human trafficking, and perpetrators are rarely prosecuted. Women and girls survivors of violence in isolated communities need to travel many days by boat or on foot to reach a shelter and a court.
“Once a woman is raped, she loses her name. People just call her ‘la violada’: the raped one.”
- Rose Cunningham, Indigenous leader and MADRE partner
MADRE partners with a local Indigenous women’s organization called Wangki Tangni. Together with you, we transform communities into Shelters Without Walls, where women are safe from violence, no matter what.
- Women and girls know their rights and have access to medical and legal services.
- Men and boys are educated about women’s human rights and about their role in ending violence.
- Local authorities are held accountable to take concrete steps to protect women and girls.
- Women gain the tools, skills and activist networks to create communities free from violence.
Wangki Tangni is a community development organization run by and for Indigenous women on Nicaragua's North Atlantic coast. They work to demand an end to violence and promote women's rights.
Rape used as a weapon of war. Domestic abuse used to enforce submission. Worldwide, women face violence that strips them of power and agency. It devastates those who are targeted and destroys the social fabric of families, communities and societies. But women are stepping up to stop it.