For Immediate Release
MADRE Celebrates International Workers' Day
WASHINGTON - Today is International Workers’ Day! At MADRE, we are taking this moment to recognize the vital work that women do around the world—both inside the home and out. We're joined by the women of our partner organizations worldwide, who are fighting for their labor rights. Click on the links below for some examples of our partners and their projects.
Poor women in Guatemala face deplorable conditions and earn subsistence wages in local maquilas (sweatshops). MADRE and our partners at the Barcenas Women Workers’ Committee are promoting health and security for women and families in the Barcenas neighborhood of Guatemala City through a combination of community-based projects and human rights advocacy.
Many traditional farmers in Sudan are women, yet the government's farm aid programs traditionally exclude women, denying them credit and agricultural inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer. MADRE and our partners at Zenab for Women in Development support women farmers so that they can assert their rights and grow the food their families need to survive.
MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice. Since we began in 1983, MADRE has delivered nearly 25 million dollars worth of support to community-based women's organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the United States. For more information about MADRE, visit our website at www.madre.org.