MADRE

MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization that partners with community-based women’s groups to advance women’s human rights, challenge injustice and create social change in contexts of war, conflict, disaster and their aftermath. MADRE advocates for a world in which all people enjoy individual and collective human rights; natural resources are shared equitably and sustainably; women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and all people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives. For more information about MADRE, visit www.madre.org.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018
International Letter Demands Freedom for Sara Quiñonez and Tulia Maris Valencia
Individuals and organizations from around the world sent a letter today to Colombian Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez demanding that the government drop its baseless charges against social movement leaders Sara Quiñonez and her mother Tulia Maris Valencia. Both women are human rights...
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Monday, March 13, 2017
Rights Organizations Call for No Borders on Gender Justice
Today, as the United Nations begins its annual gathering on women’s rights, a coalition of international women’s, LGBTIQ, and immigrant justice organizations have launched a joint initiative called: No Borders on Gender Justice. This coalition, participating in the UN Commission on the Status of...
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Friday, December 18, 2015
Open Letter to John Kerry on Syria Peace Process
Dear Mr. Secretary of State: We are deeply concerned that, as Syrian peace negotiations begin to regain momentum for 2016, Syrian women civil society representation still remains absent from the formal process, despite the obligation under international law and unmistakable commitments by the...
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Thursday, March 05, 2015
Interviews Available: Women’s Human Rights Activists Mark 20 Years Since Beijing
As thousands of advocates convene at the United Nations, interviews are available with activist leaders creating local and global strategies to promote women’s human rights. This annual UN gathering of the Commission on the Status of Women, taking place March 9 - 20, assesses progress and obstacles...
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Monday, January 26, 2015
International Solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian Women’s Human Rights Advocates against ISIL
Women in Iraq and Syria are the targets of brutal oppression and sexual attacks perpetrated by ISIL. From January 26-28 , in Istanbul, Turkey, a landmark event will convene Iraqi and Syrian women's rights advocates working to protect survivors and to document evidence of sexual violence and rape as...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Paper Released Calling for Climate Justice – With Gender Justice
Today, world leaders will attend a United Nations climate summit to present proposals to reduce emissions. This comes just days after the largest climate march ever and as reports show that harmful emissions reached new peaks in 2013. In preparation, MADRE, an international women’s human rights...
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Militants Sweep towards Baghdad: Women’s Rights Groups Mobilize
In the past 48 hours, militants have seized control of cities across northern Iraq, including Mosul, the country’s second largest city. Led by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the insurgents’ rapid advance is raising fears of an all-out civil war as they move south towards Baghdad. The approach of this armed offensive is escalating sectarian tensions and the threat of violence even in areas beyond insurgents’ control.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Advocates Release Report on Violations of Women’s Human Rights in Syria
MADRE and a coalition of international and Syrian women’s human rights groups have released a report on women’s human rights violations in Syria before and during the current war. These violations include sexual violence, torture and forced marriage, as well as women’s exclusion from peace negotiations and domestic political processes.
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Monday, August 26, 2013
Shots Fired at Haitian Human Rights Defender’s Home
Early Friday morning, a group of armed men arrived at the home of Malya Villard Appolon, General Coordinator of KOFAVIV, a Haitian grassroots women’s organization and long-time MADRE partner. The assailants fired gunshots at Ms. Villard Appolon’s house, leaving several bullet holes in her front gate and striking and breaking her front doorbell. The attackers returned later while police were at the scene, but officers were unable to make an arrest or apprehend the shooters.
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Friday, June 28, 2013
The Long Walk to Freedom: Statement on the Anniversary of Stonewall
Today, on the anniversary of the Stonewall riot that lit the spark of the gay and transgender civil rights movement here in the United States, MADRE takes a moment to pause and reflect on the momentous Supreme Court decision that struck down the legally enshrined inequality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and the change we see sweeping across not just one nation, but the entire world.
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