MADRE

Demanding Human Rights for Women and Families around the world

We know that the world has reached a tipping point in its ability to absorb the harmful impacts of unsustainable resource use, economic greed, and militarism. This planet-wide crisis is the defining issue of our time and a keen reminder that there are no single issues: global problems are interrelated and so are smart solutions … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2: MADRE is driven by a commitment to solutions. We use human rights to advance social, environmental, and economic justice, understanding that human rights are not a hierarchy, but an indivisible set of standards for all people to enjoy. MADRE’s focus is on delivering results – meeting immediate, local needs and creating sustainable, long-term alternatives.

Over the past 24 years, MADRE has built a network of community-based women’s organizations worldwide. This network encompasses thousands of women and families – in Sudan, Iraq, Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Palestine and elsewhere – who are on the frontlines of our global crisis. Yet, as part of the MADRE network, they know that change is not only possible – it is already happening.

Through our programs in peace building, women’s health/freedom from violence, and economic and environmental justice, MADRE researches and develops innovative social and political strategies that:

  • deliver resources and support to women and families,
  • use human rights advocacy to promote social justice,
  • research and offer alternative solutions to educate and inspire people to action,
  • work for an equitable distribution of resources to sustain social change.

Since we began in 1983, MADRE has delivered over 22 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.

The MADRE Model of Human Rights in Action: … (full text).

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