International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security


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Mission Statement

To advance women's human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face.

Main Programs

  1. Climate Justice Calls for Gender Justice
  2. Ending Rape as a Weapon of War

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chief executive for fy 2011

Ms. Yifat Susskind

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women, international, human rights, health, economic development, refugees, disaster relief, afghanistan, colombia, guatemala, iraq, kenya, peru, sudan, nicaragua, haiti, earthquake

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Women's Rights (R24)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

$30 million: The value of the material support we have sent to our sister organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia since 1983.

Over 130 women and families in Iraq who found shelter, counseling and medical attention in a network of safe houses.

3,000 women farmers in Sudan who use the organic seeds and tools they receive from MADRE to grow the food their families need to survive.

16,628 Palestinians from 10 communities received urgent medical aid from mobile emergency health clinics.

1,000 Indigenous women from 115 communities along the North Atlantic coast of Nicaragua participated in a four-day forum to discuss their rights.

6,000 former child soldiers in Colombia joined in art, drama, sports and theater programs, a way to build self-esteem and imagine peace.


What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Climate Justice Calls for Gender Justice

Many now recognize that the poor are hit first and worst by the food shortages, droughts, floods and disease associated with climate change. Yet, fewer acknowledge that women and girls make up six out of ten of the poorest people worldwide.

While poor, rural and Indigenous women are especially vulnerable to climate change, they are more than victims. They are sources of solutions, devising innovative, locally-rooted responses.

We partner for social change to create climate justice and gender justice in local communities, by:

- Partnering with Indigenous women in places like Nicaragua and Kenya to confront immediate climate threats in their communities
- Giving women the seeds and tools to plant tree nurseries that protect local water sources and raise organic crops
- Creating spaces for women to share their knowledge on rain water harvesting and food storage

We advocate for human rights and the leadership of grassroots women in environmental policies, by:

- Shining a spotlight on women’s exclusion from policymaking
- Facilitating conversations where grassroots activists can exchange knowledge and create new strategies
- Providing childcare, stipends, translation and more for grassroots women entering policymaking spaces
- Providing training to our partners to equip them to present their demands to policymakers
- Partnering with local activists to win implementation of policy victories




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Program 2

Ending Rape as a Weapon of War

We can end rape as a weapon of war in our lifetime. Momentum is building towards this goal, and world leaders are finally recognizing what women’s human rights activists have spotlighted for decades. Rape is not an accident in wartime: it is a weapon. It is deliberately used to traumatize women and terrorize their entire communities.

In Iraq, armed militants have kidnapped, raped and sold women in the towns they have seized. In Colombia, young girls recruited as child soldiers are turned into sex slaves. When asked why they fled their homes, Syrian women refugees said that fear of rape was the number one reason.

We partner for social change to prevent rape as a weapon of war and protect survivors, by:

- Setting up emergency shelters and hotlines in Iraq to rescue women in danger.
- Creating a refuge for young girls in Colombia recover from their experiences as child soldiers, a place where they rediscover beauty through art and dance.

We advocate for human rights to win recognition and global action to confront rape as a weapon of war, by:

- Partnering with Syrian women activists, who are organizing for a seat at the table in peace negotiations, so that rape as a weapon of war cannot be ignored
- Holding leaders accountable to the commitments they have made to end wartime rape, such as at a global summit in June 2014




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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    MADRE is an international women's human rights organization. We partner with community-based women's groups worldwide facing war and disaster -- our sister organizations. Our mission is to advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face. Our history is rooted in progressive movements for peace, justice and women’s human rights.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Women cannot develop long-term solutions to the crises they face when they are struggling to ensure their family’s daily survival. MADRE therefore works to meet urgent needs as a necessary component of creating social change.
    MADRE partners with community-based women's organizations that share our vision of a world where all people enjoy the full range of human rights. MADRE works with our sister organizations to meet urgent needs in their communities and enhance women's capacity to create positive social change.
    The international human rights framework is a powerful, but under-utilized tool for creating positive social change.

    MADRE aims to apply human rights to social change initiatives, advance and improve the human rights framework and to make international law relevant and accountable to the people it is meant to serve.
    A cogent understanding of the social, economic, and political conditions that confront us is critical to creating positive change. Therefore, MADRE works to communicate the impacts of policies of governments, international financial institutions, and other centers of power on women and their communities worldwide and to formulate and press for alternatives to destructive policies. MADRE enables people to come together and see their own struggles in a broader context and in relation to other peoples' struggles.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    In addition to longer-term development projects, MADRE works in two ways to meet the immediate needs of women and families around the world.
    MADRE's Emergency & Disaster Relief Fund enhances MADRE's capacity to respond to crises and enables us to act immediately and effectively when disasters strike, bringing urgently needed resources directly to the women and families most in need.
    MADRE’s Helping Hands Program delivers medicines, school supplies and other humanitarian aid to our sister organizations around the world. These contributions enable women to meet immediate needs in their communities and strengthen their work for positive social change.
    Madre also offers leadership trainings and human rights education workshops for the women of our sister organizations to gain the skills to advocate effectively in the international arena and, once they have returned home, to hold their governments accountable to the commitments they have made at global conferences.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Colombia: Protecting Children of War
    Partner: Taller de Vida
    6,000 children served at the center during 2013; Report on violations of women and transgender rights brought to the UN with a landmark victory

    Guatemala: Women’s Rights
    Partner: Women Workers’ Committee
    Community health fair with 10 trainings on sexual and reproductive health held with over 1,500 women participating

    Partner: MUIXIL: Women’s Cooperative
    50 Indigenous women each received three chickens, roofing sheets for chicken coops, and vaccines for the chickens

    Haiti: Defending Women and Girl’s Rights
    Partner: KOFAVIV
    Care and counseling offered to hundreds of rape survivors; “Rally for Your Rights’ held; human rights workshops held; series of human rights workshops were held, bringing together activists, community groups and government representatives

    Iraq: Women’s Rights
    Partner: OWFI
    OWFI services provided to 130 women and young gay men at risk of violence; radio program “Al Mousawat (‘Equality’)” aired with nearly seven million listeners with women from the shelter as broadcasters and receiving up to 65 calls or text messages per broadcast; provided wheelchairs and other mobility equipment for children with disabilities in Hawijah center.

    Kenya: Access to Clean Water
    Partner: IIN
    a rural community in Kenya with 4,000 people benefitted from access to potable water and improving health from water-borne diseases.

    Nicaragua: Food Security and Women’s Rights
    Partner: Wangki Tangni
    90 women participated in Harvesting Hope project and is feeding 5,000 people; Forum held to discuss challenges faced within their communities and find solutions with 1,000 women attending

    Partner: Midwives for Peace
    2013 marked the fifth anniversary of Midwives for Peace; quarterly meetings were held between Palestinian and Israelis midwives.

    Partner: Zenab
    The Women Farmers Union now has 3,000 women members; income earned from the harvests by one woman used to open a pre-school serving 60 children; technology (oil miller) purchased to improve harvest techniques and increase income generating opportunities.

    Syria: Women and Girls Rights and Humanitarian Needs
    Humanitarian aid delivered to Syrian refugee women and their families; documentation of violence against Syrian women in the war developed; trainings held on how to use international law for survivors of wartime sexual violence
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Colombia: Protecting Children of War This year, we brought our partners’ testimonies to the international stage, presenting to a United Nations committee a report on violations of women’s reproductive rights, on sexual violence in armed conflict, on discrimination against transgender people, and on lack of access to adequate health care.
    Guatemala: Women’s Rights Our sister organization, Women Worker’s Committee, which promotes health and security for women and families in Barcenas, a poor neighborhood of Guatemala City, organized a community health fair that provided vaccinations, Pap smears and other vital health tests, as well as 10 trainings on sexual and reproductive health.
    Women’s Cooperative With our partners at Muixil, a group of 350 Indigenous women, we established small chicken farms as a source of food security and income.
    Haiti: Defending Women and Girl’s Rights The KOFAVIV Women’s Center is a haven for women and girls still rebuilding their lives almost four years after the earthquake; supporting women and girls who have been raped get the care they need—a warm meal, access to medical treatment and social support.
    Iraq: Women’s Rights Safe houses run by MADRE and OWFI offer women and gay men safety, counseling and medical attention through our network of safe houses. OWFI also broadcasts a radio program on human rights and harmful practices and attitudes towards women.
    Kenya: Access to Clean Water Potable water through piping, filters and purification systems provided to Indigenous Peoples in Kenya who otherwise wouldn’t have access to clean water, a basic human right. As a result, women no longer have to walk miles each morning to collect water or worry about deadly diseases transmitted through dirty water, such as cholera and typhoid.
    Nicaragua: Food Security and Women’s Rights Through our Harvesting Hope project with our sister organization Wangki Tangni, MADRE trained Indigenous Miskito women in organic farming and provided families with vegetable seeds. During 2013, the women organized a seed bank to cultivate, save and share seeds from one growing season to the next.
    Palestine Midwives for Peace is a grassroots group of 24 Palestinian and Israeli midwives supported by MADRE. In 2013 we were able to deliver vital support to sustain the work of midwives in the West Bank and to help build woman-to-woman bonds for peace.
    Sudan The country’s first Women Farmers Union—co-founded by MADRE—has now grown to 3,000 women, who can now grow the food their families need to survive. In 2013, the women purchased a miller to make sesame and peanut oil from their harvests, further boosting their income.
    Syria More than two years of civil war in Syria have triggered a massive humanitarian disaster. We delivered life-saving humanitarian aid for Syrian refugee women and their families and sent nurses and midwives to provide health care, family planning and trauma counseling.

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Ms. Yifat Susskind


Yifat Susskind works to make human rights a reality for all people. Before joining the  staff of MADRE, she was part of a joint Israeli-Palestinian human rights organization in Jerusalem, using journalism, advocacy and political organizing in her work for peace. 
At MADRE, Yifat has worked with women’s human rights activists from Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East to create programs in their communities to address violence against women, economic development, climate change, and armed conflict. Coupling this experience with her extensive writing on US foreign policy and international issues, Yifat enables audiences to grasp the real-life impacts of their government’s policies on women and families around the world, offering people concrete ways to take positive action. Her critical analysis has appeared in online and print publications such as, Foreign Policy in Focus, AlterNet, and The W Effect: Bush’s War on Women, published by the Feminist Press in 2004.



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