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MADRE

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.madre.org

Mission Statement

MADRE is an international women's human rights organization founded 34 years ago. We partner with grassroots women to create social change in contexts of war, disaster, and injustice. To advance women's human rights, MADRE supports grassroots women to meet their basic needs as a bridge to develop their advocacy and political participation. MADRE sustains their organizations, providing the practical skills, ongoing support and access necessary to build new skills, step up as leaders and win rights for themselves and their communities locally, nationally and globally. Together, these two strategies — meeting urgent needs and advancing human rights — combine in MADRE's signature holistic method to capacitate women for the long term and create lasting social change.

MADRE partners with grassroots women's groups in: Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, Haiti, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Kenya, Sudan, Nepal and the United States.

Main Programs

  1. Women Climate Defenders
  2. Ending Rape as a Weapon of War
  3. LGBTIQ Rights
  4. Emergency and Disaster Relief
Service Areas

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International

MADRE partners with grassroots women's groups in: Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, Haiti, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Kenya, Sudan, Nepal and the United States.

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer since 2011

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Ms. Yifat Susskind

Keywords

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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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Also Known As

MADRE

EIN

13-3280194

 Number

4462997185

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Women's Rights (R24)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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$33 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.

Programs

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

Program 1

Women Climate Defenders

Our actions to confront climate change today will decide the futures of our planet and of generations to come. You can join the women leading the way.

Climate change is a global threat, and poor, rural and Indigenous women are hardest hit. They are impacted first and worst by the food shortages, droughts, floods and diseases linked to this growing danger. But they are more than victims. They are sources of solutions, inventing innovative, locally-rooted responses.

Through our Women Climate Defenders initiative, MADRE’s grassroots partners enable their communities to adapt to climate change. They build clean water systems to guard against drought and seed banks to preserve future harvests. And we bring grassroots women's voices to influence national and international climate policy discussions. Through this initiative, we:

> Partner with women to confront immediate climate threats, like flooding and drought, in their communities.
> Give women seeds and tools to plant tree nurseries that protect local water sources and raise organic crops.
> Create spaces for women to exchange their knowledge and strategies to confront climate change, like rain water harvesting and food storage.
> Shine a spotlight on women’s exclusion from policymaking.
> Provide childcare, stipends, translation and more for grassroots women entering policymaking spaces.
> Train and equip our partners to present their demands to policymakers at the local, national, regional and international levels.
> Partner with local activists to make sure their leaders implement policy victories.


Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

Program 2

Ending Rape as a Weapon of War

We can end rape as a weapon of war in our lifetime. Momentum is already building towards this goal: world leaders have finally recognized what women’s human rights activists have said for decades. Rape is not incidental to warfare: it is a weapon. It is deliberately used to traumatize women and terrorize their entire communities.

We see this across our work. In Iraq, armed militants have kidnapped, raped and sold women in the towns they have seized. In Colombia, young girls recruited as child soldiers have been turned into sex slaves. When asked why they fled their homes, Syrian women refugees said that fear of rape was a number one reason. And women in Guatemala are still rebuilding their lives after being targeted with rape in the genocide of the 1980s.

Through our Ending Rape as a Weapon of War initiative, MADRE partners with grassroots women's organizations to set up emergency shelters, hotlines and escape routes for women and girls fleeing sexual violence, with a focus on preventing this abuse. And we bring women's voices to policy-making spaces to hold governments accountable to their commitments to end wartime rape. Through this initiative, we:

> Collaborate with brave, on-the-ground activists to set up emergency shelters, hotlines and escape routes to rescue women in danger of sexual enslavement and other extremist violence.
> Create refuges for young women and girls to recover from sexual violence and their experiences of war.
> Partner with women peace activists, who organize to demand a seat at the table in peace negotiations, so that rape as a weapon of war cannot be ignored.
> Hold leaders accountable to the commitments they have made to end wartime rape.




Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

Females, all ages or age unspecified

None

Budget

Program 3

LGBTIQ Rights

We stand for every human’s right to be safe and free in our bodies and in our identities. In communities worldwide, norms of gender and sexuality are policed with violence and discrimination. Women and girls face abuse at home and in public. Gender non-conforming and LGBTIQ people are targeted with violence.

MADRE and our partners are joining together against attacks on our gender and sexuality.

Through our LGBTIQ Rights initiative, we support the grassroots organizing of local women and LGBTIQ activists, creating safe spaces in dangerous places to share strategies, create campaigns and build power together. We advance these demands in the international arena, upholding the right to exercise and express sexuality and gender identity, and to be protected from violence and discrimination.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Gays/Lesbians

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Emergency and Disaster Relief

Our partners need us most when a disaster hits or when war breaks out. That's why MADRE launched an Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund. The Fund lets us act immediately and effectively. We bring crucial resources–like food, water, medical care and shelter– directly to the women and families most in need.

Women are often hardest hit. That's because they have fewer resources to start with and often have no safety net. Women are also responsible for those made most vulnerable–children, the elderly and people who are ill or disabled.

But women need more than aid. Women at the community level must be allowed to lead in relief efforts. When community women distribute emergency aid, it has the best chance of reaching those most in need. ​That's why MADRE's support strengthens community women's efforts in times of crisis. By partnering directly with local women's groups, we're able to mobilize resources quickly and efficiently. We can carry out relief efforts in ways that respond to the priorities and perspectives of local communities.

Through out Women-Centered Disaster Relief, we sustain and empower our sisters worldwide, and help rebuild communities on a stronger foundation.

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  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?
    MADRE's close working relationship with our grassroots partners is grounded in shared goals and objectives, trust, on-going training, mutual learning and consistent and frequent communication. This facilitates monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as programs are developed in a joint process on the basis of a shared analysis. An agreed upon calendar of shared communication (via phone, Skype and when possible, visits) allows for regular communication on program development and the opportunity to regularly share analysis, reflect and course-correct as needed. While measuring results are key to MADRE's M&E framework, we also seek to monitor and understand the whole range of changes our work has an impact on, including shifts in gender dynamics, empowerment and changes in voice and agency of participants. Accordingly, we have developed an M&E framework that uses a combination of tools to gather and process information to answer four fundamental questions:

    1. Is the program achieving its results and succeeding in its plan?
    2. Are we achieving the changes we wanted to create?
    3. What changes do we observe in people, systems and in relationships as a result of this program?
    4. How are gender dynamics changing?

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    MADRE has worked at the intersection of social movements since our beginnings in 1983, when we brought together mothers and peace activists to put an end to the US-sponsored war in Nicaragua. MADRE recognized from the start that prioritizing local leadership is critical for ending human rights violations. Empowering community-based women remained at the core of our mission as we grew into an international organization, endowed with consultative status at the United Nations.

    Since our inception, MADRE has nurtured women leaders from more than 90 visionary grassroots groups in over 25 countries. We have delivered $34 million in humanitarian aid to families facing war, displacement, natural disasters, and poverty. Today, MADRE distinguishes itself by standing at the intersection of the movements for global peace, economic and climate justice, women's and LGBTIQ rights, and Indigenous and sexual rights.
Service Areas

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International

MADRE partners with grassroots women's groups in: Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, Haiti, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Kenya, Sudan, Nepal and the United States.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Ms. Yifat Susskind

BIO

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 TomPaine.com, Foreign Policy in Focus, AlterNet, and The W Effect: Bush's War on Women, published by the Feminist Press in 2004.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Anne Hess

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?