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Stopping Violence Against Women

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Gender violence, including physical and sexual abuse, is widely used to intimidate, oppress, silence and subjugate girls, women, disabled and LGBTIQ people across the globe. It devastates those who are targeted and destroys the social fabric of families, communities and societies.

In short, gender violence is one of the most significant barriers to women, girls and LGBTIQ people accessing their human rights.

Together with our partners, we help people to heal from gender violence and become powerful advocates to end it. We build clinics and counseling centers. We equip women with tools to prevent abuse in war and disaster. And every day, we affirm that gender violence doesn’t have to be a fact of life.

How We Work

Grantmaking

We invest in the experience and leadership of women, girls and LGBTIQ people. We fund work that provides immediate protection and care and that shifts mindsets around gender violence.

Grantmaking

We invest in the experience and leadership of women, girls and LGBTIQ people. We fund work that provides immediate protection and care and that shifts mindsets around gender violence.

Grantmaking

We invest in the experience and leadership of women, girls and LGBTIQ people. We fund work that provides immediate protection and care and that shifts mindsets around gender violence.

How do we know when we’ve succeeded?

  • Our partners’ work has transformed harmful social norms, attitudes and cultural practices.
  • Our partners have access to policy spaces from the local to global levels and leverage with decision-makers to change policies.
  • There is increased recognition of women’s solutions to end gender violence and understanding that gender violence can be prevented.
  • Violence, stigma and discrimination are reduced.

Highlights of Our Work

Nicaragua: Changing Attitudes of Men and Boys

Wangki Tangni, an Indigenous women’s organization, holds workshops for men and boys to discuss strategies to end gender violence and to change behaviors and negative attitudes towards women and girls. One participant shared, “I’m here to learn and to help resolve the situation in the community. We don’t want any more violence, and we want to overcome this hand in hand with the women.”

Iraq: Mobilizing Communities against Sexual Violence

In communities rebuilding from war and ISIS occupation, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq confronts sexual violence head-on. They reach out to survivors and their families with aid and counseling, seek to change laws that discriminate against women and LGBTIQ people, offer safe passage to people under threat, and operate an underground network of shelters.

Your Support in Action

Indigenous Women Survivors See New Possibilities for the Future

Wangki Tangni, an Indigenous women’s organization, holds workshops for men and boys to discuss strategies to end gender violence and to change behaviors and negative attitudes towards women and girls. One participant shared, “I’m here to learn and to help resolve the situation in the community. We don’t want any more violence, and we want to overcome this hand in hand with the women.”

Explore Our Projects on Ending Gender Violence

Women’s Weaving Collective: Guatemala

Freedom for All: Haiti

Protecting Children of War: Colombia

How You Can Help

Project

Care in Crisis for Women and Girls:Syria

Syrian women and girls are suffering widespread rape and forced marriages. They face the mass displacement, starvation and armed attacks threatening millions. In partnership with grassroots Syrian women’s groups, MADRE is delivering urgent aid. And we are training women to document, denounce and eventually prosecute rape as a weapon of war.

Region: 
Middle East / Syria
Project

Protecting Children of War:Colombia

Our work in Colombia, with our sister organization called Taller de Vida, offers a new life to former child soldiers. We provide trauma counseling, art therapy and more. We also provide trainings that empower grassroots women to advocate for their rights.

Region: 
Latin America and Carribean / Colombia
 
Project

Care in Crisis for Women and Girls:Syria

Syrian women and girls are suffering widespread rape and forced marriages. They face the mass displacement, starvation and armed attacks threatening millions. In partnership with grassroots Syrian women’s groups, MADRE is delivering urgent aid. And we are training women to document, denounce and eventually prosecute rape as a weapon of war.

Region: 
Middle East / Syria