MADRE, Spanish for the word mother, is an organization created, advised, and sustained by women. By 2010, MADRE boasted a membership of over 25,000 and thus functions as a strong international political force. MADRE's slogan, “Demanding rights, resources and results for women worldwide,” supports the mission of “advancing women's human rights by meeting immediate needs and building lasting solutions for communities in crisis,” as advertised on the MADRE Website. The organization examines, in particular, U.S. foreign policy and how it affects women and children around the world.

In 1983, a group of Nicaraguan women invited some American women to witness their war-dominated lives. Nicaraguan women, ceaselessly threatened by the Contra War, sought help from the United States because the United States helped fund the Contra ...

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