Madre Mar is a self-led group of mothers from Lobitos, a small-scale fishing village isolated along Peru's bone-dry northern coast. Focused on dignity and gender justice, Madre Mar advocates for the rights of women, with an emphasis on safe water access, improved sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in a changing climate and industrializing planet. Through water sports, audiovisual communication tools, and wellness workshops, Madre Mar aims to build women and girls' inner and outer strengths, identify needs and co-create potential solutions to social and ecological challenges through multilateral partnerships.
Beyond the economic opportunities that water and sanitation services provide women, WASH is a critical entry point to build government capacity to meet the needs of women and girls. Madre Mar seeks to mobilize mothers from other isolated fishing communities along Peru's Humboldt Current for actionable change and policy advoacy.