Yifat Susskind

Executive Director,
MADRE

Yifat Susskind is the executive director of MADRE, an international women’s rights organization that works to make human rights a reality for all people. For more than 20 years, she has partnered with women’s human rights activists from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa to create programs in their communities that combine grassroots partnerships and international advocacy to meet urgent needs and create lasting solutions.

Susskind has led successful initiatives to secure women’s rights, both in policy and in practice. Under her leadership, MADRE sustains women’s shelters in war-zones while countering policies that lead to war, and runs projects that bring clean water to drought-afflicted communities while demanding a space for women’s voices in climate policy.

She authored the MADRE report “Promising Democracy, Imposing Theocracy: Gender-Based Violence and the US War on Iraq,” which remains widely circulated and cited. Her critical analysis has appeared in online and print publications such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. Susskind has been featured as a commentator on CNN, National Public Radio, and BBC Radio.

She is an eloquent, powerful advocate of women’s resilience and solutions as vital to confront our world’s many crises.