About Yifat Susskind

Yifat Susskind is Executive Director of MADRE, working with women’s human rights activists from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. She has written on US foreign policy and women’s human rights for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, and The W Effect: Bush’s War on Women (Feminist Press). Follow her on twitter @yifats.

Articles by Yifat Susskind

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Shelters without walls: women building protective infrastructures against rape

Women from Colombia, Syria, Nicaragua and Iraq are implementing multi-layered prevention strategies in their communities against rape being used as a weapon of war, offering immediate protection and countering stigma.

Salaam and Paz: the word for Peace is Women

Situated far from sites of official peace negotiations, women’s activism, caretaking and community-building is often relegated to the category of service provision, but sustainable peace depends upon it. 

The stories we tell about ISIS and women

Political and popular discussions about strategies to confront ISIS are doing women in Iraq and Syria a disservice, and playing into the hands of ISIS.

Breaking the gridlock of climate change negotiations: learning from allies

An empowered civil society is itself an enforcement mechanism of human rights, transforming the human rights system from a legalistic framework into a powerful tool for social change. The climate justice movement is well placed to make use of this tool, and women are well positioned to lead.

What we owe Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls

People worldwide are calling for action to bring back the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria. But concern for the girls demands that we think carefully about the harmful consequences of proposed solutions – especially those calling for US military intervention.

Women in post-earthquake Haiti: moving beyond survival

Haitian women who are living and organising in the displacement camps, together with international partners, have produced an essential blueprint for addressing rape. If adopted by the Haitian Parliament as revisions to the Haitian legal code, this would be a major advancement in legislation addressing gender-based violence and discrimination, says Yifat Susskind.

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