Yifat Susskind

Yifat Susskind is the Executive Director of MADRE, an international women's human rights organization. She has worked with women’s human rights activists from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa to create programs in their communities to address women's health, violence against women, economic and environmental justice and peace building. She has also written extensively on US foreign policy and women’s human rights and her critical analysis has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus and elsewehere.

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A displaced Iraqi woman queues at a camp for people fleeing violence, west of the Kurdish region's capital, Arbil. (Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:15pm
Under Isis, Iraqi Women Again Face an Old Nightmare: Violence and Repression
In a PBS NewsHour video report in June , Isis extremist militants parade through Mosul, Iraq , one of the first cities to fall to their onslaught in early June. The armed men are hanging off the back of trucks, as the crowd films them. One fighter leans out a car window, wagging his finger. The...
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Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 3:45pm
How Not to End the War in Syria
As the war engulfing Syria worsens, the Obama Administration must prioritize the needs of civilians and resist the growing pressure for military intervention. Diplomacy and increased humanitarian aid are what’s needed now to alleviate suffering and build peace.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:41am
A Decade of Occupation for Iraqi Women
A decade after the US invasion of Iraq, only one of the straw-man arguments for going to war remains standing: “We did it for democracy and women’s rights."
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Friday, December 28, 2012 - 4:24pm
3 Steps to Build Resilience Through Your Giving
You are a person who cares. You see injustice and people suffering, all over the world, and you know it’s not right. You go looking for some way to fix it, but you know you can’t do it alone. So you find an organization tackling the problems that matter to you. If you can, you give a donation to support their work. But how can you tell that you’ve made a lasting difference?
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 2:17pm
From Haiti with Love: Words of Support Through the Storm
Here in New York City, we have weathered an overwhelming storm. Throughout the region, streets and homes lie in ruin. Many of us are without electricity and water. The infrastructu re we took for granted is gone, and it is hard to make life feel normal. We worry for our neighbors and loved ones.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 11:15am
'Muslim Rage': So Much Easier Than Thinking
I know you’re not stupid, but the mainstream media seems to think you are.
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Monday, May 21, 2012 - 2:24pm
Don’t Put Monsanto in Charge of Ending Hunger in Africa
This past weekend, President Obama hid out from protesters at Camp David. He was hosting the leaders of the world’s eight wealthiest economies, known as the G8. As they readied to meet, on Friday, Obama put forward his New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 11:12am
Once Again, It’s Not Just Abortion: The Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Global Gag Rule
You've undoubtedly heard about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's disastrous decision to cut off nearly $700,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood last week . Disastrous for them, that is.
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Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:52pm
Justice Delayed But Not Denied for Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala
“Everything changed when the soldiers arrived,” said Rosa, an Indigenous Ixil woman living in the Quiché region of Guatemala. “They burned our homes, raped the women and killed many of my friends and neighbors.”
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 3:40pm
2011’s Big Wins – Brought to You by Women
2011 was a year of transformations.
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