For Immediate Release

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Stephanie Küng, MADRE (212) 627-0444,

MADRE Demands a Women's Human Rights Agenda for the G8

WASHINGTON - This weekend, the leaders of the world’s eight largest economies will meet, hosted by US President Obama. MADRE asserts that their decisions will affect all of us, no matter where we live. In preparation for the G8 summit, MADRE has drafted a women’s human rights agenda, demanding an end to policies that benefit the richest at the expense of women, the poor, our health and our environment.

This year’s G8 summit comes at a time of economic collapse and unprecedented worldwide protest. According to MADRE's agenda, the current crisis demands recognition of the ways that G8 policies exacerbate inequality, exploit women’s labor, and perpetuate discrimination and violence against women. It also demands the kinds of solutions put forward in MADRE’s agenda.

This agenda also addresses global issues such as poverty and economic justice, food sovereignty, health, peace and the environment.

In addition, the agenda presents policies proposed by MADRE and its partner organizations worldwide, including recognizing women’s work, investing in sustainable agriculture, protecting the right to health and confronting violence against women.

To read MADRE’s agenda in full, click here.

To sign a petition calling on G8 leaders to endorse a women's human rights agenda for the G8, click here.

Available for interview:

Diana Duarte (MADRE) is the Communications Director of MADRE, an international women's human rights organization.


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MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization that partners with community-based women’s groups to advance women’s human rights, challenge injustice and create social change in contexts of war, conflict, disaster and their aftermath. MADRE advocates for a world in which all people enjoy individual and collective human rights; natural resources are shared equitably and sustainably; women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and all people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives. For more information about MADRE, visit

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