Spotlight: Yifat Susskind

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Yifat Susskind has worked at MADRE for 21 years, eight years as Executive Director. Leading MADRE, Yifat partners with women on the frontlines of the wars and natural disasters we hear about all around the world. MADRE’s accomplishments are incredibly wide-ranging, including shelters for Iraqi and Syrian women fleeing sexual violence, reproductive care in Nicaragua, and clean water programs in Kenya. MADRE’s work is so diverse because they focus on listening to the communities they serve and working together to meet their needs.


Under Yifat’s leadership, MADRE’s work has grown enormously. Her simultaneous focus on meeting the immediate needs of communities experiencing war or disaster combined with advocacy and creating long-term policy change demonstrate a holistic approach to creating lasting social change for women.


In addition to her work at MADRE, Yifat is also an accomplished political journalist and activist. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Washington Post, NPR, and more. Yifat is a very skilled storyteller; whatever the context, her passion and her knowledge shine through in enormous measure. In her own words: “When women around the world are in crisis, we step up.”


Yifat is a visionary. She is a Jewish woman social entrepreneur – a woman who uses her Jewish values and a gender lens to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. If you would like to meet Yifat in person, please join us at Women on the Margins on December 5th from 10am-12pm at our office, 130 East 59th Street. All are welcome; there is no charge to attend; please rsvp to to reserve a spot.

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