MADRE Statements

Women Leading the G8 Agenda

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Keywords: Economic Justice, G8

Today and tomorrow, this year’s G8 summit will be held in France. The G8 (Group of 8) country participants represent the world’s wealthiest economies. As these world leaders meet to discuss the issues on their agenda, MADRE asserts once again that women’s human rights worldwide must be a guiding principle of economic planning.

Ensuring women’s participation in policymaking is integral to achieving any significant strides on the issues which this year’s G8 is poised to address. These issues include global health, food security and the situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East and North Africa, among others. Through MADRE’s work, we have seen again and again that women hold effective solutions to the most pressing challenges of our day.

On Global Health: Women are often their families’ principal caretakers, responsible for children and adult family members when they fall ill and for ensuring the health and well-being of their communities. Only with women’s knowledge and input can the G8 bring about any significant improvements in the health of families and communities worldwide.

MADRE supports:

On Food Security: Women farmers, who grow the bulk of their community’s food in many rural areas, know intimately what must be done to ensure their community’s access to food. We have seen that giving women the tools and resources they need to engage in sustainable agriculture helps to guarantee the right to food for their communities. The G8 must include these women among its crucial stakeholders.

MADRE supports:


On Revolution in the Middle East: Finally, as leaders in the revolution that have swept across the Middle East, women demand that their calls for human rights be answered. Too often we have seen women fight for social change, and then be blocked from policymaking discussions that decide the future of their countries. But women demand to participate in the creation of new democracies in the Middle East, and the G8 must listen to their perspectives.

 MADRE supports:


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