MADRE Champions

MADRE Champions are celebrities and influencers who are passionate about social justice issues and highlight our work to uplift the leadership of visionary women and girls, Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant communities, LGBTQI+ people, and people with disabilities.

Joy Harjo


Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned poet, performer, and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. Harjo is the author of ten books of poetry, several plays, children’s books, and two memoirs; she has also produced seven award-winning music albums and edited several anthologies. Her many honors include Yale’s 2023 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ruth Lily Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Harjo has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Native American Hall of Fame, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and serves as the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she lives.

Melinna Bobadilla

Actress & Activist

Melinna Bobadilla is a Xicana actor, born and raised in Los Angeles, who is focused on moving beyond the currently limited paradigms of Latinx “representation” in media. She is a quintessentially hyphenated creative who, in addition to being an actor, is also an educator, activist, voice-over artist, special correspondent/guest host for Futuro Media’s Latino Rebels, cultural critic, and public speaker committed to engaging and growing an anti-racist praxis. Most recently, Melinna wrapped a recurring role as the fierce non-profit attorney “Melinna Barragan” on the second season of the hit Netflix series Gentefied. She is best known for her work as “Santos Chaj” in the final season of Netflix’s hit series Orange is The New Black and as Gloria on the critically acclaimed Apple TV+ original series Little America.



Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, The New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women, and The New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several forthcoming books and is also at work on television and film projects. She also has a newsletter, The Audacity.

Synclaire Warren


Headshot of MADRE Champion Synclaire Warren

Synclaire Alexandria Warren is a signed model, writer, doula and UN Keynote Speaker. Her humanitarian work influences all of her writings as she is dedicated to breaking down barriers and championing gender inclusivity, shame dissipation, and policy reform. Synclaire has spearheaded two impactful initiatives: “The Locker,” consisting of a network of lockers offering free menstrual care products, reproductive guidebooks, and empowering affirmations, and “Point Blank Period,” a groundbreaking menstrual equity-focused curriculum designed to eradicate stigma and ensure universal access.

Throughout her career, Synclaire has collaborated with esteemed organizations such as UNICEF USA,, Intersectional Environmentalist, New York City Food Bank and more, demonstrating her commitment to driving positive change on a global scale. Synclaire’s unwavering commitment extends to disrupting rape culture through storytelling, sparking crucial conversations, and advocating for lasting cultural change.

TK Wonder & Cipriana

The Quann Sisters

Identical twin sisters, writers, artists, and models TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann, also known as the Quann Sisters, are often celebrated for their keen sense of style, admired for their advocacy for diversity/inclusivity in the fashion industry, and renowned for their stance on social issues. Through their advocacy work and personal essays, they’ve shared their experiences with discrimination and how they overcame bullying.

Recently, they co-founded the online platform arRested Voices Lifted (AVL), a community and safe space designed to amplify the voices of the unheard who are adversely affected by discrimination, abuse, and systemic racism while providing ways of support through education, healing, and storytelling.

Yasmina Benslimane


Headshot of MADRE Champion Yasmina Benslimane

Yasmina Benslimane is an award-winning feminist activist, consultant, and women’s empowerment coach known for her dedication to advancing gender equality and promoting women’s rights. She is the founder of Politics4Her, an organization focused on advocating for increased political participation and representation for young women and girls. Her expertise as a speaker has been sought by international bodies including the United Nations, UN Global Compact, Population Council, UNHCR, IOM, UNDP, UNODC, the African Union, Girl Up, Sciences Po Paris, and GNWP.

Acknowledged for her accomplishments, Benslimane has received honors such as the Forbes 30 Under 30, the Emerging Leader Award, UN Women Peace-builder in the Arab States, and Women Deliver Young Leader. She serves as a mentor and advisor to emerging entrepreneurs and changemakers, reflecting her commitment to fostering a more just and equitable global society.


They use their platforms to bring increased visibility to our efforts to address our partners’ most urgent needs and forge opportunities for women and girls to assert their agency and create lasting social change. ­­

Becoming a MADRE Champion is an opportunity to raise awareness about our longstanding commitment as a global women’s human rights organization and feminist fund to end gender violence and help survivors heal; advance climate justice and amplify our partners’ vital interventions and strategies to confront climate breakdown; and build a just peace while uplifting the work of women and girls to avert, resolve, and build back from war and conflict.

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