That's why this initiative, the Feminist Policy Jumpstart, brings global women’s voices and solutions to progressive policymaking in the US.
We want US policymakers to champion gender justice and human rights across domestic and foreign affairs. We want to build avenues for activists and organizations, locally and globally, to engage with progressive political leaders. We want to make sure global grassroots communities all around the world have spaces to shape the US policies that impact their lives, and that US policies reflect the lived experience and expertise of grassroots feminist leaders.
Leveraging our more than 35 years of working with women in more than 50 countries, the Jumpstart advances a feminist policy agenda developed in partnership with grassroots women worldwide. We create the space for progressive policymakers to hear directly from women whose communities are impacted by US policies and who offer solutions to some of the most urgent crises of our time. We know that when we listen to women and girls at the grassroots, we can create policies that are better for everyone.
- offering a global gender justice perspective on climate policy, including the Green New Deal;
- advancing the voices of women peacebuilders on the frontlines of war to bring lasting peace and stability;
- and advancing feminist economic justice policies rooted in an ethic of care.
- We advance a policy agenda deeply rooted in feminist values
- We build ties between progressive foreign and domestic policy
- We generate increased attention in the media and public discourse on gender justice and progressive policy
- We strengthen progressive movements and policy protections for women and families worldwide
In Yemen, the COVID-19 pandemic now adds another layer of devastation for communities affected by war, hunger, and poverty. As frontline responders and drivers of long-term peace, women should be at the heart of efforts to advance a sustainable peace in Yemen. Here are our policy recommendations for peacebuilding as a key response to the pandemic in Yemen.
In March 2021, the Feminist Green New Deal coalition launched a policy guide for policymakers and movement advocates to identify, assess, and build intersectional feminist policies for climate justice at all levels. This resource, published in English and Spanish, provides an intersectional gender lens into climate policy, along with concrete tools, resources, and recommendations.
In March 2021, in honor of Women’s History Month, MADRE published our vision of transformative US foreign policy that centers grassroots liberation and intersectional feminism. Our vision for feminist foreign policy demands an understanding of the centrality of gender justice, human rights and a dismantling of toxic norms of masculinity in every realm of foreign policy, from diplomacy and trade to defense and foreign aid.
Grassroots Feminist Visions: A Way Forward from the War on Terror
In September 2021, we supported the Feminist Peace Initiative in hosting an event titled “Grassroots Feminist Visions: A Way Forward from the War on Terror,” featuring inputs from feminist activists in communities directly impacted by more than two decades of harmful US policies. This event helped establish new conversations with domestic organizations interested in our anti-militarist, internationalist lens and was broadcast in English, Spanish, Arabic and Korean simultaneously.
Advancing Climate Justice in US Policy
In July 2021, we co-hosted with the Feminist Green New Deal coalition a Congressional briefing with Members of Congress and key policy staff to offer an intersectional feminist analysis of current climate legislation and policy proposals, drawing from the coalition’s recently published policy screening guide: Building Feminist Policies for Climate Justice. A recording of the briefing is available in English and in Spanish.
In September 2021, following US withdrawal from Afghanistan, MADRE worked with Afghan women grassroots leaders to identify a transformative US policy for Afghanistan rooted in principles of grassroots feminism and the lived experience and expertise of Afghan women. This op-ed advocates for a feminist foreign policy for Afghanistan rooted in accountabiity and reparations.