That's why MADRE created an initiative to bring global women’s voices and solutions to progressive policymaking in the US: the Feminist Policy Jumpstart.
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.
Leveraging our 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.
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 February 2020, MADRE, Women Cross DMZ, and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance convened a group of 23 women and gender nonconforming people from across the US to engage in a cross-movement dialogue on our collective work against militarism and war in order to examine, challenge, and reimagine US foreign policy. This statement represents the beginning of a larger conversation to redefine our sense of “national security” using the framework of a feminist foreign policy for peace and justice.
A Global COVID-19 Response
As the COVID-19 pandemic triggered an unprecedented public health crisis and economic breakdown worldwide, the US Congress proposed and passed several pieces of legislation to address the crisis. The following analyses spotlight how COVID-19-related legislation and economic relief packages can advance an approach rooted in care and global justice:
- Robust International Response to the Pandemic Act (H.R. 6581)
- COVID-19 International Response and Recovery Act (“CIRRA”) (S. 3669)
- COVID-19 Stimulus Packages
- 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 July 2020, MADRE brought together Indigenous women leaders from the United States, Nepal and Tanzania — Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-1), Janene Yazzie of Sixth World Solutions, Yasso Bhattachan of National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF), Nepal, and Martha Ntoipo of the Pastoralist Information Development Organization (PIDO), Tanzania. The event focused on Indigenous women’s transformative and intersectional visions that must be at the center of a just recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The war in Yemen, fueled by US military support for the Saudi-led coalition, has unleashed a humanitarian disaster. Women and girls—who have been disproportionately impacted by the conflict—hold vital solutions and must play a meaningful role in the peacebuilding process.
To push for solutions to this crisis, we brought our partner Muna Luqman—the Founder of Food4Humanity in Yemen—to speak with policymakers in Washington, DC about a just and feminist US policy towards Yemen.
As we faced an intersection of crises — the global pandemic, climate breakdown, and an economic crisis — MADRE joined the Women’s March and the Feminist Green New Deal coalition on a webinar in April 2020 for a conversation about our vision and organizing towards a just recovery through feminist, care-centered, regenerative solutions and transformation.