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MADRE Speaks


MADRE staff and our partners, including Executive Director Yifat Susskind, speak in-person or virtually at universities, community centers, places of worship, corporate and nonprofit gatherings, podcasts, and conferences across the country and internationally. Many talks feature the leaders of our partner organizations, who are on the frontlines of today's global crises. Hear directly from the women who are creating positive change all over the world, from Colombia to Nepal.

These talks are an opportunity to learn about human rights crises in the communities where we work and women's solutions for peace and justice.

MADRE speakers have presented at Amherst College, Brown University, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, John Jay College for Criminal Justice, New York University, Rutgers University, United Nations Youth Assembly, TED Women, Working Mother Media's Multicultural Women's Summit, Nobody Told Me! podcast, The Laura Flanders show, among others.

If you would like more information and are associated with a school, company, or organization that can help support our programs by arranging for an honorarium and covering travel expenses, please submit the form below or email Cait Mackaman at

Please see the speakers' downloadable profile for more insight into their speaking topics and background. 


Yifat Susskind Headshot

MADRE Executive Director Yifat Susskind partners with women's human rights activists from Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa to create programs in their communities that meet urgent needs and create lasting change. A lifelong promoter of human rights, Yifat leads MADRE's combined strategy of community-based partnerships and international human rights advocacy.

Help women in conflict - Diana Duarte 2014 Connecting for Change Conference

Diana is the Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement at MADRE, leading the organization's policy and public education work, and designing and implementing initiatives to advance women's human rights worldwide. She directs MADRE's Feminist Policy Jumpstart initiative, partnering with grassroots women worldwide to bring their perspectives and analysis to shape progressive US policymaking.

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Highlighted Speaking Engagements

Yifat Susskind, MADRE Executive Director, "In Uncertain Times, Think like a MotherTED Women 2019, California 

Yifat Susskind, MADRE Executive Director, "Why Domestic Violence Would Increase During the Pandemic" May 2020, Nobody Told Me! 

Yifat Susskind, MADRE Executive Director, and Diana Duarte, MADRE Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement, "Resilience through Crisis" August 2020

Diana Duarte, MADRE Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement, "Biden, Foreign Policy, and the Role of Feminists: A conversation with 5 Leading Feminists" November 2020

Akhila Kolisetty, MADRE Policy and Campaigns Manager, "Feminist Green New Deal" December 2020

Cindy Kobei, Chair of the Ogiek Youth Council in Kenya and MADRE partner, "The Right to Existence" Agora Radio 2021

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