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Mothers will do anything to secure the health and safety of their children. Extending this thinking beyond your family circle is a powerful, love-based way to address the world’s most serious problems and foster positive change. Women’s rights activist Yifat Susskind explains how thinking like a mother enables her to work in refugee camps or on the front lines of a war-torn country while maintaining a positive outlook for tomorrow. Mothers around the world want a better life not only for their children but for all children.


Thinking like a mother gives you the strength to face the world’s most serious problems.

Yifat Susskind was walking in New York City on a beautiful September morning, carrying her infant son in a front-facing baby pack, when she rounded a corner to see the that World Trade Center had been attacked. Instinctively, she turned her baby around, so he couldn’t see the carnage taking place. Like so many people, Susskind thinks of September 11, 2001, as the day she began to view the world as an unsafe place. Since then, news of the climate crisis, war outbreaks, economic disasters and unbreachable political divides bombards people in an unrelenting stream. Susskind has found that the only way to stay sane and grounded amid the onslaught is to think like a mother.

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About the Speaker

Yifat Susskind is a women’s rights activist and the executive director of MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization.

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