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Heifer International is delighted to welcome former heads of State and Government Members of the Club de Madrid as the organization holds its 2012 conference in downtown Little Rock from December 17-18. This year, the meeting focuses on solutions to gender inequity throughout the democratic world.

Club de Madrid conference 2012

Our Heifer Village will host two sessions during the two-day conference as well as the event’s inaugural luncheon on the theme of Women in the Arts and Media, with actress Geena Davis and Saudi Arabian artist Manal Al Dawanyan.

Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari is the speaker at the official conference dinner, held at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on the evening of December 17. Ferrari will build the case for investment in women smallholder farmers as the key to eradicating poverty for millions of people worldwide.

Our environmentally-friendly headquarters and learning center provides a welcoming forum for political leaders, academics and business leaders. We work in more than 40 countries alongside communities to provide long-term solutions to hunger and poverty. It is in recognition of women farmers that Heifer Intentional, specifically, commits itself to increasing the visibility of small-scale women farmers by providing both the resources and opportunities for them to achieve their potential.

Women in Peru

We understand that in order to advance the status of women globally, decision-making must be opened to women at all levels: both at the highest levels of government but also within the families and communities that are the foundations of our societies. Hunger and poverty trap women disproportionately to men, but when assistance is provided to rural women it has an outsized impact on the well-being of their families and community–truly a sound investment.

Due to the Club de Madrid gathering, Heifer Village will be closed to the general public on December 17 and 18. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She and her husband raise two daughters in a house way too small for their four pets. They spend a lot of time sweeping.