Marilee Karl

Co-founder

Isis – International, ItalyMarilee Karl

Marilee Karl has devoted her life to the causes of social justice, civil and human rights, equitable development and women’s empowerment. She co-founded Isis International in 1974, an organization linking women from South to North and from East to West. Through networking, communication, and capacity building activities for over 30 years, Isis has supported and inspired tens of thousands of activist women and groups around the world, whose work ranges from grassroots empowerment and community action, to conflict resolution and women’s rights advocacy at the international level. Marilee led Isis International, as part of a team, until 1994. After two decades, she passed the leadership on to younger women from the South. As a honorary chairperson, Marilee continues to play an active role in Isis International, Manila, as well as in other women’s rights, feminist, and development networks and organizations.
Marilee is also the author of Women and Empowerment: Participation and Decision Making.

Because of her involvement in many different movements for social change — civil and human rights, indigenous rights, social justice, equitable development and women’s empowerment — Marilee Karl met many women around the world who were part of the growing international women’s movement, and co-founded Isis International to help women around the world share ideas and resources to help accelerate global change. Marilee Karl was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize project.