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Increasingly diverse, virtual and global-minded, AWID has staff working out of 19 different countries!
Hakima is an African feminist who has been active in social movements for two decades. Trained in international affairs, her work as a policy analyst, popular educator, advocate and strategist has focused on strengthening and supporting movements for transformation.
Hakima is author and co-editor of various articles and publications, including Africa’s Long Road to Rights; From Roots to Branches: the African Diaspora in the Union Government; Aid and Reparations: Power in Development Discourse; Queer African Reader; People-led Transformation: African futures; and the Pan-Africanism and Feminism issues of Feminist Africa.
She was on the editorial collective of The Feminist Wire and is a member of the Jang! collective that provides popular education tools, platforms and accompaniment to activists working for radical transformation.
She has served as a board member to Greenpeace Africa, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Eastern Africa, the African Sex Workers Alliance and the Center for Citizen Participation in the African Union, and in advisory roles to several donor initiatives including UHAI – the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, the Heartland Alliance and The Other Foundation.
Stephanie Bracken is a feminist from Canada who holds a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney and a BA in Women's Studies, History, and Philosophy from McGill University. In the past she has worked with Gender at Work, the African Women's Millennium Initiative, and the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, and is constantly thinking about how social (in)justice impacts our lives in a million huge and tiny ways.
Human Resources Manager
Nuwan has over 10 years of international experience in Human Resources Management and Organization Development in the non-profit sector. He holds a M.Sc. in International Management and a Bachelors Degree in International Business Management. Nuwan is a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Mindy graduated with an HBA degree in Women and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, completed a Human Resources Management Certificate from Ryerson University, and obtained a Certified Human Resources Professional Designation from HRPA (Ontario). She loves to travel.
Ritu has worked as an IT professional in non-profit for over twenty years and loves her work to help non-profit organisations achieve their goals efficiently by using technology. Prior to working with AWID, she supported technological work in health promotion and environment sectors.
Having completed Masters in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; she has handled a unique blend of projects in implementing IT infrastructure which includes web and software development, server and databases administration, technology evaluation and capacity building.
Karen has built a career supporting the accounting and project work of financial service and not-for -profit organizations both in Canada and in her home country of Jamaica. Her drive to contribute to organizations that support a meaningful cause have led Karen to roles at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association Co-operative Credit Union as Finance Manager, the YWCA Toronto as Business Administrator for the REACH and LINC programs, YWCA Canada as Finance Coordinator/Manager and most recently to Peace Ranch (now part of Supportive Housing in the Province) as Bookkeeper/Consultant closing their books in preparation for merger.
She holds degrees in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies and Florida International University and recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Project management from Humber College, Canada. She continues to pursue the Certified Professional Accountant designation at the professional level. Her experience working with nonprofits in Canada spans over ten years.
Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
Elisabetta (M.A. in International Studies and Credentialed Evaluator of the Canadian Evaluation Society) is a multilingual consultant and gender specialist with over ten years of professional M&E experience.
Her M&E work has focused on assessing the effectiveness of development interventions that have used capacity development and advocacy as the main strategies to promote the human rights of the most vulnerable social groups, including women who live with HIV, women and girls survivors of violence, women informal workers, persons with disabilities, and children. She has supported and led M&E assignments for a broad range of organizations, including UN agencies, multilateral development banks, INGOs, and governments.
Elisabetta has extensive work experience in South and Southeast Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. She is well versed in mixed methods research design, qualitative sampling, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and participatory techniques in evaluation. She has applied knowledge of results-based management and theory of change principles, and of human rights-based and gender equality approaches to evaluation.
Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Coordinator Lead
Isabel is a feminist from the United Kingdom, currently based in London. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before AWID, Isabel worked with Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), which was the start of a journey towards her current specialism in feminist responses to fascisms and fundamentalisms. In 2019 she was appointed to the WLUML Council.
She is passionate about knowledge-building, communications, and the use of creative expression to disrupt systems of oppression.
Building Feminist Economies Lead
Felogene is a passionate feminist activist with experience in advancing gender and economic justice through grassroots and online activism, research and capacity strengthening of young feminist led organising. Her roots in feminist movement building were planted at the University of Nairobi where she served as the Women Students’ Chairperson across 7 campuses. Felogene is currently working for the Association of Women’s Rights and Development (AWID) as the Building Feminist Economies (BFE) Coordinator. She was formerly Manager of the Young Feminist Activism Program at AWID. Prior to joining AWID, she worked with Women in Law and Development in Africa – Kenya Chapter (WiLDAF-K) and the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).
Felogene has authored “Feminist Leadership and Development Curriculum for Adolescent Girls” and her written contributions have appeared in Open Democracy 50:50, Business and Human Rights Journal and Development – Society for International Development (SID) flagship journal. She serves on the Boards of Moving The Goalposts (MTG) and Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF). Felogene is fluent in Swahili and English and is passionate about using her creativity, politics and intellect to strengthen feminist movements to build collective power. During her free time, Felogene loves to explore the world with and through the lens of her 5-year old daughter.
Resourcing Feminist Movements Coordinator
Tenzin Dolker works at AWID as the Resourcing Feminist Movement Coordinator. Tenzin is currently based in Pristina, Kosovo, where she has previously consulted as a Program Support/Development Officer at the UN Agency for Migration. She assisted in the designing, monitoring and implementation of projects on returns and reintegration, migration management, social inclusion, and preventing violent extremism.
Tenzin also worked as a human rights and governance analyst at the Ford Foundation based in New York, where she helped manage a $54M grant-making program for the internationalization of the human rights movement. Tenzin graduated with a master’s degree in East Asian History at Columbia University in New York; and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs, and minors in Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology from Lake Forest College. Tenzin also worked at Machik, a grassroots NGO supporting social innovation and quality education for girls, and rural and nomadic children in Tibet.
Kamee arrives in the world today as a queer and feminist diasporic-Armenian mother, interdisciplinary creative, scholar, producer, and facilitator. They hold a BFA/BA in film and political science (Concordia University), an MA in art therapy (European Graduate Institute), and soon to be PhD in community, liberation, indigenous and eco psychologies (Pacifica Graduate Institute).
Kamee's work is steeped in relational, generative, visionary and liberatory practices oriented towards ancestral reclamation, diasporic futurism, and radical imaginaries. They have published, organized, and presented their work internationally through Saboteur Productions and Kalik Arts, and continues to do so both independently and inside collaborative frameworks.
Manager, Advancing Universal Rights and Justice
Anissa is a French-Tunisian feminist. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Translation and Interpretation and a Master’s Degree of Political Sciences from Sciences Po Lille. She started her professional life in Cairo in January 2011 and has for the past ten years worked on and lived in different countries of the South West Asia and North Africa region. She previously worked for international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations such as IDEA, Unicef and more recently FIDH, where she worked as a human rights researcher and advocate from 2017 until 2021. Anissa is passionate about women struggles, anti-racist movements and decolonial studies.
Manager, Resourcing Feminist Movements
Gopika is an Indian feminist activist & campaigner, with over 11 years in the field of gender justice and human rights. Her experience is rooted in working with womxn & diverse young people on issues including access to justice, sexual & gender-based violence, gender & sexuality, and labour rights. In her most recent role, she worked with the global Enough Campaign to end gender-based violence; supporting regional & national campaigns across Asia. Prior to this, she led various women's rights campaigns at Amnesty International India. Gopika has been an advisor for FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund since 2015, and served on the panel of the Global Resilience Fund (a rapid response fund set up for young womxn & girls responding to COVID-19).She is passionate about the intersection of feminist activism & creative practice, and was an editor and Equitable Practices Lead for the 'Bystander Anthology' by South Asian graphic story-telling group Kadak Collective.
Information, Communication and Media Coordinator
Tanya is a social justice activist adopting a decolonial perspective on LGBTQIA+ rights as African Union Youth Charter Hustler for Mauritius. As Fellow at OutRight Action International, she advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights at the United Nations and harnesses the international law system to protect LGBTQIA+ people from religiously-motivated violence. Through the #Reform53 campaign, she lobbies against discriminatory laws on behalf of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network under the Royal Commonwealth Society. She leverages the power of traditional and social media to amplify the voices of LGBTQIA+ people to ensure their inclusion in negotiation, planning and decision-making processes.
Membership and Constituency Engagement Manager
Joanne is an African feminist who is passionate about dismantling gender inequalities on the African continent. She has an LLB from Moi University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Policy Administration at Strathmore University. Joanne is the founder of Double X Agenda-an online platform and a conversation starter on all matters women. In 2018, she led a campaign dubbed #MyBlackIsBeautiful which shed light on colourism on the African continent. Prior to joining AWID, Joanne led the Communications and Membership pillar at Amnesty International Kenya. She is a regular print columnist and TV commentator on gender issues. Through the project #Better4Kenya, Joanne works with a diverse collective of high profile Kenyan influencers with multiple NGOs around the notion that gender equality is not just a women's issue-it is better for everyone. She serves on the board of Freely in hope-an NGO based in Kenya and Zambia that seeks to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending sexual violence. She is a book junkie with a penchant for fiction.
Cindy is a US-based feminist with a passion for exploring how organizations can better embody feminist values and practice to build stronger movements. She has worked as a facilitator, researcher and strategist on diverse women’s rights and justice issues.
She joined AWID in 2007 as the Manager for the Where is the Money for Women’s Rights? Program, and has co-authored numerous AWID reports on funding trends impacting women’s rights organizing. In 2009 she became AWID’s Director of Operations & Programs and between 2014-2016 has been the Director of Organizational Learning and Strengthening.
Prior to joining AWID, Cindy was one of the founding members of Just Associates, where she worked on a range of advocacy capacity and movement-building initiatives, drawing on methodologies of popular education and deep power analysis as the starting point for change strategies. Cindy has an M.A. in Human and Organizational Development, specializing in the study of change and learning processes in organizations.
Director of Finance, Operations and Development
With over 20 years of finance, strategy, operations and development experience, Faye joined AWID as Director of Strategic Operations and Development in April 2019. She is responsible for strategic oversight to the operations function, specifically ensuring that AWID upholds the feminist principles and values in its operations.
Faye previously held a Head of Finance and Operations at Paediatric Adolescent Treatment for Africa and Just Associates Inc. in Southern Africa. She also held Directorship roles for International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) in Central and Southern Africa.
Faye is a board member for ICDL in South Africa, ICDL in Central and Southern Africa, World Links Trust as well as Urgent Africa Fund. She has also held advisory roles to different donor initiatives.
She holds a Bcompt in Accounting Science from University of South Africa and is a member of the Southern African Institute for Business Accountants.
Marianne Mesfin Asfaw
Logistics and Administrative Coordinator
Marianne is an African feminist who is dedicated to social justice and community development.
She has a BA in Gender Studies and International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in Gender Studies and Law from SOAS University of London. She has worked and volunteered at various non-profit and non-governmental organizations, including Plan International and UN Women, in administrative support and resource mobilization roles.
Marianne also has experience working in academic administration and student services with a particular focus on international student development. She is from Ethiopia but was raised in Rwanda and calls both places home. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
IT Support Coordinator
Juhi holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, and completed a post graduate in Wireless Telecommunications and Project Management from Humber College. She has experience working in multiple industries as an IT Technician from Finance to School Board. Juhi loves listening to music, exploring new places and foods, and adventure sports.
Lucy holds a BComm degree in Finance, completed an accounting diploma from Centennial College. She has been working for different industries and volunteered in non-profit sector. She loves music and travel.
Resource Mobilization Manager
Priscilla has over 15 years of resource mobilization and project management experience and has fundraised for a wide range of medium-sized charities, and supported field-based technical teams to produce compelling proposals and reports for funders. Currently based in London, she has worked with women’s rights, youth, development and conservation organizations that support marginalized communities in the UK and globally.
Priscilla has an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and in her spare time, sings with a community choir.
Director of Programs
Inna is a feminist activist and sociologist, based in Berlin, Germany, raised in Haifa, Palestine/Israel, and born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the past 20 years she took part in LGBTQI and feminist struggles, political education and organizing by and for migrant women, and Palestine liberation and solidarity.
She earned a doctoral degree from the Humboldt University of Berlin, with a dissertation on economic citizenship, feminism and neoliberalism, and taught courses on globalization, knowledge production, identity and belonging. Inna holds MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a Board Member of the Jewish Voice for a Just Peace (Germany). Previously Inna worked as a fundraiser in the Coalition of Women for Peace and she is passionate about mobilizing resources for grassroots activism.
Online Production and Logistics Coordinator
Camila is a Brazilian communications specialist and passionate feminist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communications, majoring in Marketing and Publicity, from IESP in Brazil.
Camila is one of the co-founders of the Brazilian Network of Young Feminists and has worked in several non-profit organizations. She advocated for women’s rights in Brazilian and Latin American feminist movements for over a decade through public policy advocacy. She has also served as the Executive Producer of various events and coordinated communications for companies in both Brazil and Canada.
Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Coordinator
Umyra is a feminist from Malaysia with a background in international human rights law. She was most recently working with IWRAW Asia Pacific in advocating for feminist responses to gender-based violence in international and regional policy spaces. She also has experience in supporting national and grassroots advocacy strategies to challenge laws and policies that further marginalises young women and marginalised groups of women in South and Southeast Asia.
Umyra is particularly interested in finding ways to mobilise against dominant narratives related to bodily autonomy and agency from a feminist and decolonial approach.
Ana Inés Abelenda
Building Feminist Economies Lead
Ana Abelenda has been working in AWID for the past five years as Economic Justice Coordinator focusing on understanding the impact of macroeconomic policies on gender equality and women’s human rights. Through advocacy at the global level, production of analysis and knowledge building from a feminist perspective, she has been focusing on tax justice, critique to growth-based development models, and unveiling the power of corporations globally and their impact for the advancement on gender equality and human rights.
Resourcing Feminist Movements - Advocacy Lead
Originally from Poland, has been supporting the work of feminist and social justice movements for the last 15 years. Before joining AWID, Kasia used to lead policy and advocacy work on women’s human rights for ActionAid and Amnesty International, and prior to that, worked and consulted for a number of feminist organisations including WIDE Network , FEMNET or KARAT Coalition.
She is passionate and knowledgeable about, among other things, gender just economies, building resilient feminist movements and resourcing for women’s rights. After a decade abroad Kasia is now back to Warsaw, where she engages with the feminist struggles for sexual and reproductive rights and supports the work of the first Polish Feminist Fund.
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Director of Communications and Tactics
Nana Darkoa is an African feminist who lives and works in Ghana. She is also a writer, and a blogger.
She co-founded the award-winning blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, has written for The Guardian and Open Democracy, and been interviewed by Mehdi Hassan on Al Jazeera's UpFront. She was a member of the Black Feminism Forum Working Group which organised the historic first Black Feminist Forum in Bahia, Brazil.
Margarita Salas Guzmán
Communications and Tactics Strategist
Margarita is a feminist and LGBT activist, and a founding member of several national and regional organizations and networks. Her passion is social transformation and collective welfare. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University as well as a Master’s Degree in Communications and Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Universidad de Costa Rica. She has also earned certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School in Management and Public Policy, and in Management, Leadership and Decision Making.
In her professional capacity, Margarita has had an extensive experience in development organizations both at national and international levels, implementing various services, among which participatory appraisals, strategic planning, training, technical counselling, assessments, development of protocols and interinstitutional policies, political advocacy strategies, communicational strategies, and project implementation. Work with such a wide array of organizations has allowed her to learn about different issues within the framework of the development agenda: social economy, information and communication technologies, migration policies, housing and right to the city, gender and environment, population with HIV, and the rights of women and LGBTIQ people, among others.
Information, Communication and Media Coordinator
Lola is a communication, international and alternative media researcher. She is a founding member of the International Feminist Art Festival – Chouftouhonna and a board member of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research. She directed various audiovisual projects, in addition to scientific research aimed at deconstructing discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Through her work, she constantly questions the roles and norms imposed on women by different patriarchal societies. And she spent the last three years elaborating communication strategies and analyzing the political participation and media representation of transgender womxn in Brazil.
Knowledge Building Tactic Lead
Daniela is a feminist activist originally from Argentina. Since 2000, she has been working and engaging in activism for the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality through various channels, including the women’s and feminist movement, NGOs, municipal governments, and academic institutions. Along the way, she has worked in various countries in Mesoamerica (Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico), Europe (France), and West Africa (Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau).
Daniela obtained her master’s degree in Gender, Society and Politics from PRIGEPP-FLACSO Argentina, a program with which she is still involved in a teaching capacity.