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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.
Meghan holds a Diploma as a Computer Programmer Analyst from St. Lawrence College, a B.A.H in Environmental Policies and Practices, Political Science, and Environmental geography from the University of Toronto, and a M.Sc. in Planning with a specialization in Social Planning and Policy from the University of Toronto.
A long-time feminist, she is passionate about social and environmental justice issues including environmental sustainability and climate change adaptation planning, community development, and emergency management.
Director of Special Projects
Shareen is a feminist activist with over 20 years of experience working to promote women’s rights and gender justice. Her main focus has been to strengthen advocacy against the use of arguments based on religion, culture and tradition to justify violations of women’s rights— in international human rights spaces and across regions and religions.
When she joined AWID in 2007 Shareen launched the program "Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms". Since joining the organization in 2001, Shareen has managed the Women’s Human Rights Net website and the Early Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms resource. Shareen has previously worked with Canadian refugee-sponsoring organizations, refugee legislation and with the Afghan Women’s Organization. She has co-authored and edited several publications including "Shared Insights: Women's Rights Activists Define Religious Fundamentalisms” and "Feminists on the Frontline: Case Studies of Resisting and Challenging Fundamentalisms”.
Shareen grew up in Pakistan during the Islamic military regime and has also spent several years working with women’s health and education programs in the Dominican Republic. Shareen holds a degree in International Development Studies and Anthropology and a Masters in Sociology and Equity studies.
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Associate (on leave)
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.
Director of Programs
Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani is a Latin American feminist and sexual rights activist who has been active nationally in her country of origin, Argentina, regionally and internationally since the early 90s. She has pursued studies in psychology, gender and human rights.
Alejandra is also a profesional translator who considers translation to be a political tool that contributes to greater access to and equality within social movements. She has worked in that capacity for AWID during 10 years as well as for many organizations and funders worldwide.
Within the feminist and sexual rights movements Alejandra’s organizing work encompasses from starting a pioner out lesbian feminist group to co-coordinating sexual rights coalitions lobbying at the UN and the OAS. Alejandra worked 5 years for Mama Cash as developing the fund’s unique Women’s Funds programme which also gave her expertise in feminist philanthropy. She is currently a Board Member for Akahatá-Equipo de Sexualidades y Géneros and an Advisor to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.
Co-Creating Feminist Realities Coordinator
Kimalee Phillip is African-Grenadian women currently based out of Ottawa. She is an educator, organizer, consultant and writer who specializes in the fields of legal studies, workers' rights, gender-based and sexualized violence, anti-colonial, anti-racist pedagogies and organizational development. She has conducted qualitative and participatory research and has created and facilitated various workshops, curriculum and learning spaces across Canada, Ghana, Jamaica and Grenada. She holds an MA in Legal Studies from Carleton University and is completing a certificate in Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson University.
Co-Creating Feminist Realities Coordinator
Fenya is a feminist from Belgium and is now based in London. She is a graduate of Essex University, with a focus on law and human rights and holds an LLM in Law & Gender from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has worked as a researcher on topics such as migration and inequality and has a strong interest and passion for grassroots social justice organising.
She was most recently working for the Issues Affecting Women Programme at Oak Foundation. Apart from this, Fenya is involved in various grassroots solidarity groups focusing on areas such as immigration detention and migrant rights, inequality, and anti-militarism.
Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Coordinator
Isabel is a feminist from the United Kingdom, currently based in London. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Bristol and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is involved in the British and transnational women's movements, and in struggles against austerity and war, and for asylum and immigration rights. Isabel previously worked with Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), which developed her interest in the ways gender interacts with religion and culture. She is particularly interested in solidarity across cultural and geographical borders, and in the use of creativity and empathy as forces to resist oppression.
Building Feminist Economies Manager
Inna is a feminist activist and sociologist, based in Berlin, Germany, raised in Haifa, Israel/Palestine, and born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the past 15 years she took part in LGBTQI and feminist struggles, political education and organizing by and for immigrant women, and the struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
She holds MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is completing a doctoral research on women’s economic empowerment at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She is a Board Member of +972 Magazine – independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine. Previously Inna worked as a fundraiser in the Coalition of Women for Peace and she is passionate about mobilizing economic, social and political resources for grassroots activism and Women Human Rights Defenders.
Ana Inés Abelenda
Building Feminist Economies Coordinator
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 Coordinator
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.
Interim Director of Tactics
Amina is a Nigerian feminist artivist whose work focuses on feminist philanthropy and creative arts for advocacy. She holds a BA in Political Science & Women’s Studies from McGill University (Distinction) and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics. She sits on the Board's of the Global Fund for Women, JASS and is a Mama Cash Advisor. Amina brings to her activism a passion for music, art, travel, photography, fashion and poetry.
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.
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Director of Information, Communications and Media
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is an African feminist who works out of Ghana. Prior to working with AWID she was the Communications Specialist at the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF). She is also a writer and an award winning blogger whose opinion pieces have been widely published in a range of online and offline media including The Guardian, Feminist Africa and is a regular columnist for This is Africa (a website). Nana has authored a ‘Communications Handbook for Women’s Rights Organisations’, is co-author of ‘Creating Spaces and Amplifying Voices: The First Ten Years of the African Women's Development Fund’, and editor of ‘Women Leading Africa: Conversations with Inspirational African Women’.
Laila has led feminist communications, research and advocacy projects in Canada and the Middle East for 20 years. Her past projects and organizations include COCo Centre for Community Organizations, Canadian Women’s Health Network, and the Coalition for Women’s Equality (on the eve of the 2006 Canadian Federal election).
Her work has appeared in various online and offline publications, and she holds two Master's degrees in Gender and International Development, and Public Policy, Administration and Law.
Digital Communications Lead
Shelley holds a degree in International Development Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies, and is currently studying web writing and social media communications in Toronto.
She has worked with non-profit organizations for over ten years on a range of social justice issues including women’s rights, housing and land rights, and migration. For five of those years she was based in Santiago, Chile working with the Habitat International Coalition and supporting the organizing and fundraising efforts of grassroots feminist and habitat social movements.
Digital Communications Coordinator
Cécile obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Web & Digital Communications from the University of Lyon, France. She developed a passion for social justice through volunteering and working with non-for-profit organizations in France and Canada mainly. In her previous roles, she successfully led different website redesign projects and participated in major fundraising campaigns.
Now established in Sweden, Cécile aims at using her creativity and technical skills to reinforce the voice of feminists around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Project Manager 'Count Me In!'
Anne holds a MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK and a German degree (Diplom-Betriebswirtin) in Business Studies with specialization in Market and Communications Research. Anne has studied at the Hiroshima University of Economics in Japan and the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, where she also worked as program evaluator for INSIST, the Institute for Social Transformation. She completed a training course on Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Graduate Institute Of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Prior to joining AWID, Anne worked at WOMNET Gender and Global Governance in Bonn, Germany.
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.
Writer and Editor
Rochelle has honed her writing skills over 15 years across different sectors, with nine years specifically on women’s rights. She has degrees in Science, Peace & Conflict Studies and International Relations, and a post graduate degree in International Development from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Her studies helped shape Rochelle’s belief that ‘mainstream’ systems can and should be challenged by collective, feminist and innovative global activism.
Rochelle previously worked on gender equality policy for a government entity and has worked on and off for AWID for 10 years. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia.
Aimee Santos is a long-time organizer in various communities and movements, both in the US and the Philippines, addressing issues of racial, gender and economic justice. She recently held the post of Director of Programs at Western States Center, a regional social justice movement-building organization based in the NW.
She helped lead the We are BRAVE - Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity - network. She organized with undocumented immigrants, queer and trans youth and people of color, indigenous leaders and women of color to advance cultural values of body sovereignty and policies of reproductive justice. She has worked with organizations of all shapes and sizes to help build strong, fierce leaders and values-based organizations.
She worked hard for and received a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and is currently based in Manila, Philippines.
Forum and Events Manager
Lina is a feminist logistics specialist and event manager with a driving passion for the work of human and women’s rights movements globally.
She joined the AWID team in 2004 and has been involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of numerous AWID meetings and events, including the 2005, 2008 and 2011 Forums in Bangkok, Cape Town and Istanbul.
Before joining AWID, Lina worked for various not-for-profit organizations and NGOs in South, Central and North America, focusing on gender justice initiatives. She holds a magna cum laude MBA from Universidad Icesi in her native Colombia as well as an honours degree in International Project Management from Humber College in Toronto, Canada.
Lina couldn’t really imagine life without family, friends, art and the power of resistance!
Co-Creating Feminist Realities 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 Manager
Naureen Shameem is an activist and human rights lawyer, with experience in research and international advocacy. She was previously Women and Justice Fellow with the Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School, teaching and supervising projects at the International Human Rights Clinic. Naureen also worked with Women Living Under Muslim Laws, where she coordinated the global Stop Stoning Women campaign, and has been a researcher and advocate for gender justice and refugee rights with INTERIGHTS, the ILO, the Red Cross and the Human Dignity Trust. She has an academic background in women’s rights, religion and international law from Harvard Law School.
Daniela Marin Platero
Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Coordinator
Born and raised in El Salvador, Daniela migrated to Canada 8 years ago. She has supported the planning of events in Canada, El Salvador and India. The focus of her work has been around youth, women's empowerment, indigenous sovereignty, gender equality and student refugees. Daniela’s background in Gender and Women Studies and International Development is informed by a range transnational perspectives and learning rooted in experience. She is committed to work that is true to its vision, intersectional, people-centered and led.
Building Feminist Economies Coordinator
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 Manager
Kellea Miller is a feminist researcher and grantmaking professional based in the United States. Since 2002, Kellea has worked to advance transformative resourcing of feminist movements at organisations such as Global Fund for Women, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, UN Women, and Mama Cash. Kellea holds a PhD in Sociology and a BA in Public Policy & Feminist Studies. Her academic research focuses on gender equality discourse, global feminist movements, and development financing.
In her spare time, Kellea teaches self-defense, serves on the board of the International Accountability Project, and frolics with her kids. She is conversant in Spanish and can sing one song in Quechua.
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.
Solidarity Tactic Coordinator
A Uruguayan living in Mexico City for the past 10 years, Verónica holds a M.A in International Cooperation for Development from the Instituto Mora in Mexico City and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of the Republic in Uruguay.
She has more than 15 years of experience in the development, nonprofit sector with specific focus on social and human rights issues in Uruguay and Mexico. Since she joined AWID in 2009, she has hold several positions: she has been part of the WITM team, then collaborating with the WHRD Program before becoming Solidarity Tactic Coordinator in 2018.
Membership and Constituency Engagement Coordinator (on leave)
Lejla holds an HBA degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master's Degree in East European Studies from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. She is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina and has lived in numerous countries before moving to Canada and starting at AWID. Lejla is based in Berlin.
Margarita Salas 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.
Gabby De Cicco
Women's Rights Information Spanish Coordinator
Gabby lives in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. They are a writer, journalist, photographer and a queer lesbian feminist artivist. Since 1993 they have been promoting LGBTIQ and women's human rights by producing related radio programs and writing articles. Since 2000 they have co-coordinated the Argentinian Women's Information Network. Gabby has also published 5 books of poetry.
Women's Rights Information French Coordinator
Valérie is a storyteller with a passion for literature, photography, and videography. She has a Masters in International Relations from the Universidad de Cadiz and several years of experience supporting programming as well as communications and fundraising campaigns within non-profit organizations, Canadian federal government, and UN agencies.
Her writing and photography has appeared in various publications, including Al Jazeera English, Saraba Magazine, and This is Africa. She also coordinates the francophone programme of Writivism, a pan-African literary festival. She identifies as queer, womanist, and African feminist (in no particular order).