Diane Elson (UK)

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Diane Elson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK.  She has published widely on gender equality and economic policy and has been active in the women’s movement for 40 years.  She has acted as advisor to UNIFEM and UNDP; and is a former Vice President of the International Association for Feminist Economics.  […]

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Zeynep Góknil Sanal (Turkey)

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Zeynep has been working on women’s issues stemming from both the male interpretations of Islam and the Turkish interpretation of “secularism” as a member of the Baskent Kadin Platformu Dernegi (Capital City Women’s Platform) since 1997 and has become a women’s activist over the years. She was president of her organization from May 2007 to  May […]

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Lina Gómez (Colombia/Canada)

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Lina Gómez is AWID’s Forum & Events Manager. She joined the AWID team in 2004 and has been involved in the planning and organizing of numerous AWID meetings and events, including the 2005 and 2008 Forums in Bangkok and Cape Town. Before joining AWID, Lina worked for various not-for-profit initiatives and development organizations in South, […]

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Paola Gonzalez Rosales (Guatemala)

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Paola Gonzalez Rosales has been a women’s rights advocate since 1997. With a background in gender and international studies, she is a teacher at the Public University. Paola is also the founder and member of the Women’s Association for Feminist Studies. Paola joined Guatemalan Women’s National Union (UNAMG) when she was a young university student […]

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Naila Kabeer (UK)

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Naila is currently a Professorial Fellow at IDS, University of Sussex, UK and also working part-time as a Senior Research Fellow at DFID. She will be joining the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University as Professor of Gender and Development. She has been active in developing frameworks and methodologies for integrating gender […]

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Jac SM Kee (Malaysia)

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Jac SM Kee is a feminist activist committed to transformative politics in the issues of violence against women, culture, ‘race’, identities, communications & information rights and sexualities through building capacities in gender, media, communication and digital technologies; researching emerging issues; organizing awareness and advocacy campaigns especially through creative expressions, as well as writing analytical, fictional […]

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Françoise Mukuku (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

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As a young feminist, Françoise Mukuku started Si Jeunesse Savait when she was 21 years old. With 8 years experience as a journalist, Françoise now works as a consultant doing research and communication with various NGO’s on sexual and reproductive health and rights and women rights in general in the Democratic Republic of the Congo […]

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Esther Mwaura-Muiru (Kenya)

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Esther Mwaura-Muiru is a Founder and Coordinator of GROOTS Kenya (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood) – a network of more than 2000 self-help groups from poor communities in urban slums and rural areas across Kenya. Esther’s leadership has enabled women in the GROOTS Kenya network to build a solid network of grassroots women’s organizations […]

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Anita Nayar (India/USA)

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Anita Nayar is a feminist activist and scholar presently engaged in research on the social and ecological consequences of the commercialization of indigenous medicine in India. For the past 15 years she has worked with women’s movements, governments and UN agencies to bring a gender perspective on environmental, social and economic issues to bear on […]

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Patti O’Neill (New Zealand/France)

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Patti O’Neill has been the coordinator of the OECD DAC Network on Gender Equality since 2004. Before joining the OECD, she worked as a Senior Advisor for the New Zealand Agency for International Development. For 10 years she worked at Deputy Secretary Level for the New Zealand Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Earlier in her career, she […]

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Wanda Nowicka (Poland)

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Wanda Nowicka has been an activist in the fields of women’s rights, health and human rights for many years. She is the President of the Federation for Women and Family Planning. From 1996-2002 she served as a member of the Gender Advisory Panel of the WHO’s Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction Programme. She […]

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Zozan Özgökçe (Turkey)

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Zozan Özgökçe graduated from the Economics Department of Eastern Mediterranean University and is now a professional Financial Consultant but has worked with NGO’s for the majority of her life. Zozan lives in Van, which is located in the Eastern Anatolian Region of Turkey. She has been a feminist activist since 1999. She is a member […]

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Rosalind Pollack Petchesky (USA)

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Rosalind Pollack Petchesky is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She received her B.A. from Smith College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University (1974). Rosalind founded the International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group (IRRRAG), which she directed from 1992 […]

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Marivic Raquiza (Philippines)

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Marivic Raquiza is a Co-Convenor of Social Watch Philippines, and a member of the Social Watch International Coordinating Committee. Marivic is also currently a Board Member of Justice Associates (JASS), an international feminist organization. She was the founding National Coordinator for the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) in the Philippines and a member […]

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Alejandra Scampini (Uruguay)

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Alejandra Scampini is the Manager of Influencing Development Actors and Practices for Women’s Rights at AWID. She is a Uruguayan feminist activist and before joining AWID worked for ActionAid as the Women’s Rights coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. Alejandra also worked with REPEM for more than 10 years where she gained experience in […]

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