Rizwana Sadiq

  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Senior Patrol Officer
  • Organization: Driving Licensing Authority Head Office

Rizwana Sadiq is a Senior Patrol Officer currently based at the Driving Licensing Authority Head Office in Islamabad, where she helps train individuals, particularly women, to learn and adhere to international standard driving skills. Inspired by her mother’s strength and values, Ms. Sadiq started her career as a Patrol Officer for the Pakistan Motorway Police. […]

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Asila Wardak Jamal

Asila Wardak Jamal, a prominent women’s rights and civil society activist, is the first Afghan woman elected as a member on the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation’s Independent Human Rights Commission. Previously Ms. Wardak served as Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations. She was also appointed as Director General […]

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Amna Popovac

Amna Popovac

Amna Popovac has been the owner of radio station Studio 88 since 1998, which she launched to contribute to the normalization of life in Mostar, Herzegovina, and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). In April 2011, she produced “Santiceva 88” with Federal Television, a documentary discussing the senseless war, and especially highlighting the places where Studio 88 […]

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Zana Marjanovic

Zana Marjanovic
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Member of the House of Representatives
  • Organization: Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Zana Marjanovic has been a member of the House of Representatives, the upper house of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina since September 2014. Given the problems artists in Bosnia and Herzegovina face, her top priorities are legislative and financial reforms, which will help regulate employment and employment status of artists and […]

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Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia

Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Expertise: Gender Perspective, Women's Rights
  • Position: Director of Women and Gender Affairs
  • Organization: Nigerian Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development

Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia is the Director of Women and Gender Affairs at the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. She leads the implementation of Nigeria’s National Action Plan for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. Prior to joining the ministry, Ms. Eghobamien-Mshelia was Head of Gender for the Commonwealth Secretariat, where her work […]

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Paleki Matthew Obur Ayang

Paleki Matthew Obur Ayang

Paleki Matthew Obur Ayang is a lawyer and passionate activist. Currently, Ms. Ayang is the Executive Director of South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network (SSWEN), a national indigenous network promoting gender equality and women’s rights, and empowering South Sudanese women to build peaceful societies in their country. As a prominent member of the South Sudan Law […]

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Olga Bogomolets

Olga Bogomolets
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Member
  • Organization: Ukrainian Parliament

“Civil society activists have to take on responsibilities,” says Olga Bogomolets, a respected doctor, professor, and, since 2014, political leader. “It’s hard, but this is a chance and a choice to change your country.” So she ran for president in 2014 after her highly visible role as medical coordinator for protestors (including 100 who were […]

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Oksana Romaniuk

Oksana Romaniuk
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Director
  • Organization: Institute of Mass Information

In 2013, Oksana Romaniuk was the victim of a cyber-attack that—given her job in Kyiv as Executive Director of the large nonprofit Institute of Mass Information (IMI)—was much more than a personal nuisance. A well-known opponent of government efforts to control the media, she reported the attack to the authorities. “The police responded,” she says, […]

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Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska

Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Executive Director
  • Organization: Integration and Development Center for Information and Research

“I never expected to become a character out of my own PhD dissertation on forced migration,” observes Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska. But after the Russian annexation of Crimea, her home region, the professor and psychologist of identity-based conflict had to flee to avoid arrest for her outspoken opposition to the takeover. Even if the fighting is confined […]

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Huda Shafig

Huda Shafig
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  • Position: Member
  • Organization: Taskforce for the Engagement of Women in South Sudan and Sudan

While the Sudanese people develop a new vision for their society, Huda Shafig is connecting citizens to those in power. As a member of the Taskforce for the Engagement of Women, Ms. Shafig advises the government on how to make the country’s national dialogue process more transparent, accountable, and inclusive—increasing the positions reserved for women […]

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