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
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • 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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Tabitha Mathiang

Tabitha Mathiang
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Member
  • Organization: Taskforce for the Engagement of Women in South Sudan and Sudan

A peacebuilding and disarmament expert, Tabitha Mathiang most recently advised an international mediation organization on the talks that culminated in a peace agreement for South Sudan in 2015. She is also a member of the Taskforce for the Engagement of Women in South Sudan and Sudan, bringing women’s voices and priorities into the peace process […]

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Naw Rebecca Htin

Naw Rebecca Htin
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Associate Director
  • Organization: Myanmar Peace Center

Naw Rebecca Htin, a medical doctor, recounts the reason she and her physician husband started a mobile clinic to go into areas of Myanmar where ethnic minorities lived in rural poverty, far from the reach of medical or other services. “Those of us who had grown up in the city hadn’t felt what it was […]

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Phyu Phyu May Sabe

Phyu Phyu May Sabe
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Director
  • Organization: Gender Equality Network

May Sabe Phyu (“Phyu Phyu” to friends) says, “Discrimination against ethnic minorities is the root cause of our 68-year-old civil war in Myanmar, the longest-running conflict in the world.” Honored by US Secretary of State John Kerry as an International Woman of Courage, Ms. Phyu directs the Gender Equality Network, leading a coalition of 123 […]

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Sylvia Aguilera

Sylvia Aguilera
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Executive Director
  • Organization: Center for Civic Collaboration,

As Executive Director of the Center for Civic Collaboration, Sylvia Aguilera is forging a culture of dialogue, collaboration, and conflict resolution in Mexico. While tens of thousands of people are forcibly “disappeared” in her country, Ms. Aguilera works with their families to transform suffering into systemic change. She works with a variety of civic organizations […]

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Lilia Aguilar

Lilia Aguilar
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Founder and President
  • Organization: Proyecto Mx

As a state representative in Chihuahua, Ms. Aguilar led a campaign to end the epidemic of missing and murdered women in the city of Juárez. “This was my first lesson in the dangers of leadership,” she says. Following her election to the Mexican Congress in 2012, Ms. Aguilar served as one of the leaders of […]

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Katia Cecilia Ornelas-Núñez

Katia Cecilia Ornelas-Núñez
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Deputy Director
  • Organization: Juntos Para la Prevención de la Violencia

Katia Cecilia Ornelas-Núñez is transforming the way Mexicans respond to violence in society. As a lawyer, Ms. Ornelas-Núñez spent eight years reforming the criminal justice system, culminating in an amendment to the constitution in 2008. She counselled family members of the “disappeared” to become advocates of legislation against forced disappearances, and coordinated between national and […]

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Suzan Aref Maroof

Suzan Aref Maroof
  • Country/Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Founder
  • Organization: Women Empowerment Organization

As the founder, in 2004, of a women’s empowerment organization in the Kurdistan region, Suzan Aref Maroof says, “I want a strong country that depends on both men’s and women’s contributions.” She notes there are millions of widows in Iraq. Because her own husband died when she was 27, she knows firsthand that security depends […]

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