The Steering Committee is comprised of member representatives from the different world regions and governs FAR.
Mildred Crawford is the President of the Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers, (JNRWP), a non profit organization with a focus on the social and economic conditions of rural women. JNRWP assists rural women through training and seeking markets so that they are economically empowered. JNRWP also focuses on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Capacity Building, Economic Empowerment, and Trade Related Issues. Mildred also sits on the board of the Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP). Her work and activism is committed to empowerment of rural women in a tangible way at the intersections of agriculture and gender.
Krishanti Dharmaraj is the executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. She is a feminist and human rights activist with over 25 years of experience working to advance the rights of women and girls. Previously, Krishanti was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) and the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund. Under her leadership, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to pass legislation implementing an international human rights treaty. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, Women, Law and Development, Horizons Foundation and the Center for Asian Pacific Women. Krishanti has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, at Berkeley. Find out More
Stephanie S. Franklin, Esq is the Founder, President & CEO of the Franklin Law Group. Graduating from the University of Maryland – College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, for over twenty-five years she has dedicated her professional career to social justice advocacy, with her most recent efforts focused on human rights issues. Stephanie has dedicated her legal career to advocating for and beside marginalized groups – primarily focused on children and youth. During her sixteen-year tenure working with children and youth, she has accomplished a great deal. Ms. Franklin is a member of the US Human Rights Network, where she received a fellowship for the Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education Program; chairs the Children’s Rights Workgroup related to the United States’ obligations with the United Nations; and helped create the Ubuntu Council, to honor the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.
Isabelle Geuskens is the executive director of Women Peacemakers’ Program, an organization that envisons a world where women and men work together through gender-sensitive active nonviolence, to build communities where people co-exist peacefully. Her journey into peace work started in the 1990s when she lived in Belfast and conducted research about local communities’ experience of the Troubles, the Good Friday Agreement, and the impact of peace projects run by local community leaders. In 2002, she became the Program Manager of the Women Peacemakers’ Program (WPP) at the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR). Under her leadership, WPP started pioneering a program on engaging men for gender-sensitive peace building. Since WPP’s establishment as independent foundation in 2012, Isabelle has served as its Executive Director.
Pefi Kingi is a daughter of the Niue/Pacific. She founded the Pacific Women’s Indigenous Networks (PacificWIN), focused on collaborating for Human Rights for diasporic/migrant communities and against Human Trafficking in the Pacific region. She has worked in mental health management, public health management and various social agenda for diaspora/migrant communities (family violence prevention; sexual violence research; suicide prevention etc). Her illustrious board governance roles include ministerial appointments with the Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation; the Winston Churchill Memorial Foundation; the National Pacific Advisory Group to the National Taskforce against Violence among others. Pefi has also served in numerous CSO offices, such as the Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Womens’ Project; a focal point stakeholder to the Fijian-based Pacific Islands NGOs (PIANGO); member of the Auckland University of Technology Ethics Committee; Pefi has long worked for social and cultural justice, collaborating for the collective vision of the best for the Pacific region.
Madeleine Kennedy McFoy works at Education International (EI), where her work is mainly focused on the implementation of the EI Gender Equality Action Plan. Prior to joining EI, Madeleine was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Gender Research, at the University of Oslo. The results of her research (a qualitative study of minority and migrant women’s organizations in European contexts) has been published in a number of articles in international academic peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. Madeleine holds a PhD in Sociology, an MA in Social Research Methods (Goldsmiths, University of London), an MSc in Gender and Development Studies (London School of Economics & Political Science), and an LLB Honours in English and European Laws (University of Essex). Madeleine was previously a program officer for Amanitare -the African Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. She is also an associate editor of the European Journal of Women’s Studies.
Hibaaq Osman is a Somali global political strategist; she is the founder and CEO at El Karama, whose mission is to build and strengthen approaches to raise and expand the influence of Arab women as leaders in regional and international contexts. She is also a member of the UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group. She founded and serves as the Chairperson of the ThinkTank for Arab Women, the Dignity Fund, El-Karama, and the Centre for the Strategic Initiatives of Women.
Fatima Outaleb has over 27 years of experience in national and regional women’s issues with a special focus on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment. Outaleb is the Mena representative for the Global Network of Women Shelters. She is a founding member of the Karama network, and a focal person and gender advisor of many national, and international human right organizations, regional networks. Outaleb has published several publications on gender-based violence, and contributed to many toolkits and briefs on women’s rights in the MENA region.
Dinah Musanderwezo is the Executive Director of FEMNET (the African Women’s Development and Communication Network), a pan-African membership organization working to advance women’s human rights and amplify African women’s voices across Africa. Dinah is a gender equality and development expert, with over ten years of experience working on issues of gender and development, women’s empowerment and human rights at national, regional (Africa) and international levels. Dinah is a founding member of the Rwanda Association of University Women (RAUW) and ‘Mentor A Girl’ (MAG), an organization by young women professionals aiming to support girls and young women attain their full potential. She serves on the UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group for the Eastern and Southern Africa Office. Dinah holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Kristina Raducan is the Executive Director of Romano Alav / Romani Women Network (RWN) from Chisinau Moldova. She has been a human rights activist for over 12 years, mostly focused on Romani women and girls rights. RWN works to ensure an increased participation of Romani women in politics and in decision-making process. Kristina is the first Roma woman in Moldova to have graduated from law school. She is bilingual (in Russian/Romanian and English/Romani) and that has helped her to provide a unique insight into the situation of Roma in Moldova. Kristina has many years of experience working with central and local public administration reforms; she has also been actively engaged in strengthening the effective participation of Romani women within the UN Women, through their Women in Politics Program.
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is a Fiji Islander and a media professional. Passionate about content development and distribution, Sharon enables and empowers community media production to increase the visibility of women’s viewpoints and realities, especially rural and young women. During Fiji’s second political coup in 2000, as Secretary of the National Council of Women Fiji, she coordinated the Blue Ribbon Peace Vigil and the Women’s Action for Democracy and Peace. Shortly after, she helped established FemLINKPACIFIC, a community media organization that advocates for women as decision makers in the long-term transformation of Fiji. Sharon also lobbies governments and civil society for gender sensitivity and balance in media and ICT policy. She also advocates for regional implementation of “1325” within the Forum Regional Security Committee of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Pacific Missions at the United Nations. Sharon is a member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group and a board member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.