Board Members


Board Chair, Felistah Mbithe (Kenya)

Felistah Mbithe is the founder and Executive Director of Fortress of Hope Africa (Kenya); an adolescent girls’ organisation that was initiated to empower les- fortunate girls; socially and economically. She is a strong sexual and reproductive rights activist with a passion for advancing the SRHR of adolescent girls/youth. She has experience working with women and girls at the grassroots, National, Regional and International level.

She is also one of WGNRR’s Youth Board Members.


Yvette Kathurima (Kenya)

Yvette is a dynamic social justice and development professional with experience in women’s rights, advocacy, resource mobilization, grant management, coordination of regional networks and meeting facilitation. Based in Nairobi, Yvette seeks to improve the lives of the poor and marginalized therefore contributing towards equality for all. At the global level, Yvette has worked to amplify the voices of African women at the United Nations through the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). She was also instrumental in ensuring the voices of African women were included in what we now know as 2030 Agenda through the intergovernmental processes of the Open Working Group.


Jeannette Slootbeek (The Netherlands)

Jeanette is an International Consultant on Sexual Health and Sexual Rights. Her specialisations include Reproductive health and rights, Gender issues, Sexuality and young people, HIV/AIDS and Gay and Lesbian issues



Nirvana González Rosa (Puerto Rico)

Nirvana González Rosa is a feminist activist who has long defended women’s human rights in her native Puerto Rico and throughout the region. She is currently the General Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN), a network that unites hundreds of organisations and individuals from a wide range of nationalities, ethnicities, racial and social backgrounds, ages, religious beliefs and sexual orientations for the defence of women’s human rights.


Rishita Nandagiri (India)

Rishita Nandagiri has extensive experience in international and regional SRHR policy and advocacy, focusing specifically on the needs and leadership of young people. She has previously worked as Advocacy and Policy Programme Officer and Youth Focal Point at WGNRR, and as Publications Officer at the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW). Rishita has written on young peoples’ SRHR, youth in development, and colonialism and sexuality, and has produced advocacy and policy papers on abortion, youth, and on positioning SRHR and gender equality within the new development frameworks. Rishita holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a BA in Communication, English Literature, and Psychology. She is currently a freelance consultant on SRHR, and volunteers with the Blank Noise Project. She tweets on @rishie_ and lives in Bangalore, India.