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.
Daniela Draghici (Romania)
Daniela Draghici, is an international advocacy consultant and trainer, based in Romania. At international level, Ms. Draghici is the coordinator of the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion on behalf of ICMA and a board member of WGNRR. At European level, Daniela has beenelected IPPF European Network Regional Executive Committee member, Steering Committee member for EuroNGOs, Honorary Advisory board member for ASTRA Network, and Steering Committee member of Eastern European Alliance for Reproductive Choice (EEARC). At national level, she serves as board member for Society for Education in Contraception and Sexuality (SECS), an IPPF-EN member association, and as member for AnA – Society for Feminist Analyses. She is finalizing her tenure as Advocacy Officer for the BMGF-funded Global Libraries Biblionet Program in Romania, implementing a novel approach to raising awareness of sexuality education and reproductive health and rights, breast cancer prevention, gender-based violence and trafficking via public libraries, helping turn librarians into advocates for women’s rights.
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
Leila Hessini (Algeria)
Born in Algeria, has worked on women’s rights issues for twenty years. She has lived and worked in Egypt, Morocco, and the United States; where she currently is the Director of Women’s Organising and Community Mobilisation at Ipas, a global reproductive rights organisation. She has published widely on issues related to women’s rights in Islam, abortion in Muslim societies, women’s production of knowledge in the Maghreb, and women’s strategies to combat violence. She is on the board of the SisterSong women of colour reproductive health collective in the U.S. and is chair-elect of the Global Fund for Women’s board. .
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 our 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 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.