about ARROW

We have consultative status with the economic and social
council of the united nations.

ARROW strives to enable women, non-binary people and young people to be equal citizens in all aspects of their lives by ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and rights are achieved.

Established in 1993 upon a needs assessment arising out of a regional women’s health project, where the originating vision was to create a resource center that would ‘enable women to better define and control their lives’, ARROW is a regional non-profit women and young people’s organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

We have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) of the United Nations. We work closely with many national partners in countries, regional and global networks around the world, and are able to reach stakeholders in 120 countries.

An equal, just and equitable world, where every woman, non-binary person and young person, in all our diversities, enjoy our full sexual and reproductive rights.

To promote and defend women’s, non-binary people’s and young people’s rights and needs, particularly in the areas of sexuality and health, and affirm their agency to claim these rights.

  1. Systems, policies and programmes are reoriented to:
    • Upholding gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights; and
    • Ensuring that health systems deliver comprehensive, gender- sensitive, rights-based and youth friendly services for sexual and reproductive health that are accessible, just, equitable and of the highest quality.
  2. Women’s, young people’s and civil society organisations are strong and effective in:
    • Conceptualising and clarifying perspectives on sexual and reproductive rights and larger development issues that impact women and marginalised communities
    • Influencing policy agenda that affirms women’s and young people’s sexuality and rights;
    • Holding governments and donors accountable to international and national commitments and obligations
    • Gaining sustained participation and representation in decision-making spaces.
  3. Women and young people’s lives and health outcomes improve, particularly in the area of SRHR, especially for the poor and marginalised.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Sivananthi-Thanenthiran

sivananthi thanenthiran | siva

Siva is currently the Executive Director of ARROW. Before joining ARROW, she explored different career choices in her life, which included teaching at a university, running a magazine across three countries and working for the United Nations. These different opportunities helped her discover her passion for writing and learning and form her ideals of working in partnerships and respecting diversity.

She has co-written and edited books on sustainable development and urbanization as part of her work with the Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI), a regional project of UNDP. She was also a committee member of the Women’s Candidacy Initiative (WCI), which ran candidates on a women’s rights issues platform.

Siva co-authored ARROW’s ICPD+15 and ICPD+20 Asia-Pacific monitoring reports and has written numerous articles and presented papers on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has been able to expand the work of ARROW to examine more closely the inter-linkages of sexual and reproductive health and rights with critical development issues such as poverty, food security, climate change and migration. Under Siva’s leadership, the organization’s working partnerships have expanded to 17 countries in the region as well as regional and global networks and organisations.

She occasionally writes for local newspapers on issues that she thinks are of crucial importance in her country and views this as her contribution to the society in which she lives.

sivananthi thanenthiran | siva
executive director
sai jyothirmai racherla | sai

sai jyothirmai racherla | sai

Sai Jyothirmai Racherla (Sai) comes with training in Nutrition and Population Sciences, and 18 years of experience working on issues of right to health, maternal health and rights, gender, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She is an activist, a trainer, a researcher and advocate of women’s rights.

At ARROW, she has been involved in the advocacy and monitoring of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, ICPD Programme of Action, and successfully coordinated the Global South monitoring of the 20 years of implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in five regions of Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and Northern Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2013. This monitoring and advocacy initiative was carried out in 49 countries across the Global South using a right based SRHR indicator framework. She has been active in Post-2015 processes leading up to the Agenda 2030 at the UN, and has been selected for all the Inter-Agency Expert Group Meetings on SDG indicators thus far on behalf of civil society.

She has co-authored the reclaiming and redefining rights – ICPD+15 Status of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Asia, and coordinated the related series of publications on reproductive autonomy, maternal mortality and morbidity, sexuality and rights, poverty food security SRHR, analysing SRHR under CEDAW and pathways to universal access to reproductive health in Asia.

Her other area of work currently focuses on young people SRHR accountability, monitoring and advocacy.

sai jyothirmai racherla | sai
deputy executive director
rosnani

rosnani hitam | nani

Nani has been with ARROW since 2004. In the past she has worked with the Asian-Pacific Development Centre, an inter-governmental organisation. She studied Mass Communications and holds a Diploma in Public Relations from the University Technology Mara (UiTM). She is passionate about women’s rights and believes that all women can be happy, healthy and successful in every area of their lives.

rosnani hitam | nani
executive officer
biplabi

biplabi shrestha | bipu

Biplabi’s involvement and work on women and young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) are inspired by the lived realities of women and girls in Asia. Prior to ARROW, her work in Nepal focused on capacity strengthening of women and young people at the local and national level on HIV related issues.

At ARROW, as a programme officer from 2009-2012 and as senior programme officer from 2014-2016, she has coordinated multi-country partnership projects such as Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP) in South Asia and Right Here Right Now (RHRN), that are focused on improving women and young people’s SRR.

As a programme manager at ARROW from 2017-2019, Biplabi managed ARROW’s programme that builds constituencies with new organisations and alliances to develop knowledge and ownership of gender, feminism, and SRR issues by strengthening the linkages between issues that pose challenges to the SRR agenda such as but not limited to climate change, conflict and crisis situations, disability, migration, food insecurity, religious fundamentalism and conservatism.

Biplabi holds a master degree in Gender and Peace Building from University for Peace in Costa Rica with a full scholarship from Asian-Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS).

biplabi shrestha | bipu
programme director
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garima shrivastava

Garima is an intersectional feminist with keen interest in research and
advocacy on reproductive justice and access to Safe Abortion. She was
awarded the Netherlands fellowship award to pursue a Masters in Gender and
Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. She
also holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) in political science from
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

At her earlier position, Garima worked as Assistant Coordinator with
Asia Safe Abortion Partnership. In this role she worked extensively
with youth from across Asia. She is an experienced trainer and
facilitator. Garima specialises in strategic planning, grant management
and program management.

garima shrivastava
programme manager
aarushi-khanna

aarushi khanna

Aarushi, from India, has a background in monitoring, evaluation and research with a focus on gender. Aarushi has prior experience of working with donor, research and bilateral organisations in managing portfolios that include projects around gender equality and reproductive health. Prior to joining ARROW she was working as a Research Associate with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Aarushi also holds a masters degree in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Apart from work, she loves to doodle, try different kinds of food and travel.

aarushi khanna
programme officer
nawmi-naz-chowdhury

nawmi naz chowdhury | naz

Nawmi Naz Chowdhury is a lawyer by training and has a background in law and human rights. She completed her LLM from the University of Sussex and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012. Her prior experience of working in a legal aid providing organisation enabled her to do research and advocacy in the field of access to justice rights of marginalised communities and on discriminatory laws and practices affecting women and girls to advocate for unrestricted access to opportunities, services and information in a protected environment. She has experience in the development and coordination of research projects focused on women, girls and disability rights issues and on cross-cutting topics including gender-based violence, corporal punishment, sexual and reproductive health and rights and on equality, anti-discrimination and worker’s rights. She is also experienced in providing capacity strengthening trainings on orienting civil society members, lawyers and young activists on topics related to law, disability and sexual and reproductive rights, regional and international advocacy and on international human rights mechanisms of UN treaty and charter bodies. Her recent publication includes her paper on access to justice rights of women with disabilities published under the South Asia Institute Südasien’s Issue 1/2016, a special volume on violence against women. She is also an Asia Foundation Development Fellow from the cohort of 2018.

nawmi naz chowdhury | naz
programme manager
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momota hena

Momota has a strong background in public health with prior work experience on SRHR. She is a youth rights enthusiast and has recently completed her Masters in Public Health from Lund University, Sweden with a Swedish Institute Scholarship. While studying in Sweden she also worked with a student organisation focused on SRHR for young people. Besides that, she also worked with WHO: CC and Lund University in different research projects. Back in Bangladesh, she worked on multiple SRHR-related projects for two years.

momota hena
programme officer
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deepa chandra

Deepa is a Programme Officer, with a passion for gender equality, women’s rights and education. At ARROW, she works on the programme focusing on building new constituencies for sexual and reproductive rights (SRR). The programme also looks at the linkages of SRR with other issues such as climate change, food (in)security, migration, conservatism, and conflict. Apart from coordinating multi-country partnership programmes on climate change and SRHR, Deepa is also part of the capacity strengthening team that organises and facilitates trainings on intersectionality in SRHR advocacy. She also coordinates a project of ARROW that looks at the intersections between SRHR and sports. She has experience in training and development and her years spent in the areas of politicisation of ethnicity and religion and gender-based violence, has expanded her knowledge on feminism and fuelled her passion for dismantling the patriarchy to achieve gender equality. She believes in creating spaces for conversations, as well as the creation of our own narratives.

deepa chandra
programme officer
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keshia mahmood

Keshia is part of the Communications team and manages Arrow’s website and online resource centre, e-newsletters and social media. She is the regional coordinator for the Asia Network to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), a platform that aims to build stronger relationships and collaboration between organisations, activists, and researchers working to end FGM/C across Asia. Keshia also supports and facilitates capacity strengthening trainings on intersectionality in SRHR advocacy. Prior to joining ARROW, Keshia was a journalist and web copy editor at The Sun Daily where she edited local and foreign news articles for the newspaper’s website and managed its social media channels. As a journalist, she has covered issues ranging from general news, politics and business to lifestyle, entertainment and community-centric stories. She holds a degree in Communications with a major in Journalism. She went on to pursue her Masters in Communication where she wrote her thesis on the Malaysian media’s portrayal of foreign domestic workers and its effect on public perception. She is passionate about women’s rights and gender equality.

keshia mahmood
programme officer
evie

evelynne gomez | evie

Evelynne is a Programme Officer with the Communications team at ARROW. Working predominantly on Publications, she is the Managing Editor of ARROW’s serial flagship journal, ARROW For Change. Furthermore, she runs the Gender Equality Initiative project in Malaysia which focuses on progressing rights for women, girls, and LGBTIQ+ communities in the country. Apart from communications and project management, she is a facilitator in ARROW’s InterSEXionality workshops, running sessions on gender, sexuality and SOGIESC issues. Prior to ARROW, she worked at the national level in Malaysia on issues surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and gender equality, with particular emphasis on the areas of gender-based violence and the politicisation of ethnicity and religion. Evelynne holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Sociology and Communications and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Gender, Media and Culture Studies where she wrote her thesis on how social media has been used by LGBT audiences to influence the subversion of heteronormativity in mainstream television in the United States. She is passionate about creating spaces for youth in which they can discuss and build awareness on gender equality and SRHR.

evelynne gomez | evie
programme officer
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fara rom

Fara started her journey as a volunteer in the field of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in 2016 and found her passion by doing outreach work for Negeri Sembilan Family Planning Association (NSFPA) while she was studying. She continued her involvement in Sexual Reproductive Health by actively volunteering for Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan Family Reproductive Health Association (SWP FReHA) and the Federation of Reproductive Health Association Malaysia (FRHAM) and was trained as a peer educator in 2017. She engages in different human rights issues too as she believes the issues of SRHR intersects with other pressing issues like child rights, refugee rights and poverty. She started a platform called For Youth Initiative Kuala Lumpur (FYIKL) which focuses on online SRHR advocacy.

fara rom
programme officer
Fir (2021)

firzana redzuan | fir

Firzana (Fir) is a social media consultant working with ARROW’s Information and Communications team. She is a law graduate awaiting her Call to the Bar after completing 9 months of pupillage at a civil and criminal litigation firm. Fir obtained her law degree from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and is currently undergoing a Diploma in Syariah and Practice at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), in pursuit of advocating for Muslim women and families in Malaysia. Fir is also the Founder and President of Monsters Among Us (MAU), a youth-led NGO that upholds children’s rights and combats child sexual abuse. MAU was initiated as a symposium in 2017 when Fir was the President of IIUM’s Asian Law Students’ Association (ALSA IIUM) and is now registered as a society under the Registry of Societies.

firzana redzuan | fir
shamala

shamala chandrasekaran

Shamala Chandrasekaran has over 8 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, development, implementation and management of programmes, with particular focus on HIV, harm reduction, key populations, community capacity building, proposal writing and donor reporting at the local and national levels. Prior to joining ARROW, Shamala served as the National Programme Manager at a national NGO and was instrumental for the outcomes of support areas which includes technical and management support to partner organizations, monitoring systems, performance management of partner organizations and capacity building. Her professional experience also include contributing to the design and implementation of innovative community based prevention programmes with the Ministry of Health Malaysia for people who inject drugs, sex workers, MSM, and transgender people. Shamala has co-authored several publications with the HIV sector within the Ministry of Health Malaysia.

shamala chandrasekaran
advocacy manager
rpt

emily yip

Emily is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She has more than 20 years experience in HR, tax, finance and accounting, having worked with various companies including  telecommunications, IT system integration and interior design constructions listed on SGX. She loves travelling for holidays and appreciates food, with cooking being her passion.

emily yip
operations director
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wong chooi fong

Chooi Fong has years of experience working in various companies in the fields of Housing Development, Hospitality, Interior Design Constructions and Management. She graduated from Wawasan Open University (WOU). Apart from work, she loves travelling and reading.

wong chooi fong
finance manager
azmilia kamil

azmilia kamil

Azmilia ‘Mia’ Kamil graduated from University Technology Mara (UiTM) and majored in finance. She just celebrated her 10th anniversary as an Accountant. She has working experience from various industries such as advertising, property and manufacturing where she has been involved with all types of financial reporting exercises, striving to meet due dates. In other words, she has an eye for due dates. Apart from work, she loves reading, outdoors activities and travelling. Before joining ARROW, Mia participated in a project under UNICEF and currently in her spare time, she volunteers in a project associated with RJK – “Rumah Jalinan Kasih”, which aids underprivileged children.

azmilia kamil
finance officer
Wani-Azman-2

wani azman

Wani has worked in the tourism sector, event management, publications, and the health and fitness industry. Prior to joining ARROW, she worked with an NGO under the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) on a programme for the rural community that reached out to students, the unemployed and underemployed, single parents and aspiring youth to make them a vital force in the ECER’s growth. Wani says she is constantly inspired by women who stand on their own feet and speak up for their rights.

wani azman
administrative officer
Rashidah-Abdullah

rashidah abdullah

Rashidah is a keen policy-oriented researcher, writer and activist. She has led the conceptualisation, coordination and report writing of a number of national, regional and international research and evaluation projects aimed at programme and policy change to benefit women. Rashidah has been a founder of a number of innovative NGOs, including the Women’s Centre Action Group in Western Australia, Women’s Aid Organisation for battered women, Sisters in Islam, ARROW, the Global Forum for Health Research (Geneva) and the Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM).

Rashidah has been a consultant and a technical advisor for a number of international organisations, including UNESCO, UNFPA, IPPF, and WHO, as well as the Malaysian government and a number of women’s NGOs. Besides research and advocacy, she also has enjoyed writing and editing many publications on violence against women, gender and development, sexual and reproductive health, population policy, monitoring and advocacy, men’s responsibility, women’s health and rights, and Islam and women’s rights.

Rashidah is currently active in a number of capacities RRAAM, the Malaysian Aids Council, Sisters in Islam, and the Women’s Aid Organization (WAO). She now works as an activist and independent consultant in the areas of women’s health and sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s rights and NGO organisational development.

rashidah abdullah
co-founder
Rita-Raj

rita raj (1944-2006)

Rita Raj founded ARROW in 1993 with Rashidah Abdullah and remained a director until 1996. Before ARROW, Rita worked for 10 years with the Malaysian Federation of Family Planning Associations.

Rita joined the Asian and Pacific Development Centre (APDC) in 1988 and teamed up with Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) to coordinate WAO’s path breaking national domestic violence research, which helped influence legislation in Malaysia. She was a co-coordinator for the seven-country feminist research study of the International Research on Reproductive Rights and Action Group (IRRRAG) project and also supported International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific.

Rita went on to study traditional Chinese medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture in Massachusetts, United States and became a licensed acupuncturist, fulfilling a life-long dream to become a healer. She continued her work in women’s health through her involvement with the Boston Women’s Health Collective, UNFPA and Rutgers University Center for Global Women’s Leadership. Throughout her life, Rita inspired many with her deep commitment to the inequities and injustices many women face, which she translated into action to improve women’s health and rights around the world. She passed away on 23 November 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts and is dearly missed.

rita raj (1944-2006)
co-founder
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tham hui ying

Hui Ying is a human rights practitioner with over 9 years of experience in legal and rights-based advocacy. She is currently the Executive Director of Asylum Access Malaysia, a Malaysian refugee rights organisation that aims towards making human rights a reality for refugees in Malaysia through a combination of policy advocacy, legal services and community legal empowerment. As Executive Director, she oversees the organisational pursuit of impact and is directly responsible for promoting systemic change through advocacy to ensure all refugees in Malaysia are able to live safely, move freely, work fairly and rebuild their lives. Prior to joining Asylum Access Malaysia, Hui Ying was a practicing litigator where she worked on issues affecting gender equality and child rights. She previously served as President of the Association of Women Lawyers, Malaysia and is the former Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights (APPRN) Southeast Asia Working Group. Hui Ying has a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B) from the University of Reading and a Master’s in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, which she received as a Chevening Scholar. She has been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales, and the Malaysian Bar.

tham hui ying
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virisila buadromo

Virisila Buadromo is a Pacific feminist and political activist who co-leads the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and the Pacific – the first rapid response grant maker for women and non binary human rights defenders for the regions. Prior to joining UAF A&P – Virisila was at the helm of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement for 14 years. Virisila has a background in media and communications. She was given the ‘International Women of Courage’ award in 2008 by the US Government and the inaugural ‘Courage Award’ by ‘Women have Wings’ (established in memory of Amelia Earhart) in 2012. Virisila plays a leading representational role at national, regional and international levels.

virisila buadromo
suri

suriani kempe

Suri is a Co-founder of Kemban Kolektif, that provides consulting services linked to the entire project life-cycle using feminist and inter-sectional lens, particularly in the areas of gender, human rights and its intersections-sexual and reproductive health rights. Prior to that, Suri held the portfolio for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for the United Nations Development Programme in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. She was responsible for the development and implementation of gender thematic programmes and integrating a gender perspective into the design and implementation of UNDP’s initiatives as well as strengthening the agenda on inclusion, resilience and sustainability. Her other work experiences include working with the civil society organisation, Sisters in Islam, advocating for Muslim women’s rights; and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development as a Parliamentary liaison and Special Officer to the Minister. She was a Project Manager with UNDP Malaysia on a project that focused on increasing the participation of persons with disabilities in the workforce in the state of Johor (2008-2010). She also worked as a Programme Manager at Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family that works to advance human rights for women in Muslim contexts, in both their public and private lives.She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Masters in Southeast Asian Studies, Bachelor in Global Studies and a certificate in Global Cultures.

suriani kempe
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maya ganesh

Maya Indira Ganesh is a feminist technology researcher, speaker, and writer with a hybrid portfolio of work across arts and cultural organisations, academia, and NGOs. She has two Masters degrees and is a doctoral candidate at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany. Since 2008 she has worked as a researcher and information-activist at the intersection of visual digital culture in activism, digital security, and privacy in human rights with Tactical Tech, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and the APC Women’s Rights Programme. Prior to this Maya worked with international organisations like UNICEF, and Indian feminist movements on HIV/AIDS prevention, SRHR, and gender-based violence. She lives in Berlin, Germany.

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rozana isa

Rozana Isa has been in the women’s rights movement for two decades. She is currently the Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a non-governmental organisation working on the rights of Muslim women within the framework of Islam. A graduate in accounting, she began her activism with the Women’s Aid Organisation in 1999. Over the years, she was exposed to the challenges faced by women to have their rights recognised and exercised in a context of increasing politicisation of race and religion within a democratic nation with parallel legal systems. Rozana believes that knowledge, engagement and community building are part of the key ingredients to address ethno-religious extremisms and to raise consciousness on gender equality.

rozana isa
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melissa akhir

Melissa is a founder and partner at Kemban Kolektif: a feminist, intergenerational and collaborative consultancy particularly in the intersections of gender within larger human rights. She has multisectoral experience in access to justice, gender equality and children’s human rights in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. She was a human rights advocate at WCC Penang and WAO for almost 10 years. Prior to NGO work, she was a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Federal Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers for almost 10 years.

melissa akhir
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niluka gunawardena

Niluka Gunawardena is an educator, researcher and disability rights advocate based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Niluka earned a Master of Arts degree in Disability and Gender (Distinction) from the University of Leeds, and she teaches Disability Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She is a consultant and curriculum developer for the University of Colombo. She is a faculty member of the Disability Sexuality and Rights Online Institute (DSROI) hosted by CREA. Niluka has taught Geography and Earth Science to secondary school students for several years and is currently working on introducing Mindfulness to school children and educators in conjunction with the Open University of Sri Lanka. Niluka regularly conducts community training workshops on Disability Rights using the CRPD-SDGs framework for a multitude of NGOs and DPOs. She also influences disability inclusive corporate policy
by leading disability rights awareness sessions for corporations.  As a researcher, she has worked on evidence based policy for organisations like the Human Environment Research Observatory, Equal Ground and BBC. She is a co-founder of The Spectrum, a peer support group for individuals with psychosocial disabilities and Union of Abilities, a peer group for youth with physical disabilities in Sri Lanka. She is a Board member of Women Enabled International and serves on the Disability Advisory Panel of HYPE Sri Lanka.

niluka gunawardena
madhavi

madhavi joshi

Madhavi Joshi is Senior Programme Director of the Centre for Environment Education and manages the Youth Programmes and the Rural Programmes Group at the centre. Madhavi is involved in urban programmes in the areas of waste management, sustainable mobility, and greening. Leading the Rural Programmes, she is involved in capacity building of women elected representatives, sustainable livelihoods and water management programmes. As coordinator for the youth programmes, Madhavi initiated the South Asia Youth Environment Network with UNEP’s support, conducting programmes in the region. She has worked in social and communications research at the Space Applications Centre, ISRO for 5 years, before joining CEE in 1993. Madhavi has over 30 years of experience designing, implementing and leading education and communication projects in the area of sustainable development. She has led major national programmes and campaigns in partnership with UN agencies, National Ministries, and other partners. She has authored a number of papers and contributed to publications in the area of communication and education for sustainable development. Madhavi has a Masters in Social Work. 

madhavi joshi
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farhanah

Farhanah has been working in the intersection of digital rights and security, gender and sexuality, media, and labour issues since she graduated from Communication Science in 2010. Currently, she is a fellow for Digital Defenders Partnership and an editor for the technology section on a workers-owned cultural online media, Jurnalruang.com. She has been involved in a digital literacy initiative for young people—KEMUDI, is a part of the research and education team for SINDIKASI—a media and creative workers union, and a board member of Pamflet, an organisation working on research, archiving, and publication on youth issues and human rights.

farhanah
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mary jane real

Mary Jane N. Real is the Co-Lead of Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia & Pacific (UAF A&P), a newly established organisation that provides rapid response grants and supports women and non-binary human rights defenders at risk in Asia and the Pacific. She is a founding member and former Coordinator of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. A lawyer and a long-time advocate for women’s human rights, she has worked with various international, regional and national organisations and initiatives in different capacities including as current Board member of Front Line Defenders and Jass Associates.

mary jane real
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lyana khairuddin

Dr Lyana Khairuddin is Political Adviser at the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur. She founded the social movement #bringbackthekebaya in 2016, promoting the celebration of Malay culture and women empowerment through this traditional blouse. Lyana trained as a virologist, with published international works in Human Papillomavirus (HPV; the virus known to cause cervical cancer) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Her former column, NaturalLy, published by The Star Media Group commented on socio- and identity politics in Malaysia.

lyana khairuddin
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mary gyknell tangente | gyky

As the Advocacy Officer of GALANG Philippines, she facilitates the organization’s engagement with local and national bodies to bring into mainstream consciousness the pressing issues and concerns of lesbians, bisexual women, and trans men living in urban poor communities. After completing her Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences (Major in Social Anthropology-Minor in History) from the University of the Philippines Baguio, Gyky joined GALANG as a Community Organizer. This position provided her with critical insights on ground-level realities that fuel her passion to tirelessly advocate for equality, diversity, and LGBT rights.

mary gyknell tangente | gyky
menka

menka goundan

Menka currently works as the Senior Program Manager at the Fiji Women’s Fund, where she manages grant administration and capacity support. She previously worked at the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement as the Team Leader- Gender and Transitional Justice and prior to that as a Research Officer. She has also worked at the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding as a Research Officer. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management and Public Administration and Tourism Studies at the University of the South Pacific where she is also pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies. Menka also has a Professional Certificate in Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership from the Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, US.
Menka is Fijian of Indian Descent and a human rights feminist activist based in Suva, Fiji. She is a former Secretary of the NGO Coalition on Human Rights in Fiji. In her short career of 7 years, she has done research in Gender and Peacebuilding Transistional Justice, Restorative Justice, Women’s Economic Empowerment in Fiji, Women’s Access to Justice in Fiji, Gender Gap in Fiji and the Pacific.
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Vietnam

  • Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP)

Indonesia

  • Aliansi Satu Visi (ASV);
  • CEDAW Working Group;
  • Hollaback! Jakarta;
  • Institut Kapal Perempuan;
  • Kalyanamitra;
  • Komnas Perempuan;
  • Remaja Independen Papua/Independent Youth
    Forum Papua (FRIP/IYFP);
  • Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia (PKBI);
  • Perkumpulan Lintas Feminis Jakarta;
  • Perkumpulan Pamflet Generasi;
  • RUTGERS Indonesia;
  • Sanggar SWARA;
  • Women on Web;
  • Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan (YKP); 
  • YIFOS Indonesia

Maldives

  • Hope for Women
  • Society for Health Education (SHE)
about ARROW

about ARROW

We have consultative status with the economic and social
council of the united nations.

ARROW strives to enable women, non-binary people and young people to be equal citizens in all aspects of their lives by ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and rights are achieved.

Established in 1993 upon a needs assessment arising out of a regional women’s health project, where the originating vision was to create a resource center that would ‘enable women to better define and control their lives’, ARROW is a regional non-profit women and young people’s organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

We have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) of the United Nations. We work closely with many national partners in countries, regional and global networks around the world, and are able to reach stakeholders in 120 countries.

An equal, just and equitable world, where every woman, non-binary person and young person, in all our diversities, enjoy our full sexual and reproductive rights.

To promote and defend women’s, non-binary people’s and young people’s rights and needs, particularly in the areas of sexuality and health, and affirm their agency to claim these rights.

  1. Systems, policies and programmes are reoriented to:
    • Upholding gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights; and
    • Ensuring that health systems deliver comprehensive, gender- sensitive, rights-based and youth friendly services for sexual and reproductive health that are accessible, just, equitable and of the highest quality.
  2. Women’s, young people’s and civil society organisations are strong and effective in:
    • Conceptualising and clarifying perspectives on sexual and reproductive rights and larger development issues that impact women and marginalised communities
    • Influencing policy agenda that affirms women’s and young people’s sexuality and rights;
    • Holding governments and donors accountable to international and national commitments and obligations
    • Gaining sustained participation and representation in decision-making spaces.
  3. Women and young people’s lives and health outcomes improve, particularly in the area of SRHR, especially for the poor and marginalised.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Sivananthi-Thanenthiran

sivananthi thanenthiran | siva

Siva is currently the Executive Director of ARROW. Before joining ARROW, she explored different career choices in her life, which included teaching at a university, running a magazine across three countries and working for the United Nations. These different opportunities helped her discover her passion for writing and learning and form her ideals of working in partnerships and respecting diversity.

She has co-written and edited books on sustainable development and urbanization as part of her work with the Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI), a regional project of UNDP. She was also a committee member of the Women’s Candidacy Initiative (WCI), which ran candidates on a women’s rights issues platform.

Siva co-authored ARROW’s ICPD+15 and ICPD+20 Asia-Pacific monitoring reports and has written numerous articles and presented papers on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has been able to expand the work of ARROW to examine more closely the inter-linkages of sexual and reproductive health and rights with critical development issues such as poverty, food security, climate change and migration. Under Siva’s leadership, the organization’s working partnerships have expanded to 17 countries in the region as well as regional and global networks and organisations.

She occasionally writes for local newspapers on issues that she thinks are of crucial importance in her country and views this as her contribution to the society in which she lives.

sivananthi thanenthiran | siva
executive director
sai jyothirmai racherla | sai

sai jyothirmai racherla | sai

Sai Jyothirmai Racherla (Sai) comes with training in Nutrition and Population Sciences, and 18 years of experience working on issues of right to health, maternal health and rights, gender, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She is an activist, a trainer, a researcher and advocate of women’s rights.

At ARROW, she has been involved in the advocacy and monitoring of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, ICPD Programme of Action, and successfully coordinated the Global South monitoring of the 20 years of implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in five regions of Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and Northern Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2013. This monitoring and advocacy initiative was carried out in 49 countries across the Global South using a right based SRHR indicator framework. She has been active in Post-2015 processes leading up to the Agenda 2030 at the UN, and has been selected for all the Inter-Agency Expert Group Meetings on SDG indicators thus far on behalf of civil society.

She has co-authored the reclaiming and redefining rights – ICPD+15 Status of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Asia, and coordinated the related series of publications on reproductive autonomy, maternal mortality and morbidity, sexuality and rights, poverty food security SRHR, analysing SRHR under CEDAW and pathways to universal access to reproductive health in Asia.

Her other area of work currently focuses on young people SRHR accountability, monitoring and advocacy.

sai jyothirmai racherla | sai
deputy executive director
rosnani

rosnani hitam | nani

Nani has been with ARROW since 2004. In the past she has worked with the Asian-Pacific Development Centre, an inter-governmental organisation. She studied Mass Communications and holds a Diploma in Public Relations from the University Technology Mara (UiTM). She is passionate about women’s rights and believes that all women can be happy, healthy and successful in every area of their lives.

rosnani hitam | nani
executive officer
biplabi

biplabi shrestha | bipu

Biplabi’s involvement and work on women and young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) are inspired by the lived realities of women and girls in Asia. Prior to ARROW, her work in Nepal focused on capacity strengthening of women and young people at the local and national level on HIV related issues.

At ARROW, as a programme officer from 2009-2012 and as senior programme officer from 2014-2016, she has coordinated multi-country partnership projects such as Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP) in South Asia and Right Here Right Now (RHRN), that are focused on improving women and young people’s SRR.

As a programme manager at ARROW from 2017-2019, Biplabi managed ARROW’s programme that builds constituencies with new organisations and alliances to develop knowledge and ownership of gender, feminism, and SRR issues by strengthening the linkages between issues that pose challenges to the SRR agenda such as but not limited to climate change, conflict and crisis situations, disability, migration, food insecurity, religious fundamentalism and conservatism.

Biplabi holds a master degree in Gender and Peace Building from University for Peace in Costa Rica with a full scholarship from Asian-Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS).

biplabi shrestha | bipu
programme director
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garima shrivastava

Garima is an intersectional feminist with keen interest in research and
advocacy on reproductive justice and access to Safe Abortion. She was
awarded the Netherlands fellowship award to pursue a Masters in Gender and
Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. She
also holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) in political science from
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

At her earlier position, Garima worked as Assistant Coordinator with
Asia Safe Abortion Partnership. In this role she worked extensively
with youth from across Asia. She is an experienced trainer and
facilitator. Garima specialises in strategic planning, grant management
and program management.

garima shrivastava
programme manager
aarushi-khanna

aarushi khanna

Aarushi, from India, has a background in monitoring, evaluation and research with a focus on gender. Aarushi has prior experience of working with donor, research and bilateral organisations in managing portfolios that include projects around gender equality and reproductive health. Prior to joining ARROW she was working as a Research Associate with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Aarushi also holds a masters degree in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Apart from work, she loves to doodle, try different kinds of food and travel.

aarushi khanna
programme officer
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nawmi naz chowdhury | naz

Nawmi Naz Chowdhury is a lawyer by training and has a background in law and human rights. She completed her LLM from the University of Sussex and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012. Her prior experience of working in a legal aid providing organisation enabled her to do research and advocacy in the field of access to justice rights of marginalised communities and on discriminatory laws and practices affecting women and girls to advocate for unrestricted access to opportunities, services and information in a protected environment. She has experience in the development and coordination of research projects focused on women, girls and disability rights issues and on cross-cutting topics including gender-based violence, corporal punishment, sexual and reproductive health and rights and on equality, anti-discrimination and worker’s rights. She is also experienced in providing capacity strengthening trainings on orienting civil society members, lawyers and young activists on topics related to law, disability and sexual and reproductive rights, regional and international advocacy and on international human rights mechanisms of UN treaty and charter bodies. Her recent publication includes her paper on access to justice rights of women with disabilities published under the South Asia Institute Südasien’s Issue 1/2016, a special volume on violence against women. She is also an Asia Foundation Development Fellow from the cohort of 2018.

nawmi naz chowdhury | naz
programme manager
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momota hena

Momota has a strong background in public health with prior work experience on SRHR. She is a youth rights enthusiast and has recently completed her Masters in Public Health from Lund University, Sweden with a Swedish Institute Scholarship. While studying in Sweden she also worked with a student organisation focused on SRHR for young people. Besides that, she also worked with WHO: CC and Lund University in different research projects. Back in Bangladesh, she worked on multiple SRHR-related projects for two years.

momota hena
programme officer
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deepa chandra

Deepa is a Programme Officer, with a passion for gender equality, women’s rights and education. At ARROW, she works on the programme focusing on building new constituencies for sexual and reproductive rights (SRR). The programme also looks at the linkages of SRR with other issues such as climate change, food (in)security, migration, conservatism, and conflict. Apart from coordinating multi-country partnership programmes on climate change and SRHR, Deepa is also part of the capacity strengthening team that organises and facilitates trainings on intersectionality in SRHR advocacy. She also coordinates a project of ARROW that looks at the intersections between SRHR and sports. She has experience in training and development and her years spent in the areas of politicisation of ethnicity and religion and gender-based violence, has expanded her knowledge on feminism and fuelled her passion for dismantling the patriarchy to achieve gender equality. She believes in creating spaces for conversations, as well as the creation of our own narratives.

deepa chandra
programme officer
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keshia mahmood

Keshia is part of the Communications team and manages Arrow’s website and online resource centre, e-newsletters and social media. She is the regional coordinator for the Asia Network to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), a platform that aims to build stronger relationships and collaboration between organisations, activists, and researchers working to end FGM/C across Asia. Keshia also supports and facilitates capacity strengthening trainings on intersectionality in SRHR advocacy. Prior to joining ARROW, Keshia was a journalist and web copy editor at The Sun Daily where she edited local and foreign news articles for the newspaper’s website and managed its social media channels. As a journalist, she has covered issues ranging from general news, politics and business to lifestyle, entertainment and community-centric stories. She holds a degree in Communications with a major in Journalism. She went on to pursue her Masters in Communication where she wrote her thesis on the Malaysian media’s portrayal of foreign domestic workers and its effect on public perception. She is passionate about women’s rights and gender equality.

keshia mahmood
programme officer
evie

evelynne gomez | evie

Evelynne is a Programme Officer with the Communications team at ARROW. Working predominantly on Publications, she is the Managing Editor of ARROW’s serial flagship journal, ARROW For Change. Furthermore, she runs the Gender Equality Initiative project in Malaysia which focuses on progressing rights for women, girls, and LGBTIQ+ communities in the country. Apart from communications and project management, she is a facilitator in ARROW’s InterSEXionality workshops, running sessions on gender, sexuality and SOGIESC issues. Prior to ARROW, she worked at the national level in Malaysia on issues surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and gender equality, with particular emphasis on the areas of gender-based violence and the politicisation of ethnicity and religion. Evelynne holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Sociology and Communications and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Gender, Media and Culture Studies where she wrote her thesis on how social media has been used by LGBT audiences to influence the subversion of heteronormativity in mainstream television in the United States. She is passionate about creating spaces for youth in which they can discuss and build awareness on gender equality and SRHR.

evelynne gomez | evie
programme officer
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fara rom

Fara started her journey as a volunteer in the field of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in 2016 and found her passion by doing outreach work for Negeri Sembilan Family Planning Association (NSFPA) while she was studying. She continued her involvement in Sexual Reproductive Health by actively volunteering for Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan Family Reproductive Health Association (SWP FReHA) and the Federation of Reproductive Health Association Malaysia (FRHAM) and was trained as a peer educator in 2017. She engages in different human rights issues too as she believes the issues of SRHR intersects with other pressing issues like child rights, refugee rights and poverty. She started a platform called For Youth Initiative Kuala Lumpur (FYIKL) which focuses on online SRHR advocacy.

fara rom
programme officer
Fir (2021)

firzana redzuan | fir

Firzana (Fir) is a social media consultant working with ARROW’s Information and Communications team. She is a law graduate awaiting her Call to the Bar after completing 9 months of pupillage at a civil and criminal litigation firm. Fir obtained her law degree from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and is currently undergoing a Diploma in Syariah and Practice at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), in pursuit of advocating for Muslim women and families in Malaysia. Fir is also the Founder and President of Monsters Among Us (MAU), a youth-led NGO that upholds children’s rights and combats child sexual abuse. MAU was initiated as a symposium in 2017 when Fir was the President of IIUM’s Asian Law Students’ Association (ALSA IIUM) and is now registered as a society under the Registry of Societies.

firzana redzuan | fir
shamala

shamala chandrasekaran

Shamala Chandrasekaran has over 8 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, development, implementation and management of programmes, with particular focus on HIV, harm reduction, key populations, community capacity building, proposal writing and donor reporting at the local and national levels. Prior to joining ARROW, Shamala served as the National Programme Manager at a national NGO and was instrumental for the outcomes of support areas which includes technical and management support to partner organizations, monitoring systems, performance management of partner organizations and capacity building. Her professional experience also include contributing to the design and implementation of innovative community based prevention programmes with the Ministry of Health Malaysia for people who inject drugs, sex workers, MSM, and transgender people. Shamala has co-authored several publications with the HIV sector within the Ministry of Health Malaysia.

shamala chandrasekaran
advocacy manager
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emily yip

Emily is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She has more than 20 years experience in HR, tax, finance and accounting, having worked with various companies including  telecommunications, IT system integration and interior design constructions listed on SGX. She loves travelling for holidays and appreciates food, with cooking being her passion.

emily yip
operations director
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wong chooi fong

Chooi Fong has years of experience working in various companies in the fields of Housing Development, Hospitality, Interior Design Constructions and Management. She graduated from Wawasan Open University (WOU). Apart from work, she loves travelling and reading.

wong chooi fong
finance manager
azmilia kamil

azmilia kamil

Azmilia ‘Mia’ Kamil graduated from University Technology Mara (UiTM) and majored in finance. She just celebrated her 10th anniversary as an Accountant. She has working experience from various industries such as advertising, property and manufacturing where she has been involved with all types of financial reporting exercises, striving to meet due dates. In other words, she has an eye for due dates. Apart from work, she loves reading, outdoors activities and travelling. Before joining ARROW, Mia participated in a project under UNICEF and currently in her spare time, she volunteers in a project associated with RJK – “Rumah Jalinan Kasih”, which aids underprivileged children.

azmilia kamil
finance officer
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wani azman

Wani has worked in the tourism sector, event management, publications, and the health and fitness industry. Prior to joining ARROW, she worked with an NGO under the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) on a programme for the rural community that reached out to students, the unemployed and underemployed, single parents and aspiring youth to make them a vital force in the ECER’s growth. Wani says she is constantly inspired by women who stand on their own feet and speak up for their rights.

wani azman
administrative officer
Rashidah-Abdullah

rashidah abdullah

Rashidah is a keen policy-oriented researcher, writer and activist. She has led the conceptualisation, coordination and report writing of a number of national, regional and international research and evaluation projects aimed at programme and policy change to benefit women. Rashidah has been a founder of a number of innovative NGOs, including the Women’s Centre Action Group in Western Australia, Women’s Aid Organisation for battered women, Sisters in Islam, ARROW, the Global Forum for Health Research (Geneva) and the Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM).

Rashidah has been a consultant and a technical advisor for a number of international organisations, including UNESCO, UNFPA, IPPF, and WHO, as well as the Malaysian government and a number of women’s NGOs. Besides research and advocacy, she also has enjoyed writing and editing many publications on violence against women, gender and development, sexual and reproductive health, population policy, monitoring and advocacy, men’s responsibility, women’s health and rights, and Islam and women’s rights.

Rashidah is currently active in a number of capacities RRAAM, the Malaysian Aids Council, Sisters in Islam, and the Women’s Aid Organization (WAO). She now works as an activist and independent consultant in the areas of women’s health and sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s rights and NGO organisational development.

rashidah abdullah
co-founder
Rita-Raj

rita raj (1944-2006)

Rita Raj founded ARROW in 1993 with Rashidah Abdullah and remained a director until 1996. Before ARROW, Rita worked for 10 years with the Malaysian Federation of Family Planning Associations.

Rita joined the Asian and Pacific Development Centre (APDC) in 1988 and teamed up with Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) to coordinate WAO’s path breaking national domestic violence research, which helped influence legislation in Malaysia. She was a co-coordinator for the seven-country feminist research study of the International Research on Reproductive Rights and Action Group (IRRRAG) project and also supported International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific.

Rita went on to study traditional Chinese medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture in Massachusetts, United States and became a licensed acupuncturist, fulfilling a life-long dream to become a healer. She continued her work in women’s health through her involvement with the Boston Women’s Health Collective, UNFPA and Rutgers University Center for Global Women’s Leadership. Throughout her life, Rita inspired many with her deep commitment to the inequities and injustices many women face, which she translated into action to improve women’s health and rights around the world. She passed away on 23 November 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts and is dearly missed.

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co-founder
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tham hui ying

Hui Ying is a human rights practitioner with over 9 years of experience in legal and rights-based advocacy. She is currently the Executive Director of Asylum Access Malaysia, a Malaysian refugee rights organisation that aims towards making human rights a reality for refugees in Malaysia through a combination of policy advocacy, legal services and community legal empowerment. As Executive Director, she oversees the organisational pursuit of impact and is directly responsible for promoting systemic change through advocacy to ensure all refugees in Malaysia are able to live safely, move freely, work fairly and rebuild their lives. Prior to joining Asylum Access Malaysia, Hui Ying was a practicing litigator where she worked on issues affecting gender equality and child rights. She previously served as President of the Association of Women Lawyers, Malaysia and is the former Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights (APPRN) Southeast Asia Working Group. Hui Ying has a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B) from the University of Reading and a Master’s in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, which she received as a Chevening Scholar. She has been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales, and the Malaysian Bar.

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virisila buadromo

Virisila Buadromo is a Pacific feminist and political activist who co-leads the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and the Pacific – the first rapid response grant maker for women and non binary human rights defenders for the regions. Prior to joining UAF A&P – Virisila was at the helm of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement for 14 years. Virisila has a background in media and communications. She was given the ‘International Women of Courage’ award in 2008 by the US Government and the inaugural ‘Courage Award’ by ‘Women have Wings’ (established in memory of Amelia Earhart) in 2012. Virisila plays a leading representational role at national, regional and international levels.

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suri

suriani kempe

Suri is a Co-founder of Kemban Kolektif, that provides consulting services linked to the entire project life-cycle using feminist and inter-sectional lens, particularly in the areas of gender, human rights and its intersections-sexual and reproductive health rights. Prior to that, Suri held the portfolio for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for the United Nations Development Programme in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. She was responsible for the development and implementation of gender thematic programmes and integrating a gender perspective into the design and implementation of UNDP’s initiatives as well as strengthening the agenda on inclusion, resilience and sustainability. Her other work experiences include working with the civil society organisation, Sisters in Islam, advocating for Muslim women’s rights; and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development as a Parliamentary liaison and Special Officer to the Minister. She was a Project Manager with UNDP Malaysia on a project that focused on increasing the participation of persons with disabilities in the workforce in the state of Johor (2008-2010). She also worked as a Programme Manager at Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family that works to advance human rights for women in Muslim contexts, in both their public and private lives.She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Masters in Southeast Asian Studies, Bachelor in Global Studies and a certificate in Global Cultures.

suriani kempe
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maya ganesh

Maya Indira Ganesh is a feminist technology researcher, speaker, and writer with a hybrid portfolio of work across arts and cultural organisations, academia, and NGOs. She has two Masters degrees and is a doctoral candidate at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany. Since 2008 she has worked as a researcher and information-activist at the intersection of visual digital culture in activism, digital security, and privacy in human rights with Tactical Tech, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and the APC Women’s Rights Programme. Prior to this Maya worked with international organisations like UNICEF, and Indian feminist movements on HIV/AIDS prevention, SRHR, and gender-based violence. She lives in Berlin, Germany.

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rozana isa

Rozana Isa has been in the women’s rights movement for two decades. She is currently the Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a non-governmental organisation working on the rights of Muslim women within the framework of Islam. A graduate in accounting, she began her activism with the Women’s Aid Organisation in 1999. Over the years, she was exposed to the challenges faced by women to have their rights recognised and exercised in a context of increasing politicisation of race and religion within a democratic nation with parallel legal systems. Rozana believes that knowledge, engagement and community building are part of the key ingredients to address ethno-religious extremisms and to raise consciousness on gender equality.

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melissa akhir

Melissa is a founder and partner at Kemban Kolektif: a feminist, intergenerational and collaborative consultancy particularly in the intersections of gender within larger human rights. She has multisectoral experience in access to justice, gender equality and children’s human rights in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. She was a human rights advocate at WCC Penang and WAO for almost 10 years. Prior to NGO work, she was a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Federal Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers for almost 10 years.

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niluka gunawardena

Niluka Gunawardena is an educator, researcher and disability rights advocate based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Niluka earned a Master of Arts degree in Disability and Gender (Distinction) from the University of Leeds, and she teaches Disability Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She is a consultant and curriculum developer for the University of Colombo. She is a faculty member of the Disability Sexuality and Rights Online Institute (DSROI) hosted by CREA. Niluka has taught Geography and Earth Science to secondary school students for several years and is currently working on introducing Mindfulness to school children and educators in conjunction with the Open University of Sri Lanka. Niluka regularly conducts community training workshops on Disability Rights using the CRPD-SDGs framework for a multitude of NGOs and DPOs. She also influences disability inclusive corporate policy
by leading disability rights awareness sessions for corporations.  As a researcher, she has worked on evidence based policy for organisations like the Human Environment Research Observatory, Equal Ground and BBC. She is a co-founder of The Spectrum, a peer support group for individuals with psychosocial disabilities and Union of Abilities, a peer group for youth with physical disabilities in Sri Lanka. She is a Board member of Women Enabled International and serves on the Disability Advisory Panel of HYPE Sri Lanka.

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madhavi

madhavi joshi

Madhavi Joshi is Senior Programme Director of the Centre for Environment Education and manages the Youth Programmes and the Rural Programmes Group at the centre. Madhavi is involved in urban programmes in the areas of waste management, sustainable mobility, and greening. Leading the Rural Programmes, she is involved in capacity building of women elected representatives, sustainable livelihoods and water management programmes. As coordinator for the youth programmes, Madhavi initiated the South Asia Youth Environment Network with UNEP’s support, conducting programmes in the region. She has worked in social and communications research at the Space Applications Centre, ISRO for 5 years, before joining CEE in 1993. Madhavi has over 30 years of experience designing, implementing and leading education and communication projects in the area of sustainable development. She has led major national programmes and campaigns in partnership with UN agencies, National Ministries, and other partners. She has authored a number of papers and contributed to publications in the area of communication and education for sustainable development. Madhavi has a Masters in Social Work. 

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farhanah

Farhanah has been working in the intersection of digital rights and security, gender and sexuality, media, and labour issues since she graduated from Communication Science in 2010. Currently, she is a fellow for Digital Defenders Partnership and an editor for the technology section on a workers-owned cultural online media, Jurnalruang.com. She has been involved in a digital literacy initiative for young people—KEMUDI, is a part of the research and education team for SINDIKASI—a media and creative workers union, and a board member of Pamflet, an organisation working on research, archiving, and publication on youth issues and human rights.

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mary jane real

Mary Jane N. Real is the Co-Lead of Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia & Pacific (UAF A&P), a newly established organisation that provides rapid response grants and supports women and non-binary human rights defenders at risk in Asia and the Pacific. She is a founding member and former Coordinator of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. A lawyer and a long-time advocate for women’s human rights, she has worked with various international, regional and national organisations and initiatives in different capacities including as current Board member of Front Line Defenders and Jass Associates.

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lyana khairuddin

Dr Lyana Khairuddin is Political Adviser at the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur. She founded the social movement #bringbackthekebaya in 2016, promoting the celebration of Malay culture and women empowerment through this traditional blouse. Lyana trained as a virologist, with published international works in Human Papillomavirus (HPV; the virus known to cause cervical cancer) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Her former column, NaturalLy, published by The Star Media Group commented on socio- and identity politics in Malaysia.

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mary gyknell tangente | gyky

As the Advocacy Officer of GALANG Philippines, she facilitates the organization’s engagement with local and national bodies to bring into mainstream consciousness the pressing issues and concerns of lesbians, bisexual women, and trans men living in urban poor communities. After completing her Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences (Major in Social Anthropology-Minor in History) from the University of the Philippines Baguio, Gyky joined GALANG as a Community Organizer. This position provided her with critical insights on ground-level realities that fuel her passion to tirelessly advocate for equality, diversity, and LGBT rights.

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menka

menka goundan

Menka currently works as the Senior Program Manager at the Fiji Women’s Fund, where she manages grant administration and capacity support. She previously worked at the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement as the Team Leader- Gender and Transitional Justice and prior to that as a Research Officer. She has also worked at the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding as a Research Officer. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management and Public Administration and Tourism Studies at the University of the South Pacific where she is also pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies. Menka also has a Professional Certificate in Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership from the Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, US.
Menka is Fijian of Indian Descent and a human rights feminist activist based in Suva, Fiji. She is a former Secretary of the NGO Coalition on Human Rights in Fiji. In her short career of 7 years, she has done research in Gender and Peacebuilding Transistional Justice, Restorative Justice, Women’s Economic Empowerment in Fiji, Women’s Access to Justice in Fiji, Gender Gap in Fiji and the Pacific.
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Morocco

  • Association Marocaine de Planification Familiale (AMPF),
  • Morocco Family Planning Association

India

  • CommonHealth;
  • Love Matters India;
  • Pravah;
  • Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC);
  • SAHAYOG;
  • Sahaj;
  • Sahiyo;
  • SAMA – Resource Group for Women and Health;
  • WeSpeakOut;
  • The YP Foundation (TYPF)

Lao PDR

  • Lao Women’s Union;
  • The Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Health
    Sciences (UHS)

Sri Lanka

  • Bakamoono;
  • Women and Media Collective (WMC),
  • Youth Advocacy Network – Sri Lanka (YANSL)

Malaysia

  • Federation of Reproductive Health Associations of Malaysia (FRHAM);
  • Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG);
  • Justice for Sisters (JFS);
  • Reproductive Health Association of
    Kelantan (ReHAK);
  • Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM);
  • Sisters in Islam (SIS)

Maldives

  • Hope for Women;
  • Society for Health Education (SHE)

Myanmar

  • Colourful Girls Organization;
  • Green Lotus Myanmar

Nepal

  • Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC);
  • Blind Youth Association of Nepal;
  • Blue Diamond Society (BDS);
  • Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA);
  • Visible Impact;
  • Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC);
  • YPEER Nepal;
  • YUWA

Pakistan

  • Aahung, Centre for Social Policy Development (CSPD);
  • Forum for Dignity Initiative (FDI);
  • Gravity Development Organization; Green Circle Organization;
  • Indus Resources Center (IRC);
  • Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aaghai (ITA);
  • Rehnuma – Family Planning Association Pakistan;
  • Shelter
    Participatory Organisation;
  • Shirkat Gah;
  • The Enlight Lab

Philippines

  • Democratic Socalist Women of the Philippines (DSWP);
  • Galang;
  • Healthcare Without Harm;
  • Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities;
  • Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health;
  • Nisa UI Haqq Fi Bangsamoro;
  • PATH Foundation Inc. (PFPI);
  • Women’s Global Network for
    Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

Singapore

  • End Female Genital Cutting Singapore
  • Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)

Mongolia

  • MONFEMNET National Network