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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Karell is a medical doctor and was recently in the field of genetics research but her first love is public health. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Public Health with interests in health policy and epidemiology. She was first exposed to population, health and environment issues (including SRHR and CC linkages) as a writer-photographer. Karell has been involved in various programs and research studies that promote and advocate universal access to health services, especially for marginalised populations. She hopes to continue to contribute to evidence-based integrated approaches encompassing advocacy and services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kamal Gautam is a dedicated activist on the issues of young people in general, and their SRHR in particular. He holds a master’s degree in International Public Health with specialisation in Sexual and Reproductive Health from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK with a Chevening scholarship.
Before joining ARROW, Kamal worked with Right Here Right Now Nepal Consortium as a National Coordinator where his role was not limited to just the coordination but extended to the advocacy of young people’s SRHR at the national, regional as well as global levels. He has also worked with YUWA, a national organisation in Nepal as well as with International Medical Corps as one of the leads in designing and implementing programmes related to young
people’s SRHR, GBV, comprehensive sexuality education and its advocacy.
He also has a deep interest in qualitative research - exploring experiences, thoughts and feelings, and drawing valuable conclusions to develop evidence-based interventions.
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.
Evelynne is a Programme Officer with the Communications team at ARROW, working predominantly on Publications. She holds 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 previously worked for three years as the Communications Officer at the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), which gave her a strong grounding 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. During her time at AWAM, she was part of several project teams that worked to create spaces for youth in which they were able to come up with projects and creative solutions on issues surrounding gender equality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mun Yee has been working in the accounting field for over 10 years, with experience in the banking sector, shared services center and NGOs. She enjoys the accounting field because of the challenges that come with it, the constant need to handle multiple tasks or reports and meet tight deadlines. Mun Yee believes life is a great big adventure with so much to discover and endless opportunities!
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.