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.
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.
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.
Azra is a researcher and activist with training in sociology and development as well as evaluation techniques, policy and gender analysis having worked at the national and regional levels. She has technical experience in SRHR, intersectionality, poverty, livelihoods, gender equality and empowerment and strong skills in social research, monitoring and evaluation and the use of a range of evidence to communicate and advocate for social change. Currently, at ARROW, she is responsible for the portfolio of work focusing on evidence generation for national, regional and international advocacy on the influence of religion on SRHR. Previously, she worked for the United Nations in Sri Lanka as the Gender Specialist at the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, and with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Senior Information Analyst. She also has experience working in national civil society organizations, research institutions and think tanks in Sri Lanka. Azra was the Senior Programme Officer with ARROW working on Interfaith Advocacy for SRHR, from March 2014 to April 2017.
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.
Dhivya from Malaysia, is a Programme Officer at ARROW. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Science from Monash University where she majored in Pharmacology and Physiology. She is excited about integrating her studied knowledge in reproductive health and her passion for women's rights.
Samreen Shahbaz, from Pakistan, is a Programme Officer at ARROW. Previously, Samreen has worked with Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre as the National Coordinator for Communications, SRHR. She is also the founder of Menstrual Matters, an online campaign to promote menstrual hygiene management and to break the stigma around menstruation through public discussions. She serves as a member on the Board of Directors of Naz Male Health Alliance, Pakistan, a local NGO working for the sexual health of MSM and trans community. Samreen is an Emerging Leaders of Pakistan fellow (South Asia Centre, Atlantic Council) and a Youth Champions Initiative fellow (David and Lucile Packard Foundation).
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.
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 since 2009 and senior programme officer since 2015, 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. She was one of the lead members of RHRN who designed and facilitated processes that led to the establishment of advocacy platforms of youth-led and youth serving organisations and development of a Theory of Change (ToC) for RHRN in four countries in Asia including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and Pakistan. 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 Programme.
Hwei Mian is working on climate change and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women. She has been involved in women’s health since her undergraduate days. Prior to joining ARROW, she was the Head of Programme Services at the Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia (FRHAM). She has also worked with the International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP), Universiti Malaya, and Universiti Putra Malaysia on projects supported by UNFPA, UNAIDS, and the Ford Foundation on SRH, and HIV and AIDS in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uganda. She also coordinated the Small Grants Programme for the Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) to Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand. Her areas of expertise include SRHR, young people’s SRHR, comprehensive sexuality education, maternal health, HIV and AIDS, public health, research, training/talk and project management. She has written articles on women’s SRH and nutrition, as well as publication on interlinkages of population and development. She holds a Masters in Community Health (women’s health), and a Degree in Human Development (nutrition). She also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Christian Ministry from a theological school in Singapore and has worked in a Methodist church in Malaysia.
Nisha is a Programme Officer at ARROW, working with youth-led organizations in South Asia. She has diverse work experience in writing and research, both of which she is passionate about. She graduated from Lancaster University in the UK with a Masters in Gender Studies and English Literature. Having completed her thesis by entwining literature (women's lived stories) and gender studies, her proclivity and passion for women's rights and gender equality was seeded. Having previously worked with Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) was a prolific stepping stone for Nisha into understanding the aspect of rights, policies and law as the cornerstone of women's rights and gender equality. While at WAO, she was involved in a small project with Durex and the Federation of Family Planning Associations (FHRAM) that was aimed at creating sexual health and awareness among the Malaysian youth. Broaching the issue through a feminist lens, addressing consent, gender roles, and sexual and reproductive rights helped prepared her for her current role at ARROW.
Preeti is with the Infocomm team, managing publications, social media and liaising with the international and local media to increase ARROW's visibility and create awareness on SRHR. Before joining ARROW, she was a consultant for UNICEF Malaysia and did a mapping of the alternative learning approaches and programmes for refugee, migrant and indigenous children in Malaysia. She has a decade of experience as a journalist, writing on humanitarian & human rights issues in India and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a Masters in Human Rights and a Post Grad Diploma in Journalism.
Keshia is part of the Communications team and manages Arrow's website and online resource centre, e-newsletters and social media. She was previously 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 excited to be venturing into the women's rights arena, a field she has always been passionate about.
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.
Mary is currently the Operations Director in ARROW. She has worked in Operations, Human Resources and Administration for over 25 years. Prior to joining ARROW, Mary was the Head, People and Strategic Operations Department in WWF-Malaysia and worked with Shell People Services Asia and Shell Malaysia in the acquisition and management of talent. Mary is a certified Behavioural Consultant and Change Management Practitioner. She is a trained trainer on the awareness of HIV/Domestic Violence - a joint program between UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and WIM (Women’s Institute of Management) with which she is a member.
Mei Poh joined ARROW with over 15 years of financial management experience in multifaceted organisations as a Finance and Administration Manager. She has developed a strong business and organisational acumen which has gone beyond financial literacy. She has been trained to understand the real meaning of the numbers and to visualise the decisions and strategies that the numbers are a result of, thus able to create a mental picture of the total organisation. Mei Poh participates in a community project associated with her church entitled HOPE – ‘helping other people’ which focuses on food distribution to the poor, in support of their monthly basic food necessity and social bonding.
Azmilia 'Mia' Kamil graduated from University Technology Mara (UiTM) and majored in finance. She just celebrated her 10th anniversary as an Accountant. Her working experiences were from various type of industries such as advertising, property, 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 traveling. Before joining ARROW, Mia participated in a project under UNICEF and currently on her spare time, she volunteers in a project associated with RJK – “Rumah Jalinan Kasih”, which aids underprivileged children.
Hema has 11 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within human resources and operations at several corporate organisation. Prior to joining ARROW she was attached with LafargeHolcim Malaysia and highly involved in HR Plant Management. She is an active athlete and have represented few organisations for their sport events. Hema also volunteers with organisations that work with at-risk children. She is a trained counsellor for C3G (Centre for Career Coaching & Guidance) which focuses on skills training for underachievers.