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Geetanjali Misra is the co-founder and Executive Director of CREA and co-Director of the Sexuality and Rights Institute in India. She has worked at the activist, grant-making and policy levels on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, human rights and violence against women. She writes on issues of sexuality, gender and rights and co-edited Sexuality, Gender and Rights: Exploring Theory and Practice in South and Southeast Asia (2005).
Gulalai Ismail is a feminist working towards the empowerment of young women in Pakistan. When she was 16 she launched "Aware Girls"; a young women led organisation working for empowering and strengthening the leadership capacity of young women by enabling them to work for social change and advocate for equal access of women to health, education, governance, political participation, and other social services. She is involved with different national and international networks in varied capacities to promote Peace, Gender Equality, and Equity. She received the Global Youth ActionNet Fellowship, 2009 and Paragon Fellowship, 2010 for her efforts to promote HIV prevention awareness among young women of rural areas.
Habiba Akter is the founder and Executive Director (HIV representative) of the Ashar Alo Society and the President of the National Network of People Living with HIV in Bangladesh (NNB+). She works towards support, empowerment and participation of PLHIV, to eliminate stigma and discrimination and to develop a strong platform for PLHIV in Bangladesh. Habiba also engages in policy making, promotes the welfare of PLHIV and leads networking efforts with national and international organisations to ensure services for PLHIV.
Hans Billimoria is a longstanding grass roots activist primarily focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention. He has served as the Programme Manager for the Deep Griha Society's HIV/AIDS interventions and was the founding member of 'Pune City Action Plan' for Injecting Drug Users and the 'Wake Up Pune' Campaign. Hans has set up the Grassrooted Trust in Sri Lanka to collaborate with positive networks and organisations focusing on key affected populations.
Hena Akter has been a sex worker and an activist since 1997. She has been involved with the Sex Workers Network of Bangladesh from its inception and is now working as the secretary of Manusher Jonno Foundation, a prominent NGO in Bangladesh. She is also involved with a feminist organisation called Durjoy Naree Shangha.
Janet Price is a feminist who is passionate about issues of sexuality, disability and social justice. She lives in England and works within the UK and internationally. She is a Trustee of Liverpool-based DaDa (Disability and Deaf Arts). DaDa addresses the lives of disabled people, through disability art, including the major performance festival, DaDaFest, last held in November 2010. Through her involvement, over the last ten years, with CREA (a global feminist human rights organisation, based in N Delhi, who work towards sexual rights for all) Janet has had the opportunity to work with international activists, both in person and through sharing in the development of a web based course, addressing ideas, advocacy and interventions to enhance sexuality and social justice for disabled people. She writes short opinion pieces for campaigning groups and co-edited Feminist Theory and the Body: A Reader (1999) with Margrit Shildrick.
Jannatul Ferdous has been working with the Disability movement in Bangladesh. As a president of the National Council of Disabled Women (NCDW), she works on the Human Rights awareness at grassroots level of Badda Union of Dhaka District. Her work focusses on disabled women, promoting their rights and providing legal support when they are victims of family and social violence. Jannatul has also directed a documentary film, "Uttoron", in which four disabled women talk about their disability and the strength they found after getting involved with the Disability movement in Bangladesh.
Jaime Chow is an epidemiologist and currently works in Canada at a local public health department. Her professional focus is addressing health inequities related to environmental and social factors. She is also a research consultant and has worked on various international health projects related to sexual health and infectious diseases.
Jaya Sharma is one of the founder members of Nirantar, a Centre for Gender and Education based in New Delhi, India. She has been working on issues of gender and education for over twenty years, including as a researcher and trainer. As a queer, feminist activist Jaya has been actively involved in initiating and engaging with queer activist forums. Currently, Jaya is co-ordinating the Sexuality Education initiative within Nirantar. This involves research and advocacy related to young people's right to sexuality education and capacity building on issues of sexuality of community based organisations who are working with rural women from economically marginalised communities.
Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala works as Senior Programme Officer at the Women and Media Collective and as the Research Coordinator of the Women's Support Group in Sri Lanka. Her work at the WSG involves the coordination of an Asia-wide action research on violence against LBT women in Sri Lanka. She is also an avid photographer.
Jessica Horn is a women's rights activist, writer, trainer and founder of Akiiki Consulting. As a consultant and activist she has worked on initiatives around advancing sexual rights, ending violence against women, supporting women living with HIV and ensuring women's rights in post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding. Jessica currently serves on the boards of Mama Cash and Urgent Action Fund-Africa, and is an advisor to the African Leadership Centre (focusing on security and development) and the journal Development. She is a founder member of the African Feminist Forum Working Group.
Jeeja Ghosh is a disabled rights activist working with the Kolkata based NGO, the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, as the head of Advocacy & Disability Studies. Her particular area of interest is disabled women. Jeeja was felicitated by the West Bengal Commission for Women on the occasion of International Women's Day in 2004. In 2007 she received the 'Shri N.D. Diwan Memorial Award for Outstanding Professional Services in Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities' by the National Society for Equal Opportunities of the Handicapped (NASEOH), Mumbai. In 2009 she received the 'Role Model Award for Persons with Disabilities' by the Office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, West Bengal.
Joya Sikder has been working with the Hijra community in Bangladesh for the last 14 years. Starting off as an individual activist, she has grown up to be a leading face of the Hijra community representing the issues affecting the Hijras. She is the founder of the Badhon Hijra Shangha, the first and the only registered organisation of the Hijras in Bangladesh. Recently, she has been awarded 'Recognition of Excellence in Leadership' for her work on HIV/AIDS and on the Hijra community by UNAIDS in Bangladesh.
Jyotsna Tamang works as a Research Associate in Center for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities (CREHPA), Nepal. She has worked with CREHPA for the past 9 years mostly on issues related to domestic violence, adolescent health and maternal health.
Kalki Subramaniam is the Founder/Director of 'Sahodari Foundation' an organisation working for the social and economic empowerment of transgender persons. A transgender rights activist, and a transsexual woman herself, she recently launched the world's first matrimonial website for transsexual women called Thirunangai.net. Kalki is the editor of the Tamil magazine for transgender women called 'Thirunangai' and was awarded the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in 2009 by the Lioness Club of Chennai in appreciation of her transgender rights advocacy work. She was also chosen by 'Ananda Vikatan' Tamil magazine as the 'Top Ten Nambikkaikal' (Youth hopes) for the year 2009. She is one among the three Indian women listed as Transsexual Successes in Transsexual Women's Successes Directory. She is the first transsexual woman in India to do a lead role in a mainstream Tamil movie called 'Narthaki'.
Kanchan Pamnani is a solicitor specialising in corporate, testamentary, property and disability law. Her clientele ranges from Indian multinationals and high net worth individuals to NGOs. Her advocacy work in and out of the courts for the visually challenged has been very useful for the community. She has won several awards including the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities awarded by the President of India for Outstanding performance as Role Model of the year in 2009. She is the co-founder of the Beyond Sight Foundation.
Kanwal Qayyum is Program Manager- Institutional Strengthening programme at Rutgers World Population Fund. She has been leading different projects related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Education, and Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Kanwal has been working in the field of Public Health and Mental Health since 2000 with a special focus on RH & HIV in the last ten years.
Kaushalya Perera is a sexual rights activist working with the Women's Support Group (WSG), a support and advocacy group for lesbians, bisexual women and transgendered persons in Sri Lanka. She is a resource person on gender and sexuality for the WSG in its advocacy work in rural areas, where the group works extensively with women community leaders to change attitudes towards women's sexuality. At present, she is engaged in the WSG's efforts to build an oral history archive of Sri Lankan queer women's life histories. She is also a linguist.
Khalida Brohi is a youth activist and social entrepreneur leading the Sughar Program in Pakistan that aims at ending the custom of honour killing by promoting positive traditions and by providing socio-economic empowerment to tribal women. At the age of 22, Khalida is a dedicated entrepreneur and winner of the 'Young Champion Award' by University of Singapore, an Unreasonable Institute Fellow and the winner of the YouthActionNet fellowship award.
Kyla Pasha is a poet, journalist and occasional playwright based in Lahore, Pakistan. She is the founding Editor of Chay Magazine and an Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at Beaconhouse National University. She is the author of High Noon and the Body, a collection of poems (2010) published by Yoda Press.
Lawrence Carter-Long has performed with Heidi Latsky Dance in GIMP since 2007. He is the founder and curator of the groundbreaking 'disTHIS! Film Series: disability through a whole new lens', which has been featured in The New York Times. As a commentator, Lawrence has appeared on the BBC, CNN, NBC's Today Show and NPR, among other regional, national and international outlets. A popular public speaker on a wide array of topics ranging from disability issues to animal advocacy to media literacy, Lawrence regularly facilitates workshops at colleges and conferences across the nation. Lawrence was awarded the 'Frieda Zames Advocacy Award' in 2009 and the Paul G. Hearne Award, which recognises emerging leaders within the national cross-disability civil rights movement, in 2010.
Laxmi Ghalan is the Director of Mitini Nepal. Mitini Nepal was established by Laxmi Ghalan and Meera Bajracharya in March 2005. Since then this organisationhas been working for the rights of sexual minorities of Nepal. They provide counselling, group support and short term loans and arrange accommodation for LBT people when they arrive in kathmandu.
Lubna Tayyab was born in a red light area in Lahore and still lives here. She has worked as General Secretary at SHEED Society since 1999. She works on prevention of STIs and HIV/AIDS among female sex workers, eunuchs and youths, education of the children of sex workers, prevention of violence against sex workers and on the rights of adolescent girls of the sex workers.
Lucky Chhetri is the Founder and Executive Director of Empowering Women of Nepal, (a local grassroots organisation that aims to empower women through adventure tourism and sports) and 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, (a female owned company specialised in providing female guides and assistants). Ms. Chhetri is an Ashoka Fellow.
Lydia Alpizar Duran is a Costa Rican feminist activist who lives in Sao Paulo. She has been the Executive Director of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) since 2007, and was the manager of the 'Where is the Money for Women's Rights'and 'Building Feminist Movements and Organisations' Strategic Initiatives of AWID from 2003-2006. Lydia is co-founder and advisor of ELIGE - Youth Network for Reproductive and Sexual Rights (Mexico), and she is also co-founder of the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Reproductive and Sexual Rights. She is on the Board of Directors for the Global Fund for Women and is a member of the International Council on Human Rights Policy.