Meet Our Board

We are a team of passionate and skilled human rights advocates.

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Catherine Hyde Townsend

Board President

With over twenty years of experience, Catherine Hyde Townsend is a recognized thought leader on disability inclusion and rights with deep knowledge of the connections between disability and gender....

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Jolly Acen

Vice President

Jolly Acen is a Programme Specialist and Head of Sub Office with UN Women Uganda, before joining UN Women, Jolly served as Executive Secretary of National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda...

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Carissa Janis

Treasurer

Carissa Janis has spent her 30-year career working for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Grants Program Manager and Policy Advisor. Carissa is a national leader in the...

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Jaime Todd-Gher

Secretary

Jaime Todd-Gher is a human rights lawyer specializing in issues of gender, sexuality, and health. Jaime is working as an Independent Consultant and a Fellow in the International Reproductive and Se...

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Niluka Gunawardena

Board Member

Niluka Gunawardena is an educator, researcher, and activist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her understanding of disability is informed by her experience of multiple disabilities and intersectionality...

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Pratima Gurung

Board Member

Ms. Pratima Gurung is an academic activist from Nepal. She has been remarkable in bridging multiple marginalized identities and initiating cross-movement collaboration with intersectional lenses am...

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Tariro Tandi

Board Member

Tariro Tandi is a human rights lawyer by profession currently working with Urgent Action Fund Africa as the Head of Partnerships & Development. She is a member of the Women Enabled International Bo...

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Stephanie Ortoleva

Founder and Board Member Emeritus

Founder’s Herstory Stephanie Ortoleva is an accomplished human rights lawyer and prominent feminist leader, scholar and activist, and herself a woman with a disability, who established Women ...

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