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Suzannah Phillips

Interim Executive Director at Women Enabled International

Suzannah brings to this role more than 15 years of experience with intersectional women’s rights advocacy. Since joining WEI in 2015, Suzannah has played an integral role in designing and leading WEI’s groundbreaking programmatic work to advance human rights at the intersection of gender and disability. As Deputy Director, Suzannah conceptualized and led WEI’s project with UNFPA to strengthen access to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services for women and young people with disabilities across the Pacific region. She has trained hundreds of government officials, UN staff, and advocates on gender and disability inclusion. Suzannah also led the development of key institutional publications, including WEI’s Abortion and Disability framing document and our accountABILITY Toolkit.

Suzannah’s staunch commitment to gender justice has been a guiding force throughout her career. Suzannah was the Legal Adviser for International Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), where she engaged in international and regional advocacy to strengthen reproductive rights standards and documented and litigated forced sterilization of Chilean women living with HIV. As Clinical Fellow with the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY School of Law, Suzannah led a project addressing the unjust criminalization of individuals who were trafficked into the sex trade. Suzannah has also provided direct services to survivors of gender-based violence and helped litigate Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. the United States before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Suzannah graduated cum laude from Harvard University and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School. At Columbia, Suzannah was a teaching assistant for the Human Rights Clinic, the Editor-in-Chief of the Spanish Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual (a publication of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review), and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

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