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Regional Coordinators

Regional Coordinators

Sima Samar

A doctor from Afghanistan, Sima Samar is a laureate of the Right Livelihood Award (2012). She was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2002 and is now the chair of the first Human Rights Commission in the history of Afghanistan. She is the founder and current chair of the Shuhada Organisation which focuses on livelihood projects, human and women’s rights, and literacy campaigns for women. 

Supawadee Petrat

The director of the Thai Volunteer Service Foundation is an advisor on gender-specific issues in the Women Workers Unity. She was a program coordinator for the Committee for Asian Women, where she was involved in improving the position of women in the labor force. Her special expertise is on the problems facing women workers in Asia and young people in Mekong countries. 

Karen N. Tanada

Karen N. Tanada is executive director of Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, a service base and resource center for peace and conflict resolution in the Philippines that supports citizens’ participation in peace processes. She has been involved in social movements since the 1970s, and in 1987 was one of the founding conveners of the Coalition for Peace. She was also a member of the Preparatory Committee that coordinated the drafting of the Philippine National Action Plan on UNSC-Resolution 1325.

Fadila Memišević

Historian Fadila Memišević is co-founder of the Center for the Documentation of War and Genocide Crimes in Zenica. With the help of the European Committee for Human Rights and Democracy and the prompting of the Hague Tribunal, she was able to conduct investigations on war criminals in some parts of the country. In 1996, she received the Prize for Peace and Human Rights by the eponymous Swiss foundation. Fadila Memišević’s main focus is now on supporting the widows of Srebrenica and survivors of rape and torture in concentration camps. One result of her mediation and reconciliation work was the establishment of the women's organization FOKUS which supports smaller women’s NGOs working for reconciliation and the return of internally displaced people.  

Ute Scheub

In 1978/79, Ute Scheub co-founded the newspaper taz, where she first worked as an editor for ecological issues, then as a member of the editorial team for international and local news, and finally as an editor for feminist affairs. Since 1997, Ute Scheub has been working as a freelance journalist and publicist for various newspapers and magazines. She has written six books, as well as numerous articles, short stories and essays. During the Gulf War (1991) she co-founded Frauenaktion Scheherazade, which runs various projects for women and children in the Afghan province of Nimruz. She has received various prizes, including one for her website visionews which publishes good news and success stories about women and men who end or prevent conflicts.

Faiha Abdulhadi

Our regional representative for Palestine is a writer, poet, research consultant, community activist and lecturer. She has extensive experience in various aspects of research, oral history, gender and other issues of human interest. She has written eight books in addition to various studies and articles. She is a member of the Palestinian National Council and has worked as a consultant researcher to the Office of Gender Planning and Development in the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in Palestine.

Aida Abu Ras

Our regional representative for the Middle East is from Jordan. Now based in Qatar, she has been working in the area of human rights and gender for the past ten years. She is a co-founder and board member of an NGO defending the rights of women migrant workers. Currently, she is regional gender advisor at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) in Beirut.

María Julia Moreyra

María Julia Moreyra is a lawyer based in La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina) and holds a master’s degree in international relations from FLASCO – Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales. She is a specialist on international criminal law and has been a guest professor at several universities in Argentina. Her area of expertise is the International Criminal Court, which addresses genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. She is also a specialist on UNSC-Resolution 1325 on sexual violence against women in armed conflicts. 

Nuria Costa

This PeaceWoman has dedicated her life to the revitalization of the rural areas in Mexico and the recognition of its peoples, especially of rural women. She has co-founded several local, regional and national organizations and networks, including the Centro Nacional de Capacitación del Consorcio Valor Rural and the Red Nacional de Mujeres Rurales, which provides micro-credits for women. For over 40 years she has actively promoted strategies to improve rural women’s rights, both as a civil servant and as an activist. She currently runs a training center and organizes workshops and other activities with women and men in rural areas of Mexico, with a special focus on gender issues. 

Vera Vieira

The Executive Director of the Brazilian PWAG office is a journalist and holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of São Paulo. From 2009 to 2011, she was the Brazilian coordinator of the Association for Progressive Communications/Women’s Networking Support Program. She developed the Feminist Popular Education Methodology for Working with Women and Men against Domestic Violence which she adapts for her workshops tackling trafficking in women and sexual violence.

Yasmine Arafa

As a legal expert and research associate at the University for Peace, UPEACE, Yasmine Arafa had the chance to take part in projects on conflict resolution and peace studies. She took part in many community volunteer activities, as she monitored the Egyptian parliamentary elections in 2010 and 2011, and participated in two anti-sexual harassment campaigns. She is also the co-author of a book project called Rediscovering Nonviolent History, Civil Resistance beneath Eulogized Violence, which is part of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict book series on civic resistance. 

Fatoumata Maiga

The founder and president of the Association des Femmes pour les Initiatives de Paix lives in Bamako, Mali. She is chairwomen of the board of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, secretary general of the Réseau Paix et Sécurité des Femmes de L’Espace CEDEAO and member of the Disaster Assistance Response Team of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS. She has written on the role of women in conflict resolution and management, especially during the Tuareg conflict, and is a member of the Centre for Conflict Resolution

Rose Wawuda Ouko

Our representative in Kenya works as a gender officer for a network of peace activists, the Coalition for Peace in Africa. She has attended training courses conducted by Pact Kenya on resource mobilization and monitoring and evaluation. Formerly the project manager of the PWAG project, Training Women to be Leaders in Peacebuilding, she has experience of implementing capacity-building programs and programs concerning women.

Aanchal Kapur

A political scientist, Aanchal Kapur has been working in the field of social development and human rights for over 20 years as a researcher, facilitator-trainer and communication specialist on a wide range of issues, with a special focus on gender and development. Her professional work began in 1991 with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia. In 1999, she founded KRITI: a development research, praxis and communication team in New Delhi. KRITI provides organizational development guidance, capacity-building training, and research services to various target groups including national and international NGOs, companies, UN organizations, the media and students.

Caroline Monteiro

As the founder of several Indonesian women’s networks such as ARTS for WOMEN, Caroline Monteiro has been involved in social movements since the early 1990s, including the social-democratic movement against the military regime. She is a member of the Indonesian Women's Coalition (KPI) and a facilitator for gender issues in the Empowering Education Peace Facilitator Network and Women & IT Rights Network. Since 2008, she has focused on documentary film production and art projects through Women Books & Videos Publishing, a newly founded association for art and women.

She has published 13 women's books and has produced several documentaries with other organisations, as well as 3 documentaries for PWAG Indonesia.

She is currently editing a new documentary about Sumba island in Eastern Indonesia. She is also working on other publications for women.

Zainap Gaschaeva

An economist from Chechnya, Zainap Gaschaeva is president of Echo of War, an inter-regional humanitarian NGO that promotes peace and brings together Russian and Chechen women. During the Chechen War and up to the present day, she assembled a substantial archive of photographs and films documenting human rights violations perpetrated by members of the Russian armed forces. For political reasons she is currently living in Switzerland.