Anti-FGM Feminist Activist

Since 2014, Ms. Diakhoumba Gassama has been an independent International Legal Advisor working with governments, civil society organizations and UN Agencies on increasing women's political participation, their access to justice and realization of human rights through legal reform in Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Arab States regions.


Aleida Ferreyra

Since 2010, Ms. Aleida Ferreyra has been a Policy Electoral Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Programme for the Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS) based in New York.

Ameena AlRasheed

Ameena Alrasheed Nayel, PhD  Leeds University, United Kingdom, Gender Studies. MA in Gender and Culture, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. MA in Public Policy and Administration from the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands. BSc (honours) in Political Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan. Worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Political Science, University of Khartoum, and Teaching Assistant at the Middle Eastern Studies at Leeds University, UK.

Andrea Isabel Ixchíu Hernández

Andrea Ixchíu is a K'iche de Totonicapán woman from Guatemala. She is a journalist and workshop facilitator dedicated to promoting indigenous women’s rights in Guatemala. Since childhood, Andrea has organized local campaigns to denounce violence against women in her community. She now delivers workshops to youth on preventing gender violence.


Barbara Norrander is Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona. She studies gender differences in public opinion and voting behavior. In particular, she has investigated the gender gap in partisanship and issue positions. Professor Norrander also investigates factors influencing the election of women to public office, with special emphasis on explaining the election of women to the 50 U.S. state legislatures.


Catherine Watuka is a civil, anti-war and women rights activist. She is currently the Executive Director of WUSETE (Women United for Social, Economic & Total Empowerment), an NGO which lobbies, advocates and fundraises for women initiatives. She has keen interest in International Relations, and expertise in diplomacy, conflict resolution, peace-building and gender mainstreaming in democratic institutions.

Charles Chauvel

Charles Chauvel left the New Zealand Parliament in March 2013 to begin work in New York as the Parliamentary Development Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme. He was Shadow Attorney-General,  Shadow Minister for Justice, Courts and Corrections, chaired the NZ Parliament’s public accounts committee, scrutiny of regulations committee, and privileges committee, was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney-General, as well as shadow minister for environment, energy, and climate matters.

Charmaine Rodrigues

Charmaine Rodrigues is the Pacific Regional Legislative Strengthening Expert at the UNDP Pacific Center based in Suva. The Center services 3 Pacific country offices and covers a parish of 15 Pacific Island countries. Ms. Rodrigues' work focuses on providing regional and national technical support to Pacific parliaments and parliamentary support projects. Recognizing that the Pacific has the lowest numbers of women parliamentarians in the world, her program also includes support to increase women's representation. Prior to joining UNDP, Ms.


Erika Brockmann

Erika Brockmann is a psychologist by training. She completed graduate studies in gender and development, political science and democracy studies.  Ms.


Dr. Farida Jalalzai is an Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Jalalzai's research analyzes the representation and behavior of women and minorities in politics and the role of gender in the political arena.