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Craig Rijkaard, 16 Days Advisory Committee

Craig Rijkaard is the Research Officer in the Directorate of Gender Affairs – Ministry of Education, Sports, Youths & Gender Affairs (Antigua & Barbuda). He is a gender advocate employed to the national gender machinery but volunteering with several other similar regional and international machineries all in a bid to ensure social justice. Mr. Rijkaard is also a HIV advocate and in this regard he serves on the board of various nonprofit and charity organizations and government committees that focus on HIV and AIDS, gender and children. His community mindedness is manifested in his 10 year old involvement in the Optimist Club of which he has risen to the level of President.  The region knows Rijkaard as one of those constant voices decrying any forms of stigma and discrimination in the society.

 

Wathshlah Naidu, 16 Days Advisory Committee

Wathshlah Naidu currently serves as the Building Capacity for Change Programme Officer at  International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific.  Her involvement in women’s human rights began when she was employed as a Law Reform Officer at Women’s Aid Organisation, Malaysia. Prior to joining IWRAW Asia Pacific, she spent 3 1/2 years working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) both in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Her focus has been primarily on law reform and advocacy on the issue of women’s rights, violence against women and children, Muslim women’s rights and foreign migrant workers rights as well as international refugee law and protection, sexual and gender based violence against asylum seekers/refugees and torture survivors. Ms. Naidu holds a B.A in Anthropology & Sociology/Literature, University of Malaya (Malaysia).

Rebecca Gerome, 16 Days Advisory Committee

Rebecca Gerome is the Women's Network Programme Officer at the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). The IANSA Women's Network is the only international network focused on the connections between gender, women¹s rights, small arms and armed violence. Since 2009, Ms. Gerome has conducted field research, advocacy and trainings on small arms control and gender-based violence with IANSA members and women¹s groups in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and lobbied UN diplomats in relation to the Arms Trade Treaty and UN Programme of Action on small arms.

Isabelle Geuskens, 16 Days Advisory Committee

Since 2002, Isabelle Geuskens serves as Program Manager of the Women Peacemakers Program of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR).  She has extensive experience working with women peace activists and advocating for a holistic gender perspective in peacebuilding – including a masculinities perspective.  Prior to joining IFOR/WPP, she worked with grassroots peace activists in Northern Ireland (Belfast) and Bosnia Herzegovina (Srebrenica).  Among others, she is involved in monitoring developments around the WPS Resolutions nationally and internationally.  She has an MA degree in Arts and Sciences from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Fauzia Viqar, 16 Days Advisory Committee

Fauzia Viqar is a women's rights activist working in Shirkat Gah, a leading women’s rights and empowerment organization in Pakistan. Her efforts in the past 10 years have been focused on the promotion of human rights and social justice in Pakistan and Canada. Ms. Viqar holds an MA in Political Science from McMaster University, Canada and a M.Sc. from Pakistan.  She serves on the board of various Not for Profit organizations, funds and government committees for women and children.

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