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Irene Khan

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Irene Zubaida Khan is the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI), the world's largest human rights organization. The first woman, first Asian, and first Muslim to head AI, she has reformed the organization’s response to crisis situations, called for better protection of women's human rights, and initiated a process of consultations with women activists to design a global campaign against violence on women.

Thais Corral

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Thais Corral is Coordinator of CEMINA–Comunicação, Educação e Informação em Gênero, a women’s rights organization in Brazil that produces local radio programs on gender issues and conducts training workshops for women broadcasters and activists in the use of radio for women’s rights advocacy. CEMINA’s work has resulted in the establishment of women's programming at over 400 community and commercial radio stations in Brazil. Ms.

Jacqueline Pitanguy

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Jacqueline Pitanguy, a sociologist and political scientist, is the Founder and Director of Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação (CEPIA), a non-governmental organization based in Rio de Janeiro. At CEPIA Ms. Pitanguy coordinates research on gender issues and facilitates advocacy and educational programs relating to violence against women and reproductive health. She has been a Professor at the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro and at Rutgers University, where she held the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies from 1991-92.

Christiane Amanpour

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Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent based in London. Her work has led her to the war-torn regions of the Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and the Persian Gulf. She is also a contributor to CBS News’ 60 Minutes, the first reporter ever to broker this kind of dual assignment.

Peggy Antrobus

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Peggy Antrobus is a women’s rights activist and scholar. She has held a number of leadership positions with governmental and non-governmental organizations advocating for the advancement of women in Caribbean societies, including Director of the Women’s Bureau, Office of the Prime Mininster in Jamaica (1974-1977) and Secretary of the Caribbean Coordinating Committee on Women’s Affairs (1977-1978). She was a founding member of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) in 1984 and the DAWN General Coordinator from 1990-1996.

Marjorie Agosin

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Marjorie Agosin, born in Chile in 1955, is a poet, author, and literary critic. She is also an award-winning human rights activist who has been honored with both the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor (for lifetime achievement) by the Chilean government and the United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights.

Angela E. V. King

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Angela E.V. King has served as Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, at the level of Assistant Secretary-General since 1997. Ms. King chairs the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender and Equality (IANWGE) and supervises the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW). She has a long history of active work for the advancement of women in the UN Secretariat; she was a founding member of the ad hoc Group on Equal Rights for Women and chairs the Secretariat’s High-level Steering Committee on Improving the Status of Women.

Geeta Rao Gupta

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Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta, is a leading authority on women's role in development, an advocate for women's empowerment and women's human rights, and an internationally recognized expert on women and HIV/AIDS. She brings 20 years of experience in research and program development to the gender and development field.

Malena de Montis

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Malena de Montis is a Nicaraguan feminist with a doctoral degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. She is the founder of the Center for Democratic Participation and Development (Cenzontle) and the Women's Development Fund (FODEM/Cenzontle), both non-governmental organizations that seek to support the economic and political empowerment of women with scarce resources through financial, business, and citizenship components that have earned the Central American award for Best Practice from INTERCAMBIO.

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