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Afsaneh Rigot | MENA Senior Program Officer, ARTICLE 19

Afsaneh Rigot (she/her) is a scholar and researcher covering issues of law, technology, LGBTQ, refugee, and human rights. Her work and her research pose questions about the effects of technology in contexts for which it was not designed, and the effects of western-centrism on vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities. She also looks, in theory and practice, at [...]

Solange Musanganya | Co-coordinator, Queer African Youth Network (QAYN)

Solange Musanganya (she/her) is a Rwandan-born African transwoman and feminist, Solange Musanganya's activism took off in 2003 after a six-month trip to twelve African countries, from Dakar to Johannesburg. Back in Canada, she co-founded Arc-en-ciel d'Afrique in November 2004, the first Afro-queer organization in Canada. Later, she initiated the Massimadi festival which highlights films and [...]

Genwa Genweten | LGBT MENA Officer, Hivos

Genwa Genweten (she/her) is a Lebanese sexual and bodily rights and freedoms activist working on Local, and regional levels. Being the first woman assigned as Executive Director of Helem Montreal, an organization promoting the rights of Arabic-speaking LGBTQ+ people. For four years, she led on the foundation of the Trans Committee and  Women’s Committee that brought queer feminist voices closer to the scope of Work. She [...]

Anaraa Nyamdorj | Previous Director, Mongolian LGBT Center; Mongolian Women’s Fund

The late Anaraa Nyamdorj (he) was a queer, transgender human rights defender from Mongolia who has worked on LGBTI rights since 1997. Anaraa's human rights research, community-based participatory advocacy and community organising have been invaluable to push for the normalisation of the LGBTI rights discourse in Mongolia mainly through the LGBT Centre of Mongolia. Anaraa [...]

Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani | Sexual Rights Activist, previous Director AWID Forum and Co-creating Feminist Realities

Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani (she/her) is a feminist activist and translator from Argentina who currently lives in Uruguay. (She has also lived in a few more places in Latin America, Europe and Asia. She is retired from full-time NGO work after many years of very fulfilling work at the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Mama Cash and Akahatá, among other feminist [...]