Global Coordinators

ONE BILLION RISING Coordinators are activists around the world who are engaging their communities, their cities, their countries, their regions to be a part of One Billion Rising For Justice. As long-time activists and V-Day organizers working to end violence against women and girls, they have the skills, the networks and the ability to help guide local organizations, individuals, lawyers, unions, alliances and networks in their efforts to be part of the campaign. Most coordinated efforts in their countries and regions for One Billion Rising 2013. These Coordinators, together with their network groups, took the lead in their own countries and communities on how to envision and implement the campaign and did an outstanding job of highlighting their local contexts within the campaign. Please be in touch with them to help you strategize, create and promote, your One Billion Rising For Justice campaigns.

The ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE campaign was envisioned collectively by regional coordinators around the world, at a coordinators gathering in New York in April 2013. The focus on justice with education firmly alongside it to address roots of violence against women, stemmed from discussions on contexts of systematic and endemic global impunity, on a local, national and international scale – as the main cause of the perpetuation of all the different forms of violence being done to women – sexual, physical, emotional, mental, economic, political, cultural and social. Their shared voices – from regions around the world – came to a unanimous decision to focus on justice as an escalation of our demand to end violence against women and girls once and for all.

Monique Wilson – One Billion Rising Director

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Monique Wilson is one of the Philippine’s veteran theatre and film actresses – having acted professionally since the age of…

Rossana Abueva – United Kingdom

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Rossana is a Director in the Financial Services Industry and for the last fourteen years, Rossana has been the Executive…

FARTUUN A. ADAN – Somalia

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Fartuun A. Adan is a Somali/Canadian humanitarian. She and her three daughters fled Mogadishu, Somalia at the height of the…

Iman Aoun – Palestine

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Actress, Director & Producer Co-founder and Artistic Director of ASHTAR Theatre in 1991; awards winner actress; acts in theatre, TV,…

ABHA BHAIYA / SANGAT South Asian Feminist Network – India

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Abha Bhaiya is one of the founder members of Jagori, a feminist organization set up in 1984 in Delhi. She…

Kamla Bhasin / SANGAT South Asian Feminist Network – South Asia

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A social scientist by training, Kamla Bhasin, has been actively engaged with issues related to development, education, gender, media and…

Rada Boric – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia

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Rada is a feminist linguist and activist. She is currently the director at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Zagreb…

Delia Cohen – U.S. Prisons

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Delia Cohen specializes in turning extraordinary ideas — involving the arts, cutting-edge technology and new media — into reality. The…

Nico Corradini – Italy

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Nico is a building engineer by day and organizes cultural events in her free time. In 2006 she started to…

Anne-Christine D’Adesky – Haiti

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Anne-christine d’Adesky is an author, journalist, documentary filmmaker, gender and human rights activist. Her expertise is gender and global issues,…

Jason Day – Peru

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Jason is a Peruvian actor. His first work as a professional actor was the Peruvian movie ‘Mañana te Cuento’, a…

Ines Eichmueller – Germany

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Born 1980 in Bavaria, she got involved with political activism especially for gender equality from a young age. As an…

Allison Gars – Atlanta

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Allison assisted Organizer Nikki Noto on One Billion Rising Atlanta 2013 where 500 gathered at the state capitol, 7000 danced…

ABDUL KARIM HAKIB – Ghana

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Abdul is the Executive Director of Global Arts and Development Centre (GADEC), an art and development NGO based in Accra,…

FAHIMA HASHIM – SUDAN

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Fahima Hashim is a women’s rights defender/activist, researcher, and a trainer, currently serving as the Director for Salmmah Women’s Resource…

Karin Heisecke – GERMANY

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Karin Heisecke is European by conviction. She left her native Germany after high school to spend most of her adult…

Colani Hlatjwako – Swaziland

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Colani is a legal officer at Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust (WLSA) – Swaziland.  Her…

Lindsey Horvath – Los Angeles

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Lindsey has held a variety of leadership positions. While serving on the West Hollywood City Council, Lindsey focused on creating…

Khushi Kabir – Bangladesh

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In 1972, immediately after the liberation of Bangladesh, Khushi joined one of the first Bangladeshi NGOs and became the first…

Marsha Pamela Lopez Calderon – Central and South America

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Marsha has been a V-Day activist since 2001. She has produced V-Day events and The Vagina Monologues in Guatemala since then…

Dianne Madray – Caribbean: St Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana

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Dianne Madray is the Chief Operations Officer and Program Director of CADVA (Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness) organization based in…

Marya Meyer – Miami

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Marya was a core organizer in the team that launched Miami’s exuberant One Billion Rising celebration in 2012 and is…

BARBARA MHANGAMI-RUWENDE – BOTSWANA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, SOUTH AFRICA, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

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Barbara was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Barbara’s background is in public health – epidemiology, and she writes fiction as…

NAOMI N. MWAURA – Kenya

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Naomi is a young Kenyan lady passionate about implementing social reforms in Africa among African men and women because she…

Andres Naime – Mexico

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Proud to be a Mexican theater producer involved with V-Day since 2000, Andres has had the privilege of working for…

Mbachi Joyce Ng’oma – Malawi

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Mbachi is a human rights/political activist who returned to Malawi December of 2012 after being in the USA for about…

Rosi Orozco – Mexico

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Rosi Orozco works to recover and successfully reintegrate into society victims of human trafficking. She has been dedicated to promoting…

Amy Oyekunle – Nigeria

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Amy Oyekunle is the executive director for the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), a non-governmental organization based in Lagos, Nigeria…

Pat Reuss – Washington DC

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Pat Reuss has worked in Washington DC as a women’s rights advocate since June, 1979.  She is currently “semi-retired” serving…

Nighat Rizvi / AMAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT NETWORK – Pakistan

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AMAL was established in 1997 as a Gender focused, HIV & AIDS action group. Today, AMAL is recognized as one…

Nyasha Sengayi – Zimbabwe

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Nyasha Sengayi is a Women’s Rights Campaign Strategist and the founding director of, Source International whose vision is to attain…

Zubeida Shaik – South Africa

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Zubeida Shaik coordinated the One Billion Rising 2013 Campaign for Cape Town and the Western Cape region. She is trained in Business Communication…

Ivana Smith – Germany

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Ivana is from Zagreb, Croatia and now resides in Germany. She has worked as an interpreter for various international organizations…

Hannah Tarindwa – Namibia

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Hannah Tarindwa is 29 years old and is passionate about women’s issues. Currently based in Namibia, she works in management,…

Isatou Touray – The Gambia

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Isatou Touray is a women’s rights activist and currently the Executive Director and Founder member of GAMCOTRAP. She worked with…

MILY TREVINO-SAUCEDA / ALIANZA NACIONAL DE CAMPESINAS – Farmworkers in the USA and Mexico

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas’ mission is to unify the struggle to promote farm worker women’s leadership in a national movement…