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Joanna Regulska (Poland/US)

Director of International Programs, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University. Herresearch and teaching concentrates on women’s, political activism, grassroots mobilization, and the construction of women’s political spaces. Over the last fifteen years she has worked with many women’s and feminist groups in Central and East Europe and Central Asia on questions of political participation and women’s rights. She has also conducted extensive work on the impacts of political and economic restructuring on the process of democratization, citizens’ participation and decentralization in Central and East Europe. Her current multi-year project supported by the National Science Foundation and conducted jointly with colleagues from Poland and the Czech Republic, focuses on women’s situation in the process of the European Union enlargement.

Małgorzata Tarasiewicz (Poland)

Director of NEWW-Polska since January 2000. In the 1980s she was a member of the "Wolnosc i Pokój" (Freedom and Peace) movement. From 1989 to 1991 she was a coordinator of the Women's Section of Solidarity, and from 1991-1995 the President of Amnesty International Poland. She was the coordinator of the New York office of the Network of East-West Women between 1996 and 1997. On returning to Poland, she coordinated the Amnesty International project for founding the International Criminal Court from 1997 to 1999. Since 2003 she has been a member of the National Council of the Green Party "Zieloni 2004".

Mirjana Dokmanovic (Serbia)

President of the Women’s Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Serbia & Montenegro. She is an international lawyer, journalist, researcher and lecturer on human rights and women’s rights. She has published articles and coordinated numerous projects in the fields of community development, human rights, women’s rights, and social justice. In the focus of her recent activities are women’s economic and social rights in the context of privatisation and globalisation, fostering policy change and sustainable development through gender equality. She participated as a speaker at the European Social Forum (2003) and World Social Forum (2004).
Affiliations: Women in Development Europe (WIDE), Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Network East-West Women (NEWW), Women Waging Peace, Yugoslav International Law Association, Scientific Association Technology and Society.

Irena Grudzinska Gross (USA/Poland)

Professor of Comparative Literature. She got PhD degree at the University of Columbia in New York. Her books include The Scar of Revolution: Tocqueville, Custine and the Romantic Imagination, which has had several editions in four languages. In 1993-2003 she was responsible for the programme for the East-Central Europe financed by Ford Foundation. At present Executive Director of Institute for Human Sciences, Boston University.

Annie Hillar (USA/Hungary/Poland/Holland)

PhD Candidate in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Nowadays a student of the intensive year-long Polish language program at Jagiellonian University. She studied in many reputable universities: M.T. Asser Institute in Leuven, Belgium, University of Texas at Austin, University of Chicago. Scholar of Kosciuszko Foundation, Central European University for reserach, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Readers' Digest. Nowadays she is working as the fundraising consultant for La Strada organization in Amsterdam where develops and conducts an assessment of the fundraising capacities and structures of the nine member NGOs of a network of anti-trafficking women’s NGOs based in the Central Europe. She is the Gender Working Group Committee in European Association of Development Training and Research Institutes and the evaluation consultant in Slovak-Czech Women’s Fund.

Gulnara Ibraeva (Kyrgystan)

Kyrgystan, journalists and the researcher, she is one of the well known women's activist in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. Currently she is Chair of Sociology Department at American University in Central Asia and Director of women's NGO "Agency for Social Technologies".

Katarina Kozuchovska-Duplessy (Russia/Poland/USA)

Vice President of Administration and Finance at Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS

Dina Loghin (Romania)

Executive President of Equal Opportunities for Women Foundation, Romania

Isabel Marcus (USA)

Professor of law and Director of International and Graduate Programs at the University at Buffalo Law School. She is one of the founders of the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender at the University. She served as chair of the Department of Women's Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences from 1997 - 2002
Her longstanding research interests have been in the area of family law, domestic violence, and international women's human rights. Her current research project is a comparative analysis of the implementation of law regarding domestic violence in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar (Romania 1997, Macedonia 2003-2004). She has taught extensively in universities in Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia and Georgia) and Asia (People's Republic of China, India, Pakistan, and Thailand). She is currently teaching family law, comparative family, women's human rights, and selected topics in women's rights.

Elena Mashkova (the Republic of Tatarstan/Russia)

Director and one of the founder of “Femina”. She is protecting people's civil, economic, social and cultural rights and liberties. Diplomas in sociology, University of Marxism-Leninism, and in social psychology, Latvian Institute of Refresher Training (Riga). Ph.D. in Economics. Teaches courses in Sociology, Personnel Management, Organizational Behavior, Sociology of Sex-Role Differences, Gender and Culture, Gender Aspects in the Sphere of Business and Employment. Conducts trainings in women's human rights and feminist self-defence. Conducted more than 10 surveys into women's situation, has about 20 publications on scientific and social issues.

Kimberly Reed (USA)

Attorney, Hogan & Hartson, Moscow, Russia. Kimberly Reed has 16 years of experience in corporate transactions and litigation, including six years as an assistant dean and professor of law at a "Top 20" American law school. Her practice centers on complex international corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, project finance/infrastructure transactions, and international litigation.

Helen Rusetskaya (Georgia)

Member of State Commission of Gender Equality, Coalition of Women's NGO of Georgia - "Institutional Machinery" and "Women's and Peace Building" groups. Member of the coordinating committee of the regional network "Women for Peace", coordinator of Women's Information Center which was founded in March 2000 by an initiative group of young women with the support of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly - Georgian National Committee (hCa-GNC). In 2000 the Women's Information Center co-founded the Georgian Women's NGOs Coalition and joined the international organization "Women Against Violence Europe" (WAVE). In March 2003 WIC was officially registered and became an independent organization.

Lenka Simerska (Czech Republic)

First scholar NEWW-Polska economic grant in 2002. She finished sociology and economy at the Charles University in Prague. One of the founders of Prague Center Gender Studies. At present she is carrying out research concerning process and political investment in gender aspect. She is researching investments friendly for women, activation of women.

Ann Snitow (USA)

Ann Snitow is the Director of Gender Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York. Since 1990, she has written and lectured extensively on gender and transitions in East Central Europe, and she is the cofounder of the feminist activist NGO, The Network of East-West Women, initially located in Washington DC and for the last ten years located in Gdansk, Poland. She is a professor of both Gender Studies and Literature. She has taught: Introduction to Feminist Thought and Action, The Personal Essay, The Fiction of Men and Women, Introduction to the MA in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory (Graduate Faculty), The Sixties: From Liberation Movements to Identity Politics (Graduate Faculty), Literary Conversations Between Men and Women (Graduate Faculty). She is coeditor of two classical anthologies: Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality, and The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women’s Liberation. Since 1992 she has taught gender theory in The New School’s summer program in Poland, “Democracy and Diversity.” Her research interests encompass Feminism in East and Central Europe since 1989 and Feminist theory/ intellectual history of contemporary feminism.

Genovena Tisheva (Bulgaria)

Genoveva Tisheva- Managing Director of the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation/ BGRF/. A lawyer with experience in the field of civil law, human rights law and women’ s rights, in advocacy and drafting legislation on gender equality. Genoveva coordinated numerous research projects and monitoring reports on women’ s rights and socio-economic rights as well as legal aid programmes for disadvantaged groups of women. She is Director of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute / WHRTI/ - a NEWW/ BGRF initiative implemented in cooperation with the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Genoveva is member of the Network of Legal Experts on Gender Equality to the European Commission; member of the Coordinating Committee of the international coalition Social

Susanna Vardanyan (Armenia)

Mrs. Susanna Vardanyan is the President of Women’s Rights Center NGO. By education she is an obstetrician-gynecologist. She has been working for a long time in the State University Center of Family Planning and Sexual Health. After the collapse of the Soviet Union she got actively involved in women's movement, once the chance for that appeared. Mrs. Vardanyan became one of the pioneers of women's movement in Armenia. The first step was the establishment of Women's Club in 1987, which in 1990 became Women's Association "Hayouhi", the mission of which was to raise women's role in the society. In 1997 "Hayouhi" was renamed into Women’s Rights Center. Since 1997 the organization led by Mrs. Vardanyan implemented a great number of projects addressing women's issues, particularly in the field of prevention of violence against women, including domestic violence. Women’s Rights Center opened the first Emergency Shelter in Armenia for women-victims of domestic violence and their children. At present WRC, lead by Mrs.Vardanyan, beside other activities,
Is working on draft of Domestic Violence Law in Armenia.

Anne Broderick Zill (USA)

Anne Zill is is the Director of the Art Gallery at the University of New England on the Westbrook College Campus, and has curated two exhibitions at the United Nations for UNIFEM & the International Museum of Women in 2000 & 2001( She is also the Founder and Director of the Women’s Center for Ethics in Action in Alliance with Men at UNE, an organization created to advance women’s leadership from a spiritual and values perspective in front of politics-as-usual, focusing on U.S. role around the world. She has been a foundation program associate with the Stewart Mott Charitable Trust for more than 25 years focusing upon women and reproductive health, peace, human rights, international relations & military reform, honest government, civil rights/civil liberties. Earlier she was the news director and producer with National Educational Radio (NPR’s predecessor). She has published articles in The Washington Post, Barnard College Alumnae Magazine, Washingtonian, and The Maine Times, among other publications. She is a graduate of Barnard College with a Master’s Degree in broadcast journalism from American University where her mentor was Edward Bliss, Edward R. Murrow’s longtime CBS editor. Honorary

Mariam Chamberlain (USA)

National Council for Research on Women. Dr. Chamberlain is an economist by training who has had multiple careers as an academic, government official and foundation program officer and resident scholar. She served as a Program Officer in Education and Public Policy at the Ford Foundation beginning in 1967. In that capacity, she was instrumental in developing the field of women’s studies. While at the Russell Sage Foundation in 1982, she headed a Task Force Study on Women in Higher Education where she helped found that National Council for Research on Women. Ms. Chamberlain is on the board of the Feminist Press, the Women's Interarts Center, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the Network of East-West Women.