Equal Rights – Equal Responsibilities

Representatives to international organizations

United Nations

New York:  

  • Soon-Young Yoon – main representative
    Soon-Young Yoon holds a PhD in anthopology. She has worked with UNICEF in Southeast Asia and the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in Delhi.  She is a board member of the Global Advisory Council at the Harvard AIDS Initiative and of the International Foundation for Ewha Womans University. She currently works as a consultant for the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative. She is ex-chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York
  • Natalia Kostus
    Natalia Kostus has a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. She has 8 years of experience in international diplomatic and United Nations settings with primary focus on policy development, advocacy, and analysis in UN negotiations and decision‐making processes of programmes and funds. She has knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and legal instruments on sustainable development, social and economic rights, environment, and climate change. She is convener of the IAW Commission on Climate Change.
  • Irini Sarlis
    Irini Sarlis is an architect and a member of the UN Team
  • Judith Gordon
    Judith Gordon is a member of the UN Team in New York, Lecturer in Psychiatry Yale University.
  • Lyna Castillo-Javier
    Lyna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Journalism from Florida International University and a Master of Arts in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University. She co-chairs the Metro New York Chapter’s Film Subcommittee of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women. Her focus is on education, women’s role in peace and security, peace building and humanitarian affairs.

Bangkok (ESCAP)

  • Asha Deshpande
    Asha Deshpande is educated in Management, Accounting and Taxation. She is Vice President of All India Women’s Conference and has served on the Board of IAW since 2010


  • Lyda Verstegen, main representative
    Lyda Verstegen is a lawyer by education. She served as President of the IAW 2010–2013. She is a former President of Vrouwenbelangen in the Netherlands and chair of the Appeals Commission for Personnel of the Ministry of Social Affairs of The Netherlands.
    She is now convener of the IAW Commission on Human Rights

  • Esther Suter
  • Seema Uplekar
    Seema Uplekar has a bachelor’s degree in economics, is experienced in fund raising and is treasurer of United Nations Women’s Guild in Geneva. She represents IAW at the UN in Geneva

World Health Organization

  • Gudrun Haupter
    Gudrun Haupter is a  retired professional translator. She is a member of the Deutscher Frauenring, expert for projects in West Africa, convener of the IAW Commission on Health. She represents IAW at WHO.


  • Thobikile Maphumulo


  • Monique Bouziz
    French Vice President of Association des femmes de l’Europe Méridionale, member of the French Coordination of the European Women’s Lobby and ‘Dialogue between Cultures’ among other Committees.
  • Danielle Levy
    Danielle Levy is a teacher by education and has served as the translator for IAW of documents from English into French for the past two triennia. She represents IAW at UNESCO
  • Renée Gérard
  • Ida Kurth
    Ida Kurth is a biochemist and university lecturer by profession

Food and Agricultural Organization, Rome

  • Bettina Corke
    Founder of Decade Media, documentary and experimental filmmaker, journalist.
  • Titiana Urbana
  • Rosy Weiss
    President of IAW 2004 -2010  First Vice Chairperson of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at the UN in Vienna (???), Austria, retired official of the Ministry for Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection and the Ministry of the Environment. She is convener of the IAW commission on Peace


  • Rosy  Weiss – main representative
    President of IAW 2004 -2010  First Vice Chairperson of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at the UN in Vienna (???), Austria, retired official of the Ministry for Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection and the Ministry of the Environment. She is convener of the IAW Commission on Peace
  • Daniela Reiter
    Daniela Reiter is an industrial psychologist. She was first elected to the IAW board in 2010. She was Policy Officer for Gender Equality, Austrian National Youth Council, Vienna, where she developed and established genderize!, a mentoring project for young women

 Other International Bodies:

African  Union

  • Mmabatho Ramagoshi
    Mmabatho Ramagosh is Secretary General of  the International Alliance of women. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration and is currently Acting Chief Executive Officer of the South African Heritage Reources Agency She is President of the Mmabatho Foundation for Women’s DEvelopment, has served  on the IAW  Board for 6 years and is IAW’s representative to the African Union

Arab League

  • Horeya Megahed
    Horeya Megahed is a member of the Hoda Charawi Association, Egypt. Dr. of Political Science with a career in academia at Cairo University, appointment to the Supreme Administrative Court of the State Council and author of numerous publications.

Council of Europe

  • Anje Wiersinga
    Anje Wiersinga is a medical doctor and has rich and varied international experiences. She represents IAW at the Council of Europe and is Convener of the Commission on Democracy
  • Monique Bouchet
  • Betty Doornenbal

European Women’s Lobby

  • Arina Angerman
    Arina Angerman is a great online and offline networker, who loves to be active in policy-making. Since 1980 she has developed extensive expertise as a historian and (project) manager  in gender studies, women in decision-making 50/50, gender equality and digital skills. She is a consultant in  how to use social media and has her own business:  Social Media 4 Baby Boomers
  • Marion Böker, alternate
    Marion Böker is a Member of the Deutscher Frauenring, owner of boeker-consult, a consultancy for Human Rights and Gender Issues. This is her second term on the board of IAW. She is alternate representative of IAW to the European Women’s Lobby

International Criminal Court

  • Deidre Pirro
  • Jocelynne Scutt
    Dr Jocelynne A. Scutt is a barrister and Human Rights Lawyer, County
    Councillor for Cambridgeshire, Visiting Professor at the University of
    Buckingham and author.

 Washington Working Group on International Criminal Court

  • Susanne Riveles
    Peace Activist, specialist in and lecturer on African affairs.