IAW / AIF BOARD
After Congress November 24 – 26 2020 this page is in the process of being updated
– Chief Representative to the United Nations
Cheryl Hayles spent her career in education as a School Administrator responsible for building staff capacity, instructional program (French Immersion & Virtual Learning), and community engagement. Cheryl studied at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she earned a Bachelor of Education, then went on to complete a Masters degree at the Universitė de Besançon, France. As an advocate for women’s rights, Cheryl has been an influencer in how systems align to support women’s empowerment globally.
Executive Vice Presidents
Manju Kak – India
Dr Manju Kak’s work as an author and academician has been in the field of art, history and sociology of culture in which she holds a PhD. Her geographical area of interest is the Indian Himalayas. She has authored six books which include three volumes of literary short fiction and a book on Nicholas Roerich, the Russian artist and proponent of the first Peace Pact. She is the recipient of national and international fellowships. She has had government consultancies, been a teacher, a visiting professor at important centres of learning and organized important and meaningful conferences. She has presented papers and participated in many conferences in India and overseas; Almaty, London, Edinburgh, New York, Montreal, Moscow etc.
As a development journalist and as a panellist on national television channels she has advocated justice, women’s rights and peace. She has served as National Treasurer of India’s largest NGO, the All India Women’s Conference, where for 22 years she has helped promote women’s’ rights from grass root funded projects to international high tables. She is a Trustee in the government-funded Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Trust, Advisory Board Lila Foundation, and Board Member of IAW, member Indian Association of Women’s Studies, and Indian Trust for Architecture and Cultural Heritage
Marion Böker – Germany
Marion Böker, since 2004 is the founder and director of Consultancy for Human Rights & Gender Issues, Berlin. She works as a consultant on international, regional and local level for the implementation of human rights of individuals and groups by interventions, campaigns or complaints under the UN Human Rights Treaties. She provides expertise for Civil Society Organizations, administration and politics and serves as an expert on the implementation of Gender Budgeting. She has a focus on the UNSCR 1325 “Women, Peace and Security” and offers capacity building trainings for human rights and peace activists.
Her NGO affiliation other than with International Alliance of Women is with UN WOMEN Germany, filia.the women’s foundation, German Women’s Council, CEDAW Alliance of Germany and Alliance for UNSCR 1325 in Germany. She served as a decision maker on several boards. As a feminist she is committed to change in all areas.
She has a master’s degree in modern history and mass communication, has published a number of articles and books and before 2004 worked as a lecturer, in politics and for a German umbrella organization on the rights of victims of human trafficking.
Olufunmi Oluyedei – Nigeria
Representative to the United Nations as Chief Administrative Officer
Olufunmi Oluyede, Pioneer Managing partner, TRLPLAW Solicitors, is an international commercial attorney of high repute -providing over 30 years of insight and expertise across a range of industries globally. She currently serves on the Council of the International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Practice Division, the IBA Diversity Council and as Adviser to the IBA Women Lawyers’ Interest Group. She is a distinguished member of both the American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Section and the Nigerian Bar Association and has, since 2009, held various high-ranking offices in both organizations. Olufunmi, Life fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is also a life member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and of the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA).
Regional Vice Presidents:
Africa – Anglophone
Africa – Francophone
Horeya Megahed – Egypt
Horeya Megahed has a Ph.D in Political Science, Indiana University, USA (1966) and has been a professor of Political Science, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. She has held many positions, among them: Chairperson of the Department of Political Science (1986-92), the first Director of Political Studies, Faculty of Economics and Political Science. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) 1990-1993, vice president of the Political Committee of IPU 1992-1995 and member and vice president of Women Parliamentarians 1990-1995. Horeya Megahed was a member of Parliament for People’s Assembly of Egypt 1990-1995. She is the author of many books and is the first woman to specialize in Political Science in the Arab World and the first woman to become the Chairperson of the Department.
Other Board Members:
Anne Pelagie Yotchou Tzudjom – Cameroon
I am a social entrepreneur, Coordinator of LADIES CIRCLE, a national network and women/girls and also men leading social and economic change in Cameroon. I am part of the IAW Water and Project for Girls education in rural areas. I have a passion to to give smile and hope to others especially underprivileged, poor and vulnerable person. I am committed to everything that can contribute to advance women’s rights, justice and sustainable development in communities. I keep on dreaming for a positive and authentic feminine leadership in my lovely country, Cameroon. In my daily life, as the Coordinator of LADIES CIRCLE, I keep on inspiring and empowering women/girls to to DARE and ACHIEVE, both socially and economically. I like to see women that are active participant of their development and authentic leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities, women that can bring change and innovate with beauty, vision, passion, wisdom and care. I am passionate in everything that can empower women ad girls both socially and economically. I am very active in the civil society at local, national and international. I am also an expert on transitional justice, gender issues and human rights educator. I lead several charitable activities in Cameroon.
For me, the economic empowerment of women is one of the keys to eradicate gender based violence and build and more just, equal, fair, inclusive and lovely world for a sustainable development for all.
Camilla Wagner – Sweden
Camilla Wagner is a business journalist and editor specialized in gender equality and leadership. She is also the CEO of Klara K, an agency specializing in leadership for inclusion. Camilla has been an advocate for women’s rights in Sweden for over 20 years and she is the author of the book “19 voices about women and power.” The Swedish government has assigned Camilla as a representative at several international conferences. Her proficiency in human rights and gender equality has led to several international assignments and she holds a seat on the executive board of many NGOs. In 2020 she was elected president of the Fredrika Bremer-förbundet and is also the editor in chief of Hertha, the oldest women’s rights magazine in the world still issued.
Catherine Sophie Dimitroulias- France
Catherine Dimitroulias is a political scientist and jurist. Mediator of justice at the Paris Court of Appeal, Conciliator of justice at the Ministry of Justice and Commissioner at the Bank of France. She has served in policy advice, research and expertise with various public institutions, including the European Parliament, the French National Assembly, the Japanese Ministry of the Interior and the European Economic and Social Committee, and is the author of numerous research publications, notably CESE, 2008: « Fifty years of participatory democracy ». She teaches European law at universities. She is the 5th President of the Association of Women of Southern Europe (AFEM), which she has represented since its foundation, notably as spokesperson in the framework of the European constituent process for treaty reform, delegate to the Council of Europe, founding Vice-President of the Euromed France Network, spokesperson of the Beijing+25 Feminist Collective. She is former Vice-President of the Conference of INGOs, the 4th pillar of the Council of Europe and currently member of the Parisian Council of Europeans at the City of Paris.
Charmaine Hidayatullah – Pakistan
Ms Charmaine Hidayatullah was a banker by profession and is a zealous social worker, she has done master’s in law and have been a practicing lawyer for even number of years. Additionally, she has served two terms as a member of National Commission on the Status of Women. She also has an honor of being the Honorary Consul of Monaco since 2004.
At present Ms. Charmaine is working as President of APWA (All Pakistan Women’s Association), her association with APWA has been over 30 years, and she has been a mission driven leader for the socio-economic development of women, she has also worked as an advocate for the destitute women by handling indigent cases on humanitarian basis.
Esther Suter – Switzerland
(Rev. Dr.) Esther R. Suter, from Switzerland, worked as a trilingual secretary from 1968-1970 in Paris, then studied theology and was ordained pastor in the Reformed Church of Switzerland; 1982 delegated by Women for Peace Switzerland to the 2nd UN-Special Session on Disarmament in New York City; in 1983 she did pastoral volunteer work in New York City “Hell’s Kitchen”. 1984 stay in Chile during the military dictatorship, co-initiator of a project for street children with Servicio Paz y Justicia Chile. 1985 delegated for the 3rd UN World Conference on Women in Nairobi as a journalist. 1995 delegated to the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing as a journalist; Vice-President of the International Association of Liberal Religious Women, Vice President of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IALRW) and Council member of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF).
Hege Elisabeh Løvbak – Norway
Hege Elisabeth Løvbak holds a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Oslo and has long experience initiating and leading projects in the higher education sector. Hege has spent her career developing equality and diversity policies and facilitating competence building focusing on cultural change. She represents the Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights and has been active in the organization since 2017 in the Oslo branche where she has served in several capacities such as associate leader and leader.
Holly Herbert – Australia
Holly Herbert is a new board member from Sydney, Australia. She is a high school educator who specialises in teaching music and special education. She is currently the Assistant Membership Secretary for IAW. She gets in touch with new members, providing information about IAW and assisting with their queries. Holly also creates content for the IAW journal collectively with Jessica Orban in Paris and Lea Boergerding in Berlin to create content for Feminist News Around the Globe.
Irene Smeraidou – Cyprus
Irene Smeraidou is a sociologist and holds a Master Degree in Management, Technology and Quality.
She is the Vice President of Pancyprian Movement Equal Rights – Equal Responsibilities in Cyprus. She has 11 years’ experience as project manager/ researcher in planning, management and evaluation of co-financed projects and programs. She has conducted research, facilitated training, and coordinated and implemented many national and European projects. She’s particularly interested in the prevention and combating of violence against women and girls, especially through education.
Laoura – Maria Alipranti Maratou – Greece
Laoura Alipranti – Maratou has a PhD in Sociology (University of Paris X -Nanterre). She is an Emeritus Research Director of the “National Centre for Social Research”/EKKE and is actually collaborating as an expert at EKKE’s “Gender Issues Research Laboratory”. She is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Psychology at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens teaching the lesson “Gender relations in contemporary society”. She has also been a Member of “EIGE-European Institute for Gender Equality” Expert Forum designated by the European Parliament (2012-2015). She is Vice-President of the Board of “Greek League of Women’s Rights”.
Miranda Tunica Ruzario – South Africa.
Tunica Miranda Ruzario holds a degree in social sciences and has over 10 years working experience in the administration and financial departments having worked in both Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively. She has also worked for several NGOs in Zimbabwe that deal with women’s rights, gender based violence and gender equality from grassroots levels.
Miranda has been Assistant Secretary General since 2018.
Munira Jauad Ribeiro – Guinea-Bissau
Mme Munira Jauad Ribeiro née le 17/02/1957 à Bissau est économiste spécialisée en commerce international à la Havane (Cuba), et titulaire d’un Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion Bancaire de l’Institut de Formation Bancaire de Lisbonne (Portugal).
- Ministre de la coopération internationale, Ministre déléguée à l’UEMOA puis Ambassadeur de la Guiné-Bissau en République de Gambie
- Présidente du Réseau des Femmes Entrepreneures (REMOE/Guiné-Bissau) qui a pour objectif l’autonomie financière et économique de la Femme
- Vice-Présidente de la Confédération Entrepreneuriale des femmes des Pays de Langue Portugaise (FME/CPLP/CE)
- Administratrice Ecobank Guiné-Bissau
- Directrice Générale de RuMu/sarl Guiné-Bissau qui s’active dans l’agrobusiness et l’import-export de noix d’anacarde, fruits, poisson, riz etc.
- Présidente de l’association Djissilin propriétaire de l’école Emilio Gomes qui appuie la scolarisation des enfants issus de famille démunies
Muyuwa Anuarite Siiriwabo – DR Congo
Anuarite Muyuwa est mariée et mère de cinq enfants.
Je suis licenciée en droit privé et judiciaire de l’université officielle de BUKAVU. Je suis defenseur judiciaire et coordinatrice de la sofedec. Coordinatrice de l’Afrique francophone de L’AIF et membre du bureau.
Je suis engagée pour le droit de la femme et de l’enfant.
Je soutien des orphelins et des veuve en organisant des activités generatrices de revenus pour leur autonomisation et leur survie. Je fais la defense des vulnerables, la defense des violations des droits des orphelins et des veuves.
Signe Gissel Schmidt – Denmark
Signe Gissel Schmidt is Vice President of the Danish Women’s Society. Since 1871 We have been working towards creating a world of equality. And there is still work to be done!
I hold a master’s degree in history and in cultural encounters and I have always been interested in women’s history and the structures of power.
In my daily life, I work at the Danish Women’s Society’s women’ shelter. Here I witness the ugliest side of patriarchy: gender based violence.
This one of the most – if not THE most – serious problems of equality- not only globally, but also in welfare countries such as Denmark.
I work hard to fight it. This is why I have joined IAW.