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Kristy Kelly and Hayat Askar

Café Description

During this virtual parallel event as part of the NGO/CSW Forum at CSW65, SGP members will reflect on experiences of facilitating feminist action and exchange through virtual collaborations.  SGP organizes virtual gender cafes - nonhierarchical learning events designed to spark new feminist theories, research, advocacy, and social change strategies for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. We will share findings and resources to create participatory online learning spaces developed during past gender cafes.
The panelists will lead breakout rooms to exchange best practices and strategies with event participants.

To attend this event, register as an advocate with NGO/CSW here and add the event to your CSW schedule here.

Moderator(s)

Kristy Kelly. Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social change in Southeast Asia. She is currently assistant clinical professor of global and international education at Drexel University and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Dr. Kelly teaches courses on gender mainstreaming, education diplomacy, gender and development in Southeast Asia and qualitative research methods. She has published on gender and education leadership, gender mainstreaming policy, gender and corruption, and post-socialist transition in Vietnam. She also consults and advises on gender and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations such as UNESCO, The Asia Foundation, and Transparency International in Asia and Africa. Dr. Kelly serves as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Presenter(s)

Saira Zuberi, Hayat Askar, Kenneth Boyenah Nimley, Ritu Gupta, Kelly Grace, Inmaculada Macias Alonso, Daniel Sandoval

Presenter Details
  • Angela Kohama
  • Angela is an inclusion specialist, passionate about working in emerging markets, with expertise in inclusion, intersectionality and accessibility. She has a decade of experience working globally on employment, economic development and education projects with diverse populations across the U.S., Asia, Africa and Europe, with a passion for inclusion of persons with disabilities. Angela is joining this conversation representing the Internal Communications & Diversity Working Group at COFEM.
  • akohama@gmail.com
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  • Zainab ‘Zee’ Sulaiman
  • Zainab "Zee" Sulaiman is a Nigerian-American social justice advocate, feminist, and pan-Africanist. Zee is a sexual and reproductive health researcher, educator, and communications expert passionate about health equity, reproductive and gender justice, and access to knowledge, information, and services to produce sustainable communities. Her work centers on impacting women and girls' lives by affirming and amplifying their voices. She is the founder and Project Lead for OhLeSe, a Nigeria-based feminist organization advocating for reproductive justice and evidence-based and accurate sex education in underserved communities across Nigeria. She also works with the Coalition of Feminists for Social Change (COFEM) as a Research and Communications consultant.
  • zeebrown@me.com
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  • Saira Zuberi
  • Saira is a Gender and Diversity Consultant based in Canada. Previously, she worked to launch and develop AWID’s Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms and Women Human Rights Defenders programs. More recently, she worked with grassroots WHRDs in Asia and Africa with the International Civil Society Action Network and with UN Women/UN Trust Fund to End VAW. She will be leading efforts to expand SGPs international solidarity efforts online.
Presenter Details
  • Hayat Askar
  • Hayat Askar is a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Expert with more than 12 years of experience in the fields of M&E, project management, data visualization, and gender. She has worked with various stakeholders from governments, to the private sector, and with international organizations. Hayat is a board member of the Jordan Development Evaluation Association (EvalJordan). She also previously served as the SGP Secretary.
  • hayat.askar@gmail.com
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  • Kenneth Boyenah Dubé-Boute Nimley
  • Kenneth Nimley is a doctoral student in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University, who works on increasing community collaboration around education and empowering underrepresented youth. He is a research assistant in the Empathic Design and Technology Research Group, where he focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion in education through technological innovation. His research combines computer science, information science, user experience design and psychology. Mr. Nimley received his BS in Computer Science from Rhode Island College and his MS in Computer Science from Boston University. He also served as a founding administrator of a K-12 charter school in Providence, RI for 15 years. His experiences on the front lines of addressing the needs of underserved youth inspired his doctoral work. He recently interned with the Office for Innovation at ACT, Inc., the nonprofit organization focused on college readiness, where he focused on increasing parent interaction with educational resources.
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  • Ritu Gupta
  • Ritu is based in Kolkata, India and is currently working as a Programme Manager with Gender at Work, an international feminist knowledge network. She has researched and written extensively on gender-related issues including, gender identities, child marriage, and domestic workers’ rights, amongst others. Ritu holds a Masters in Gender and Development from IDS, Sussex. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt (on process improvement) practitioner.
  • ritu@genderatwork.org
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    Dr. Kristy Kelly (She/Her)

    Former Co-President

    Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social change in Southeast Asia. She is currently assistant clinical professor of global and international education at Drexel University and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Kristy teaches courses on gender mainstreaming, education diplomacy, gender and development in Southeast Asia and qualitative research methods. She has published on gender and education leadership, gender mainstreaming policy, gender and corruption, and post-socialist transition in Vietnam. She also consults and advises on gender and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations such as UNESCO, The Asia Foundation, and Transparency International in Asia and Africa. Kristy serves as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.