CWGL Team

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Anya Victoria
Senior Coordinator, Feminist Alliance for Rights

Anya Victoria Delgado holds a Law degree from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico, and an LL.M. degree from the University of Notre Dame in the United States. She has worked as Snr. Protection Associate at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as Project Assistant at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), both in Mexico City, and as a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Chiapas, Mexico. Anya worked as fellow for the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. Anya also collaborates with the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute as Director of Programs in Latin America. Anya leads the operationalizing of FAR’s activities with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), FAR’s Global Coordinator.

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Melissa Upreti
Senior Director, Program and Global Advocacy

Melissa Upreti is a human rights lawyer and women’s rights advocate who has spent nearly two decades advocating for the recognition and fulfillment of women’s rights through the use of national, regional, and international law and mechanisms. She has led fact-finding missions, undertaken strategic litigation, built the capacity of civil society organizations and provided technical support for law reform to governments in Asia.

Ms. Upreti started her career working for a feminist legal advocacy organization and The Asia Foundation in Nepal. Upon receiving her LL.M. from Columbia Law School in the United States, she joined the Center for Reproductive Rights where she was the founding attorney of the Asia program. Building on the success of a series of capacity building initiatives on strategic litigation in India and Nepal focusing on maternal mortality and access to safe abortion, she led the conceptualization and launch of the South Asia Reproductive Justice and Accountability Initiative which has resulted in precedent setting cases on contraceptive access and obstetric fistula in Asia. She actively facilitated and participated in the first CEDAW Special Inquiry in Asia in 2012 and was co-petitioner in the landmark case, Lakshmi Dhikta v. NepaI, which recognized access to abortion as a constitutionally protected right. She has worked closely with regional mechanisms to advance women's reproductive rights including the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to strengthen regional commitments to end child marriage and played a key role in bringing about the adoption of the Kathmandu Call for Action to End Child Marriage in South Asia in 2014. Ms. Upreti has written and lectured extensively about women’s reproductive rights and the importance of legal accountability. Her articles and other publications on women's reproductive rights and discriminatory practices such as child marriage have been used by activists to develop legal strategies and in courses on human rights. Some of her publications include the following

Toward Transformative Equality in Nepal: The Lakshmi Dhikta Decision, Book chapter published in Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014 (author); Abortion Law Reform in Nepal, International Journal of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, 2014 (author); Child Marriage in South Asia: Stop the Impunity, Center for Reproductive Rights, 2013 (research supervisor, contributor and editor); Maternal Mortality in India: Using International and Constitutional Law to Promote Accountability and Change, Center for Reproductive Rights, 2008 (co-author); The Global Gag Rule: An Antithesis to the Rights-Based Approach to Health, Health and Human Rights, An International Journal, Harvard School of Public Health, 2006 (co-author).

Ms. Upreti is a Fellow in the University of Toronto Law Faculty's International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program and currently Senior Director of Program and Global Advocacy at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in the United States. At CWGL, she oversees and provides strategic guidance on the development and implementation of program initiatives and advocacy strategies.  She is also a member of the Special Procedures Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice established under the Human Rights Council

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Orna Navon
Campaign Graphic Designer

Before becoming a consultant, Orna Navon has brought brands to life as a senior creative director and the head of the visual identity department at InterbrandHealth for seven years. Previously, she worked more than nine years at G2 Branding & Design, a division of Grey Advertising. Prior to that role, Orna spent three years at AKA Advertising (now SapientNitro, NY). Orna began her career in her native Israel at two prominent Tel-Aviv agencies before relocating to NYC in 1998. Orna’s distinctive work for some of the world’s leading brands is the definition of insight-driven design. Her unique combination of strategic discipline and fresh perspective has led to inspired global brand identity initiatives for world-class companies. The recipient of dozens of industry awards, her work has spanned the full spectrum of marketing communications extending from pure brand identity to advertising, packaging, point-of-purchase, digital, promotion, environmental and beyond.

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Cosette Thompson
Lead Coordinator, Journalist Initiative on Gender-Based Violence

Cosette Thompson is a human rights and nonprofit organizational consultant. Some of her recent assignments have included an evaluation of CWGL’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and an assessment of the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition. During her 10 years as Western Regional Director of Amnesty International USA, followed by another decade consulting with the organization’s International Secretariat, Cosette’s activism and leadership focused on promoting human rights education and campaigning to eradicate torture and discrimination and violence against women. She co-founded and coordinated AIUSA’s Human Rights Education and LGBT Networks, as well as the Ginetta Sagan Fund for Women’s Rights, which supports the work of women human rights defenders through annual awards. Cosette also contributed to the advocacy efforts that led to the adoption in San Francisco of the first U.S. city ordinance mandating the local implementation of CEDAW. She subsequently served for five years on the City of San Francisco CEDAW Task Force. She has also served on the Board of several Torture Survivors Treatment Centers, and is currently on the advisory boards of the Environmental Defenders Law Center and HRE USA. She is a contributor for “Towards a Just Society,” published in 2016 by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center. Cosette Thompson earned her Doctorate in Comparative Literature from La Sorbonne University (Paris) and lectured at the University of Orleans before moving to the United States.

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Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson
Visiting Global Associate, Editor in Chief, Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence

Lagipoiva, from the island of Savaii in Samoa, South Pacific is the author of Staying Afloat in Paradise - a study of climate change reporting in the Pacific islands and the United Kingdom. She has worked in the news media for over 18 years and was appointed the first female Editor of an independent national newspaper in her country at the age of 25. Lagipoiva has worked in the Pacific islands as a journalist, media trainer and communications for development specialist in the areas of climate change, environment, human rights, gender sensitive reporting and broader development issues. She has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, The Guardian, AFP, CNN, Huffington Post, AlJazeera and others. As a communications specialist she has worked with various UN agencies including UNDP, FAO, ILO, UNESCO and UNEP.  She has trained journalists across the Pacific through Internews, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the International Federation of Journalists. She received her Masters in Development Studies from the National University of Samoa and was a Journalist Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.