Leadership

Leadership

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  • Krishanti Dharmaraj
  • Executive Director

Krishanti Dharmaraj, executive director, is a feminist and human rights activist with over 25 years of experience working to advance the rights of women and girls. She is the founder of the Dignity Index, a human rights measurement tool utilized to ensure equity and inclusion to reduce identity-based discrimination. Previously, Ms. Dharmaraj was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) and the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund.

Ms. Dharmaraj serves on the Steering Committee for the Feminist Alliance for Rights and the Board of Directors of IDEX; is a member of the Spotlight Civil Society Global Reference Group; a Trustee of THIRST (The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea) and the North East Women’s Network in Sri Lanka; and is on the Advisory Boards of Amnesty International, the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center, South Asia Democracy Watch, and Machik (an organization enhancing the wellbeing of those living in Tibet). She has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International; Women, Law and Development; Horizons Foundation; and the Center for Asian Pacific Women.

Under her leadership, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to pass legislation implementing an international human rights treaty. As a result of passing CEDAW in San Francisco, the city implemented a gender analysis in departments that assessed employment, programming and service delivery, and resource allocation. Currently, this public policy strategy is being implemented in cities across the United States. She has received numerous awards for her cutting-edge work, conducted training and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Dharmaraj has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, at Berkeley.

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  • Radhika Balakrishnan, PhD
  • Faculty Director

Radhika Balakrishnan is the faculty director at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and professor in Women's and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. She is a Commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equity for the City of New York, on the Global Advisory Council for the United Nations Population Fund and the current president of the International Association for Feminist Economics.



Radhika is the co-author of Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: The radical potential of human rights with James Heintz and Diane Elson (Routledge, 2-16). She is the co-editor with Diane Elson of Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to AccountEconomic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account (Zed Books, 2011). She edited The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Kumarian Press, 2001) and co-edited Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt (Rutgers University Press, 2000). Her research and advocacy work has sought to change the lens through which macroeconomic policy is interpreted and critiqued by applying international human rights norms to assess macroeconomic policy.

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Research Interests

Professor Balakrishnan's work focuses on gender and development, gender and the global economy, human rights and economic and social rights. Her research and advocacy work has sought to change the lens through which macroeconomic policy is interpreted and critiqued by applying international human rights norms to assess macroeconomic policy. 

Courses

Feminist Advocacy for Women's Rights through the United Nations Course
In spring 2019, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership will lead a three-credit experiential course on the practice of feminist advocacy on behalf of women’s human rights at the local, national, and global levels, especially as seen at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The course aims to use the engagement with feminist advocacy praxis as a means for developing critical perspectives on feminist advocacy theory. Course Description; Application; For course highlights, check out this video and this article!

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