CWGL Team

CWGL Team

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  • Rebecca Nichols
  • Development Consultant

Ms. Nichols is a full-time consultant providing senior guidance on global and U.S. domestic non-profit, multi-lateral and philanthropic grant-making, fund-raising, and development around gender, health, and rights issues. She has advised organizations such as Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, for the Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity, Episcopal Relief and Development, the Women's Refugee Commission, and UNFPA. A former full-time philanthropic professional, Ms. Nichols served as a program officer for the Ford Foundation and subsequently the Open Society Foundations. She was also the executive director for the Conference of NGOs. She has two master’s degrees, one in Latin American Studies and, more recently, in Global Public Health, both from NYU.

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  • Camila María Belliard
  • Program Assistant

Camila María Belliard.  WGSS PhD Candidate and Instructor, Program Assistant CWGL.

Camila is a Social Anthropologist, feminist and antiracist activist, and social researcher. Her professional experience has been focused on gender, race, and migration studies in Chile and the Dominican Republic.  In 2013 she researched the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race in the experience of black Caribbean migrants in Chile, this work substantially contributed to the study of processes of sexism and racialization within the black migrant community. In the Dominican Republic, her work focused on development, teaching and research, around gender-based violence, gender education, and training in consultancy with universities like INTEC and UNIBE, and international cooperation agencies. Moreover, she directed two different research projects that focused on migration, sexual trafficking at OBMICA and Dominican-Haitian marginalized community, one in relation to cultural heritage recovery with MUDHA-AECID, and experience of gender-based violence with IDAC.  She has continued her work with gendered and racial violence and precarity experienced by Dominican-Haitian and black women and femmes in the DR and pathways to cope with them through a human rights perspective of resilience, wellbeing, and mental health. 

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  • Ardra Manasi
  • Campaign Manager, Global 16 Days Campaign

Ardra Manasi is a development practitioner based in New York City, with expertise in gender policy, migration, and technology for development. In 2017, Ardra served as a Policy Consultant with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), where she helped organize online consultations with UN Member States on an indicator to measure global migration. Prior to this, she has worked as an independent scholar and intern with UN entities such as the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), where she studied UN Innovation Units and partnerships for smallholder farmers.


Her research and advocacy on gender since 2012 has involved working with diverse women’s groups in India and the US such as tea plantation workers, trafficked women, women's microfinance groups, and women in conflict. Alongside, she has helped develop digital and social media strategies for Plan International’s UN Liaison Office and UN Women, through partnerships with the New School University in New York.


Ardra holds a Master of Arts (MA) in International Affairs from the New School, New York City, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India. Her writings on global development have appeared in Agenda for International Development (A-id), The News Minute, Huffington Post, Madras Courier, Countering Violent Extremism Initiative, and elsewhere. The academic papers she co-authored on the impact of mobile phone technology on female sex workers’ livelihood in India have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Human Technology, Gender, Technology and Development, and Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. On Twitter, she is @ArdraManasi.

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  • Marina Ford
  • Research Assistant, Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence

Marina Ford is a senior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and has a double-minor in Comparative and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Creative Writing. Before interning with CWGL, Marina was the Social Media Intern for the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), a Development Intern at Day One in Manhattan, and a student employee at Rutgers Career Exploration and Success (CES) for over three years. She is part of a two-year, honors-level certificate program with the Institute for Women’s Leadership, where she focuses on human rights and grassroots activism and organizing. Marina is also a member of the Rutgers Chapter of Triota, the National Women's Studies Honor Society. Her research interests include sexual violence against women and other vulnerable groups, and when she graduates, she hopes her career centers around providing resources and being an advocate for survivors.

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  • Michelle Fan
  • Program Assistant, Global 16 Days Campaign

Michelle Fan is a junior at Rutgers University – New Brunswick and Douglass College. She is majoring in Cultural Anthropology and minoring in Gender and Media Studies. Before interning at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, she served as the Head Residential Teaching Assistant for the International Leadership for Social Impact program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently enrolled in the two-year certificate program at the Institute for Women’s Leadership, focusing on the intersection between human rights and law. Her research interests center around cultural heritage preservation and genocide, particularly the gendered aspect of genocide. Her area of focus is Central Asia and East Asia.