Chat Garcia Ramilo – Philippines (Chair)
Chat Garcia Ramilo has been specializing in gender, information and communication technology and women’s electronic networking for the last nine years. Ms Ramilo is currently the Global Coordinator of the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP). She led the development of her organisations ground-breaking Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) Tool for the internet and information and communication technologies and the development of ICT strategies addressing violence against women.
The APC WNSP has been active in the field of Gender and ICT since before the Fourth World Conference on Women (1995), and has been involved in almost all international ICT policy forums including the World Summit on the Information Society.
Ms Ramilo has worked as a gender and ICT consultant for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (UNDAW) and the World Bank. She has also been a speaker and resource person in international workshops and United Nations conferences.
Brigid Inder – New Zealand (Executive Director)
Brigid Inder is the Executive Director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice. She has 25 years of experience working in the international justice, human rights and health fields as a strategic leader and activist for women’s human rights and gender equality.
Ms. Inder has led the development of the organisation’s strategic initiatives including its legal programme, peace negotiation efforts, documentation programme on gender-based crimes in armed conflicts and assessing the impact of violence on women and girls. Ms. Inder is an internationally recognised expert and political adviser to numerous United Nations conferences, global negotiations, election campaigns, political and legal advocacy strategies for accountability before the International Criminal Court, domestic Courts and other transitional justice initiatives. She has worked in the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions particularly in Bangladesh, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Uganda.
Ms. Inder is the immediate past President of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and served on its’ Board of Directors from 2004 – 2010. She was previously the Executive Director of the YWCA of Aotearoa-New Zealand; Manager of HIV/AIDS Services and Programmes at the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON), the largest HIV/AIDS organisation in Australia; and the Director of Combined Community Legal Centres New South Wales.
Brigid Inder has authored and co-authored numerous women’s rights articles and publications including the Gender Report Card on the ICC (2005-2011, co-authored); The ICC, Child Soldiers and Gender Justice (November 2011), and Partners for Gender Justice (chapter, forthcoming publication 2012).
Geetanijali Misra – India (Treasurer)
Geeta is the Executive Director of CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action) a not for profit organization that works internationally. Based in New Delhi, India, CREA empowers women to articulate, demand and access their rights by enhancing women's leadership and focusing on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, violence against women, women's rights and social justice. Before this, Geeta was Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, New Delhi for six years where she focused on reproductive health policy advocacy and women's empowerment; sexuality and HIV/AIDS prevention; and, the recognition of violence against women as a health and human rights issue. Geeta has worked as Program Director at the Environmental Defense Fund and also at Engender Health, The World Bank, and Family Care International. She is the co-founder of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a New York based organization committed to ending violence against women of South Asian origin. Geeta has two Masters degrees; one in Economics and the other in International Affairs.
Maria Eugenia Solis – Guatemala (Secretary)
María Eugenia Solís is a women’s rights advocate and feminist law Professor specializing in labor issues and gender. She is a founding member of La Cuerda, which works on building political alliances with other social movements, running feminist workshops, fighting racism and discrimination, conducting research and activism around the International Criminal Court (ICC). La Cuerda produces the only feminist publication in Guatemala produced since 1997. María Eugenia has done extensive advocacy work in Guatemala on the ICC and on engendering this body. She was the only advocate from Guatemala to work with the Women´s Caucus for Gender Justice. María Eugenia has written about the implementation of CEDAW in Guatemala, sexual harassment; the ICC, gender, law and health; and produced training materials for women on labour law, economic and social human rights, sexuality and analyzing the criminal justice system from a gender perspective.