Members of the Civil Society Advisory Group in Latin America and the Caribbean 2012-2016

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016

Arely Cano Meza - Nicaragua

ONU Mujeres

Remarkable activist with 15 years’ experience in the promotion of HIV positive people’s human rights. For 6 years she was the President of one of the first organizations of people living with HIV in Nicaragua (ASONVIHSIDA), where she remained active in various spaces such as the National Mechanism Country Coordinator (CONISIDA) and the HIV Positive Central American Network (REDCA). Currently she holds the position of Regional Secretary of the International Community of HIV Positive Women.

Claudia Cecilia Anzorena - Argentina

ONU Mujeres

Social researcher, with an interest in the relations between women, the State and citizenship in public policy. She’s a feminist, sexual and reproductive rights activist and co-coordinates the Argentinian Women Information Network (RIMA: She graduated with an undergraduate in Sociology in 2002 (FCPyS, UNCuyo). She’s a gender and public policy specialist (2004, PRIGEPP, FLACSO). In 2004 she received a PhD scholarship from CONICET with which she was able to achieve a Magister in Education Policy and Management (2008, UNLuján) as well as a PhD in Social Sciences (2009, FCS, UBA).

Gloria Quispe Giron - Peru

ONU Mujeres

Quechua young leader, member of the Continental Union of Indigenous American Women (EMCIA), as well as of the Peruvian Indigenous Youth Organizations Network (REOJIP) and of the Ayacucho Indigenous Youth Organizations of Peru (Ñuqanchik).

Guerda Benjamin - Haiti

ONU Mujeres

Volunteer with vast experience in women’s organizations in Haiti, particularly in themes which have an effect on women’s human rights, including the protection against gender-based violence in humanitarian situations and for the LGBTIQ community. She also has experience in the field of human rights, fighting against the trafficking of women and girls and in sensitization of police forces and community groups.

Kena Lorenzini - Chile

ONU Mujeres

Vice-president of Corporación Humanas (Regional Center for Human Rights and Gender Justice in Chile), feminist, psychologist, photographer, communicator and writer, with recognized experience in the defense of women’s human rights in Chile and Latin America. Co-founder of Mujeres por la Vida in the 80s in Chile and of Corporación Humanas in 2004.

Mónica Novillo - Bolivia

ONU Mujeres

Social, feminist communicator, with experience in various media outlets of local and national coverage in Bolivia. She has a postgraduate degree in Gender and Public Policy and has worked in NGOs in promoting and defending women’s rights, municipal planning and citizen participation. She has been a consultant for international organizations in the issues of sexual and reproductive rights, political participation and HIV/AIDS. She is currently the Executive Secretary of the Women’s Coordinating body in Bolivia.

Maria Fernanda Gándara - Mexico

ONU Mujeres

JYoung woman with a passion for technology, entrepreneurship and social impact. She has an undergraduate degree in Architecture as well as certificates in Leadership for Social and Sustainable Development from one of the most innovative schools of Silicon Valley. She has experience in the areas of corporate social responsibility, impact and capital risk investment for start-ups and works to support the initiatives of Datos Abiertos y Gobierno Abierto en Mexico. She is a member of the “Global Shapers” community of the World Economic Forum, amongst others.

Alma Espino – Uruguay

Economist, researcher and lectured at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Administration at Universidad de la República. Member of the Uruguayan National System of Researchers. Since 1997 she has acted as Coordinator of for Gender and Development of the Inter Disciplinary Center of Development Studies of Uruguay (CIEDUR). She is a regular speaker at the Regional Progamme of Training in Gender and Public Policy and is a member of the Latin American Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economy. She is also member of the International Association of Feminist Economics.

Ana Carcedo - Costa Rica

Feminist activist and academic and founder and Chair of the Feminist Center for Information and Action (CEFEMINA). She coordinates the Central American Observatory for the Elimination of Femicide of the Central American Network of Violence against Women. She is a lecturer in the Master’s degree in Women’s Studies of the University of Costa Rica and has ample experience as a researcher with an emphasis on violence against women, feminist economy and women and migration. She was born in Spain and has been living in Costa Rica for the past 40 years. 

Denise Dora – Brazil

Lawyer, feminist and human rights activist. She holds a Master’s in International Norms in Human Rights from the University of Essex (UK) and in History and Politics from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Rio de Janeiro). She is currently member of the Board of THEMIS – Gender and Law and of the Human Rights Fund of Brazil.

Line Bareiro – Paraguay

Feminist lawyer and political scientist. She was a researcher at the Institute of Political Sciences of Heidelberg University (Germany) and lecturer in postgraduate courses in Spain and 5 Latin American countries. She is co-founder of the Center of Documentation and Studies, of the Coordinating Network of Paraguayan Women and of the Network against All Forms of Discrimination. She was member of the UN/CEDAW Committee (2011-2014). She is also a lecturer at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLASCO) in Argentina and Academic Director of its Course in Gender and Justice.

Otilia Lux de Cotí – Guatemala

Ms. Lux de Coti is a Maya k’iche woman. She holds a degree in Educational Administration and is member of the Steering Group of the Latin American and Caribbean Indigenous Fund, of the Democratic Alert Group. She is a lecturer in indigenous women studies in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has been a Congresswoman and Minister of Culture and Sports in Guatemala. She has also held the position of Guatemalan Representative to the Executive Council of UNESCO and expert in at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She has also served as a member of the Commission of Truth on the Violation of Human Rights and Violent Acts in Guatemala and representative of the Global Caucus of Indigenous Women in the Advocacy Group for the Resolution of the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples. She has also been Executive Director of the International Forum of Indigenous Women (FIMI).

Paola Yáñez – Bolivia

Afro-Bolivian activist. She was Executive Director of the Afro-Bolivian Center for Comprehensive and Community Development (CADIC) and expert in issues of gender, women’s rights and indigenous peoples’ rights. She is currently Coordinator of the Network of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women for the Andean Sub-region.

Stephanie Leitch - Trinidad and Tobago

Founder and co-director of WOMANTRA, a Trinidadian feminist organization led by young women. For the past 10 years she has been involved in the defense of women’s rights and humanity, as well as those of girls and sexual minorities, focusing on issues such as sexual and racial oppression. She has studied and lectured in the Institute of Gender and Development Studies.