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

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016

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.

Waldistrudis Hurtado - Colombia


Master in Public Administration and Social Management, consultant in Gender and Public Policies, committed to the rights of women in their ethnic and intercultural diversity. She has excelled in training processes for gender equality, and elimination of gender violence. Delegate to the OAS as Civil Society Actors in the different Assemblies and Summits of the Americas. Waldistrudis Hurtado is part of the Arco Iris Siglo XXI Foundation, a member of the Coalition of the Afro-Descendant Movement of the Americas, and is currently part of the National Group of the National Social and Political Movement of Afro-Colombian Black Women, Palenquera and Raizales.

Quiteria Franco – Venezuela


Bachelor of Education, with a focus on Languages by the University of Zulia. University professor with a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the Simón Bolívar University and training in Human Rights and feminism. Activist and defender of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people. Coordinator of the Civil Association Affirmative Union of Venezuela, member organization of the LGBTI Network of Venezuela, Red Naranja and the International Lesbian and Gay Association (International Lesbian and Gay Association-ILGA). Adviser, trainer and researcher of the Human Rights of LGBTI people.

Marilyn Ramón Medellín – Mexico


Young lawyer and defender of human rights of Mazahua origin, co-founder of the Human Rights Center "KE'GUA RERICHEJUI A.C.", Marilyn Ramón Medellín is part of the Commission of Children and Youth of the National Coordinator of Indigenous Women (CONAMI for its acronym in Spanish). Member of the Continental Liaison for Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA for its acronym in Spanish). She has experience in the defense and promotion of the human rights of indigenous women, youth and children, particularly in matters of prevention of gender violence, sexual and reproductive health, access to justice for indigenous women and the rights of indigenous communities.

Gia Gaspard Taylor – Trinidad and Tobago


President of the Network of Rural Women Producers, empowering them to enhance their social and economic wellbeing, networking with other women's organizations, a CEDAW Champion and Chair of the Sub-Committee on the rights of rural women and girls: Cities 4 CEDAW and UN Women "Every Caribbean Woman -Every Caribbean Child" linking SDG's and CEDAW. in collaboration with Municipalities and Regional Corporation.

Substitute members: 

Janeth Lozano – Colombia


Feminist educator for the popular sectors and human rights defender activist. She has been part of the Popular Education Network among Women of Latin America and the Caribbean (REPEM LAC for its acronym in Spanish) in Colombia and was a regional coordinator some years ago. She has a long history of working in the accompaniment of processes with indigenous women in the country, from where she has dedicated herself to support the strengthening of processes of formation, organization, participation and political incidence of indigenous women, for which she has produced pedagogical tools. Janeth Lozano has made important contributions to the process of indigenous women in the country, adding visibility of her situation before national and international authorities. She currently serves as the Advisory Group for Civil Society for UN Women Colombia, and actively participates in the feminist movement, social movements, human rights and peace by promoting advocacy and representation in different areas in favor of the practice of women's rights.

Ileana La Rosa – Venezuela


Outstanding Social Entrepreneur with long experience in areas related to Gender Equality, Women's Human Rights and their Empowerment. La Rosa, Bachelor in Literature with training in Corporate Social Responsibility and Activist in Women's Rights, is Founder and Director of Aliadas en Cadena AC. In 12 years of activity she has directly motivated more than 31 thousand women, achieving an impact on her economic productivity and personal autonomy. She has also generated strong connections with networks and women's organizations. Ileana La Rosa is a member of the international organization ASHOKA as a Social Entrepreneur since 2013. In 2016 she was the recipient of the 2016 GEM TECH Award, granted by UN Women and the ITU in the category "Application of Technology for the empowerment and digital inclusion of women ", and in 2017 she was awarded the CEMEXTEC International prize in the Social Entrepreneur category, awarded by the Tecnológico de Monterrey, CEMEX and the international organization ASHOKA. In 2017, together with other SDGs, promoted the communication platform "Women Propose" in Venezuela, promoting the national meeting of women's organizations to jointly develop agendas of pending issues in public policies that affect the full exercise of women’s active citizenship.

Gloria Careaga Pérez – Mexico


Master in Social Psychology by the UNAM (Mexico’s National University) and professor in the School of Psychology of this same house of studies, Gloria Careaga is an activist and feminist from Mexico City who has worked in defense of human rights and LGBT rights; she also has several publications where she has addressed sexuality and society, and more recently she has focused on gender issues. Careaga is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of El Clóset de Sor Juana, one of the oldest lesbian groups in Mexico, as well as the Fundación Arcoiris, a group that studies and researches sexuality.

Ro-Ann Mohammed - Barbados


Ro-Ann Mohammed is an intersectional feminist and social justice activist. Co-Founder and Co-Director of Barbados - Gays, Lesbians and All-Sexuals against Discrimination (B-GLAD) and former Grantmaking Advisor to FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund; her work focuses particularly on intersectional oppression with a specific interest in LGBTQI people, women and racial inequality. She continues to implement community building and public advocacy initiatives throughout the Caribbean.


Kena Lorenzini - Chile


is a Chilean feminist, psychologist, and human rights activist specialized in gender issues. She has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and is Co-Founder and member of the Board of Corporación Humanas (Regional Centre for Human Rights and Gender Justice). For 13 years, she has also been hosting the Programme Politically Humans, which aims to place women's public interest on the agenda of political leaders, NGOs representatives and the civil society, as well as serve as citizen monitoring mechanism on the public’s positions and commitment to democracy. Kena has an extensive experience in the design and implementation of projects and research initiatives focused on citizenship and gender justice, and she is author of several publications concerning women's human rights, sexual identity and lesbianism. During the dictatorship, and to this day, Kena has also been working as photographer, winning the Altazor Award which is the highest award given by her peers in Chile. 

Mónica Novillo - Bolivia

Monica Novillo

is a Bolivian communications expert, specialized in Gender and Public Policies, and Gender Sensitive Budgeting against Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently preparing her Master's thesis in Public Policies on Gender, focusing on political participation issues. Mónica has extensive experience working with women's organizations in capacity-building programmes on gender, leadership, citizenship and political advocacy for women's human rights, as well as developing political advocacy and gender-mainstreaming strategies aimed at the incorporation of women's rights in normative proposals. Mónica is part of the feminist movement in Bolivia, and she is currently serving as Executive Director of Coordinadora de la Mujer (a network of NGOs which promote the rights of women in Bolivia) and Co-President of the Civil Society Organizations Alliance for Development Effectiveness. She is author of several publications on women's political participation, gender and HIV/AIDS.