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Adriana Piscitelli

Adriana Piscitelli is a feminist social anthropologist, Professor at the University of Campinas/Unicamp (Brazil) and Senior Researcher at the Unicamp’s Centre for Gender Studies. During the last twelve years she has been engaged in studies focusing on transnational sex and marriage markets and human trafficking. She is the author of ‘Revisiting Notions of Sex Trafficking and Victims’ (2012), Vibrant – Brazilian Virtual Anthropology, Vol 9, no. 1-1: 275-310, at:

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Akosua Ampofo Adomako

Akosua Adomako Ampofo: Activist-scholar, Associate Professor, and Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Akosua’s work focuses on race and identity politics; gender and violence; masculinities; and representations of women in popular music. A recent publication (with Michael P.K. Okyerefo and Michael Perverah, 2009) is “Phallic Competence: Fatherhood and the Making of Men in Ghana”; Culture, Societies and Masculinities. She is a member of several organisations including ‘The Ghana Domestic Violence Coalition’; ‘Sociologists for Women in Society’; and ‘The Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association’. Some of her favourite men include Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Desmond Tutu and her husband and partner, Kwame Ampofo. (Some pretty cool women are Meryl Streep and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.) She finds strength in her Christian faith, family and sisterhood.

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Alan Greig

For over ten years, Alan Greig has worked as an international consultant with community-based organisations and activist formations in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia and the USA on the links between personal and political violence. Much of this work has been concerned with issues of masculinity and male power, and how these shape the lives of both women and men. Alan has published widely on these issues, particularly in relation to policies and programming on sexual health and gender-based violence. Through strategic planning, curriculum development and programme evaluations, Alan has supported the design and strengthening of innovative gender work with men rooted in a commitment to gender justice as a central element of social justice.

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Barbara Klugman

Barbara Klugman (MA Social Anthropology; PhD Public Health) works with donors and their grantees to strengthen their social justice grantmaking strategies and institutionalise ways of learning and evaluating these over time. For ten years she ran the Women’s Health Project in South Africa and subsequently the Ford Foundation’s international sexual and reproductive rights initiatives until September 2009. She is an honorary Professor at the Wits School of Public Health, South Africa.

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Cassandra Balchin

Cassandra Balchin is a freelance researcher, writer and human rights advocacy trainer, specialising in the interconnections between gender, law and culture. She is a founder of the Muslim Women’s Network-UK, is on the International Advisory Group for Musawah: a global movement for equality & justice in the Muslim family, and has been part of the international network Women Living Under Muslim Laws for over 15 years. She has published on Muslim family laws, plural legal orders, and international development policy regarding gender and religion.

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Chimaraoke Izugbara

Chimaraoke O. Izugbara, a Nigerian anthropologist, is currently a Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya. An Honorary Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Dr. Izugbara’s research interests are in health, gender, and sexuality. He is also a lecturer-at-large at the Department of Sociology/ Anthropology, University of Uyo, Nigeria.

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Hania Sholkamy

Hania Sholkamy is an Egyptian anthropologist with a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, University of London. She is currently assistant research professor at the Social Research Center of the AUC. Her research interests and publications are mainly in the fields of health, particularly reproductive health, gender, population and qualitative methods. She has co-edited two volumes, Categories and Contexts: Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography (OUP) with S. Szreter and A. Dharmalingam and Health and Identity in Egypt (AUC press) with F. Ghanam. She is the convenor of the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Arab Hub.

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Heba Raouf

Heba Raouf has taught political theory at Cairo University since 1987 and at the American University in Cairo since 2006. Her articles and publications in Arabic include Women and Politics: An Islamic Perspective (International Institute of Islamic Thought) and “The Political Imagination of Islamists: A Conceptual Analysis” in : Islamists and Democrats (Al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies) as well as chapters in English in Globalization, Gender and Religion (Palgrave) and Islam in Transition (Oxford University Press). She is a contributor to Islam Online and the Middle East and North Africa convener for the Building Global Democracy Programme.

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Islah Jad

Islah Jad is a Ph.D holder from SOAS (School of African and Asian Studies), University of London, she lectures on gender and politics in the Women’s Studies Institute and Cultural Studies Department at Birzeit University. Recent publications include: ‘The ‘NGOisation’ of the Arab Women’s Movement’, in Andrea Cornwall, Elizabeth Harrison and Ann Whitehead (eds.) Feminisms in Development: Contradictions, Contestations and Challenges, Zed Books. London (2007) and ‘Islamic Jihad’, in Cheryl A. Rubenberg (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder (2010).

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