Paula Narváez, Programme Specialist
Latin America and the Caribbean, UN Women
Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Economics and Regional Development. She is also completing her Master’s degree in Latin American issues at Georgetown University. Paula worked for the Chilean Government for 14 years of which she spent 8 years at Servicio Nacional de la Mujer, the Women’s Ministry in Chile. In that role she applied her professional skills improving women’s social conditions, developing women’s leadership trainings and promoting strategies against violence towards women. For more than 6 years she worked at different governmental agencies and social foundations in her country.
Paula has significant experience working on the development of dialogue strategies in different fields; principally between employers and workers, and also between women’s groups and government. She has participated in international conferences promoting social rights and conflict resolutions strategies.
Currently, Paula works as programme specialist in Latin America and the Caribbean at UN Women.
Eugenia Lopez Uribe, Executive Director
Balance Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud A.C.
Eugenia Lopez Uribe is a feminist who has worked on sexual and reproductive rights of women and youth in rural and urban marginalized areas for more than 20 years. She holds a M.A. in Social and Political Studies from the National University (UNAM). She has worked with different institutions of the Ministry of Health, NGO’s from the feminist and SRHR movements, such as The Population Council and Ipas México, academy such as the Colegio de México and Instituto Mora and international agencies such as UNFPA and the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning. Eugenia was part of the funder group of abortion and youth advocates called Decidir (Choice: Youth Coalition for Sexual Citizenship) and started the Youth Committee in the Board of MEXFAM, the national affiliate of IPPF. She is currently the executive director of the Mexican women’s rights organization Balance Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud A.C. She is part of the Board of Athena Network, Fundación Arcoiris por el Respeto de la Diversidad Sexual (Mexico), adviser for the Urgent Action Fund for Women of Latin America and the subsecretariat for women of ILGA LAC.
Mallika Dutt, founder of global human rights organization Breakthrough, is one of today’s most innovative, admired, and effective leaders in cultural transformation. Dutt has reinvented the delivery of social and behavioral change through a mix of stirring multimedia campaigns, smart social media, cutting-edge pop culture and authentic on-the-ground community engagement. Her entrepreneurial style and ability to pinpoint the leading edge of the cultural arc has inspired millions to take bold action, motivating them to challenge deeply entrenched norms and attitudes, and bring the ideals of dignity, equality and justice into their own communities.
Through Breakthrough, Dutt puts innovative media tools and technology in the hands of people and communities, inspiring them to share their stories of transformation, bringing empowerment, enlightenment and opportunity to a new generation of leaders emerging from the margins.
Itumeleng Komanyane joined Sonke at the beginning of 2012 as the International GBV Project Coordinator. She provides management and technical input for a gender- based violence (GBV) project funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. The project advocates for GBV laws and policies in Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, and within African regional governance mechanisms, and works to include language on engaging men and boys in GBV prevention, and improve implementation of existing GBV laws and policies.
Itumeleng has more than 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, working on HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, vulnerable populations, youth leadership, behaviour change and gender-based programming. Itumeleng has also worked as a National Director of the Girl Guides Association of South Africa, and at OLIVE Leaf Foundation as a Family Wellness Programme Manager. She is passionate about personal development, social entrepreneurship and development communication, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences.
She enjoys reading and travel and is an aspiring blogger.