South-South Exchange Organizing Committee

Jennifer EmickJennifer Emick

Jennifer has worked in the social sector for the past 4 years, doing everything from children’s oral hygiene interventions, educational access research, environmental restoration projects and water and sanitation campaigns. In 2010, Jennifer co-founded Rooted in Hope, an international nonprofit organization, where she heads the organization’s environmental awareness programs and watershed protection projects in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, Jennifer has overseen the planting of over 40,000 trees in Kenya, has led an educational workshop for 1,000 Kenyan students and has launched a sanitation project in six secondary schools.

Jennifer currently serves as the Communications Associate for Akili Dada, a leadership incubator investing in academically gifted African women from underprivileged backgrounds, where she manages communications, brokers partnerships and serves as the organization’s US-based representative.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of San Francisco where she focused on gender equality, human rights and global water issues. She also holds dual bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the California State University, Chico.

Detailed descriptions of Jennifer’s work are available at her online portfolio.

rgwarada-photoRufaro Gwarada

Rufaro is committed to development in Africa that is rooted in gender equality and the realization of women’s rights. She also has a special interest in adolescents’ sexual and reproductive education and HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation. Rufaro currently serves as content developer and advisor for Africa Speaks 4 Africa an e-zine that showcases African voices. Previously she was Grants Manager at Camfed, an international nonprofit supporting girls’ education in five African countries; served as an UN online volunteer researcher and writer for OECD’s Wikigender project; and was an HIV Peer Education and Tester at the Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services (CARES) in Sacramento, CA.

Rufaro holds a master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex (U.K.) and a bachelor’s degree from the School of International Studies at University of the Pacific.

KHoffman-photoKorin Hoffman

Korin is a communications pro who is passionate about gender equality and international education. She has been a Program Coordinator at the Institute of International Education for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) since 2011. She is currently a volunteer mentor at MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) and serves on the board of The Mira Scholars Foundation, an organization that provides small grants to educational programs in Cambodia. In addition, Korin coaches girls’ artistic gymnastics at American Gymnastics Club. Korin holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and a Masters in Human Rights from the University College Dublin in Ireland. She loves international travel and making global connections through social media.

jlovas-photoJudit Lovas

Judit is a Masters Student in the Gender Studies Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada.  Judit has always been sensitive to family problems, childcare and women’s rights. After finishing law school and completing the 3-year legal internship, Judit established her own law firm in Hungary. Besides running her office, Judit was working for the Families’ and Children’s Welfare Centre in Debrecen (Hungary) where she was giving general legal aid for women, children and families in need. Throughout Judit’s work she has helped numerous poor and indigent women; represented them mainly in family-law cases at bar. In 2010, she joined the only women’s association in her hometown, known as “Kördáma”. The title of Judit’s law school thesis was “Domestic violence in Hungarian criminal justice” in which she examined women’s role in their social and family lives. At Memorial University, Judit’s research areas are (1) the legal situation of women in North American legal systems; (2) human rights of women in EU law as well as in international law; and (3) women’s role in their lives with emphasis on the handling of domestic violence in foreign countries. In her spare time, Judit attends several programs organized by women associations such as Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland. Judit’s plan is to stand effectively for the rights of women on a higher, international level in the future.

cphillips_photoChristal Phillips

Christal Phillips is a Visiting Professor of journalism and gender studies at Yonsei University. She is also a staff member at the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development (IPAID) in South Korea where she is managing editor of the Journal of Poverty Alleviation and International Development (JPAID). She is a member of the Asian Association for Women’s Studies (AAWA) and through her work as an educator has collaborated with several non-profit organizations in South Korea including One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and the Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network (KUMSN). She has been quoted in the international press including the Trustlaw Women Poll 2012 on the worst and best G20 countries for women. Her writing has been published in both academic journals and the mainstream media. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan.


A Contribution ToCSW57 Logo


In Support OfUNiTE Logo