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GRW staff have been working in the violence against women field for decades and are tireless in their efforts to ensure that our network of partners has consistent access to the current best practices and developments happening across the globe on bettering responses to violence against women.

GRW staff have been working in the violence against women field for decades and are tireless in their efforts to ensure that our network of partners has consistent access to the current best practices and developments happening across the globe on bettering responses to violence against women.

Our Staff

Sara Mowchan

Development and Communications Manager
Sara brings a wealth of experience in driving organizational growth, including nonprofit consulting work for organizations in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota, internationally in China and Jordan, and previously worked as a Community Manager for the American Cancer Society in Duluth, MN.
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Christy Flikke

 

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Cheryl Thomas

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Since 1993, Ms. Thomas has worked with partners around the world to promote women’s human rights and achieve…
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Melissa Scaia

Director of International Training
In her position at GRW she brings a wealth of experience as the former…
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Helen Rubenstein

Senior Counsel
Helen has traveled to Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Tanzania, Moldova, and Russia and Turkey to conduct trainings and presentations, and carry out human rights fact-finding on the legal system…
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Caroline Alkire

Administrative Associate
She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 2017, where she studied Political…
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Graham Barnes

Legal Reform and Resource Specialist
Previously, Graham was Shine’s Senior Trainer and DVFREE Workplace Coordinator in Auckland Aotearoa/NZ. Initially…
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Consultant Expert Trainers

Kay Arola

Carol Arthur

Marcus Brunning

Judge Elizabeth Cutter

Gabrielle Davis

Judge Shaun Floerke

Lori Flohaug

Laura Goodman

Lieutenant Scott Jenkins

Judge Kathryn Quaintance

Julie Tilley

Board of Directors

Lynn Anderson, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Holiday Companies

Liz Barrere, Owner, Liz Barrere Consulting

Holly Eng, Vice President and General Counsel, Cargill

Bob Hamilton (Treasurer), Chief Operating Officer, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Richard Ihrig (Board Chair), Director, Richard Ihrig Law Firm
Imani Jaafar, Director, Office of Police Conduct Review (City of Minneapolis)

Jim Jacobson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Medica

Jennifer Kemp, Founding Partner, Cimarron Winter

Lavina Lau, CEO, River of Goods

Susan Nestor Levy, Executive Vice President (retired), Ascension Health Alliance

Lynn Schubert, President, Surety & Fidelity Association of America (retired)

Sally Spence, Global Studies Program Specialist, Office of Global Studies, St. Catherine University

Our Vision

Global Rights for Women is a leading voice in the global movement to end violence against women and girls. GRW builds international partnerships that advance laws, values, and practices to create communities where all women and girls live free from violence and threats of violence. In times of greater resistance to human rights from regressive forces, GRW makes an uncompromising commitment to the universal acceptance of women and girls’ human right to be free from violence.

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