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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

Nazifa Wazirzada

Administrative Associate
Nazifa Wazirzada is the Administrative Associate at Global Rights for Women. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2019, where she pursued her degree in International Studies and Communication with a minor in Chinese.
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Laura Wilson

Women's Human Rights Attorney
Laura previously practiced in immigration law and youth law with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, where she represented many survivors of gender-based violence.
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Sara Mowchan

Development and Communications Manager
Sara brings over 10 years of experience in driving organizational growth, including nonprofit consulting work for organizations in several countries and previously worked as a Community Manager for the American Cancer Society in Duluth, MN.
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Christy Flikke

Finance Manager
Christy has a Finance Degree and worked with high net worth clients and their businesses at U.S. Bank Private Client Group and before that in Credit Administration at Marquette Bank.
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Cheryl Thomas

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Since 1993, Cheryl has worked with partners around the world to promote women’s human rights and achieve effective reform on violence against women.
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Melissa Scaia

Director of International Training
Melissa brings a wealth of experience as the former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), also known as “the Duluth Model.”
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Helen Rubenstein

Consulting Attorney
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 response to violence against women.
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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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