Together, we can end gender-based violence against women and girls.
Global Rights for Women provides legal reform and systems change support through a survivor-centered coordinated community response that prioritizes equality and safety.
Founder and Executive Director
Since 1993, Cheryl has worked with partners around the world to promote women’s human rights and achieve effective reform on violence against women.
Director of Operations
Sara brings 15 years of experience in driving organizational growth, including nonprofit consulting and management for organizations in Minnesota, Washington D.C. and abroad.
Director of Programs
Nicole is an attorney with decades of experience using law and policy to strengthen systemic responses to domestic and sexual violence through various roles.
Legal and Policy Advisor
Vayuna Gupta is the Women’s Human Rights Legal and Policy Advisor at GRW. She is a New York and India qualified attorney and a first generation immigrant, bringing extensive experience from working in diverse jurisdictions and with individuals from various nationalities and cultures.
Mingyu recently graduated with a Master of Public Policy degree concentrating on gender policy and international education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She holds a great interest in empowering underprivileged women in vulnerable situations through enhancing their exposure to educational and economic opportunities.
Program Administrative Associate
Lachlan is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison having majored in Political Science. Lachlan is passionate about international relations, political advocacy and interpersonal communication.
Pathways to Family Peace Facilitator
Hunter graduated with her Master’s from Lindenwood University in Criminal Justice Administration. She found a passion in helping victims of violence seek justice.
Pathways to Family Peace Facilitator
Jon is recognized internationally for groundbreaking work conducting men’s non-violence batterer intervention programming.
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.
Patricia’s career has been focused on working with mission-driven organizations seeking to tell their stories through partnership and collaboration.
Communications and Events Coordinator
Sophia graduated from Chapman University. She is passionate about creating sustainable solutions to end global gender-based conflict and tackle international policy reform.
Consultants and Interns
Communications & Administrative Consultant
Sophia is a 2023 graduate from the University of Minnesota, where she obtained her B.A. in Global Studies. Sophia is interested in the powerful impact of communications and community-centered programs on bringing people together to make a difference.
Social Media Consultant
Hanna graduated with her Master of Human Rights from the University of Minnesota. Hanna is interested in the role of communication in promoting feminist causes, and has worked on numerous issues such as gender-based violence, education and social inclusion for women and girls.
help end violence for women and girls
Join the team
At least 1 in 3 women in the world are victims of domestic and sexual assault.
WHO, Violence against women prevalence estimates, 2018.
An organization dedicated exclusively to a woman’s human right to be free from violence.
This injustice and so many others convinced our founder and Executive Director, Cheryl Thomas, acclaimed human rights attorney, that women need an organization dedicated exclusively to their human right to be free from violence. Where survivor’s voices and experiences are the basis for legal reform and systemic change.
Since 2014, our global partnerships include 60+ women’s nongovernmental organizations, government agencies and U.S. Embassies, the United Nations, and global and local experts on violence against women. These trusted partnerships have advanced laws, values and practices aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls.
Together, we’ve impacted more than 65 million women with improved laws, policies and practices, and we will continue our work until all women are provided the human right to live free from gender-based violence.
CONSULTANT EXPERT TRAINERS
Judge Kathryn Quaintance
Judge Elizabeth Cutter
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lynn Anderson, President, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Holiday Companies
Rebecca J. Bentzinger, Certified Clinical Pastoral Educator, UnityPoint Health
Kari Bjorhus, Development and Communications Committee Chair
Jane Blaney, Associate General Counsel, Faegre Drinker
Kathryn Goodwin Brackney, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Holly Eng, Vice President, VP Global Law: Business Operations, Sustainability & Communications, Cargill
Imani Jaafar, Director, Lead Risk Consultant, Target Corporation
Jim Jacobson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Medica (retired)
Imrana Jalal, Special Project Facilitator, Asian Development Bank
Kelley Lindes, Board Member
Rachel Pollock, Governance Committee Chair, Associate General Counsel, Meritex
Christina Ruhinda, Executive Director, Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers
Sally Spence, Global Studies Program Specialist, Office of Global Studies, St. Catherine University
Patrick Weiland, Producer and Director, President at Intuitive Content
Bob Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. (1957-2023)
Ann Newhall, Chief Operating Officer, Rural Cellular Corporation (1951-2015)
Join the movement
Join the global movement to end gender-based violence.
Get updates from the Global Rights for Women team about the work around the world to ensure justice for survivors and how you can advocate for ending gender-based violence in your community.
By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact