Founders

  Marissa Conw  ay  | Co-Founder and UK Director | London  The idea for CFFP initially came about as Marissa worked on her MA in Gender Studies from 2015 - 2016. Eager to engage with feminist analysis to better understand international relations, she began to seek out a conversation which uses feminism as a theoretical tool to analyze politics and power. Much of her personal feminism stems directly from the example of Cynthia Enloe's encouragement of a feminist curiosity, one which takes women's lives seriously.  Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Marissa moved to London to pursue her MA. She holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music from Chapman University, and an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. She currently works as Director of Writing at  Triarc  and Communications Officer at the  Action on Smoking and Health . She also works as a freelance writer, often publishing on feminist foreign policy and related topics.   Her areas of interest and research include: nuclear nonproliferation, US foreign policy, national security, masculinity, and feminist IR theory.   Follow her on Twitter here.

Marissa Conway | Co-Founder and UK Director | London

The idea for CFFP initially came about as Marissa worked on her MA in Gender Studies from 2015 - 2016. Eager to engage with feminist analysis to better understand international relations, she began to seek out a conversation which uses feminism as a theoretical tool to analyze politics and power. Much of her personal feminism stems directly from the example of Cynthia Enloe's encouragement of a feminist curiosity, one which takes women's lives seriously.

Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Marissa moved to London to pursue her MA. She holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music from Chapman University, and an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. She currently works as Director of Writing at Triarc and Communications Officer at the Action on Smoking and Health. She also works as a freelance writer, often publishing on feminist foreign policy and related topics. 

Her areas of interest and research include: nuclear nonproliferation, US foreign policy, national security, masculinity, and feminist IR theory.

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  Kristina Lunz    | Co-Founder and Germany Director | Berlin  Kristina onboarded as a co-founder of CFFP in January of 2018. Previously, she was with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar. Before that, Kristina worked for Sisma Mujer - a Colombian local women’s rights NGO - on the inclusivity of the country’s peace process around the time of the referendum in Bogotá late 2016.  Kristina graduated with distinction from University College London’s School of Public Policy. She did a second master’s at the Oxford Department of International Development in diplomacy. During her time in Oxford she started getting involved in activism and has been campaigning since. Amongst others, she was an advisor to UN Women National Committee Germany on the 'No Means No' campaign to change the German law on sexualised violence and rape. In July 2016 the law was changed making consent the criterion for rape – a milestone for the women’s rights movement. For another grassroots campaign, ‘Against sexualised violence and racism. #Ausnahmslos’, Kristina and her team were awarded a women’s rights prize by a German parliamentary party.  Educational equality and dismantling classism is another of Kristina’s passions. This is mainly inspired by her own story: Making it to Oxford against all odds as a working class girl from the countryside. This has led her to founding ‘Initiative: Augenhöhe’, a mentorship and leadership programme for working-class children from the village.  In addition Kristina has been the research advisor on international arms trade, and international security and female empowerment for the three times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and founder of numerous NGOs, Dr Scilla Elworthy. She is also a freelance writer and frequently publishes on topics including activism, women’s rights, education, and international politics.

Kristina Lunz | Co-Founder and Germany Director | Berlin

Kristina onboarded as a co-founder of CFFP in January of 2018. Previously, she was with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar. Before that, Kristina worked for Sisma Mujer - a Colombian local women’s rights NGO - on the inclusivity of the country’s peace process around the time of the referendum in Bogotá late 2016.

Kristina graduated with distinction from University College London’s School of Public Policy. She did a second master’s at the Oxford Department of International Development in diplomacy. During her time in Oxford she started getting involved in activism and has been campaigning since. Amongst others, she was an advisor to UN Women National Committee Germany on the 'No Means No' campaign to change the German law on sexualised violence and rape. In July 2016 the law was changed making consent the criterion for rape – a milestone for the women’s rights movement. For another grassroots campaign, ‘Against sexualised violence and racism. #Ausnahmslos’, Kristina and her team were awarded a women’s rights prize by a German parliamentary party.

Educational equality and dismantling classism is another of Kristina’s passions. This is mainly inspired by her own story: Making it to Oxford against all odds as a working class girl from the countryside. This has led her to founding ‘Initiative: Augenhöhe’, a mentorship and leadership programme for working-class children from the village.

In addition Kristina has been the research advisor on international arms trade, and international security and female empowerment for the three times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and founder of numerous NGOs, Dr Scilla Elworthy. She is also a freelance writer and frequently publishes on topics including activism, women’s rights, education, and international politics.

Core Team

  Joana Ortiz  | Social Media Coordinator | Boston  Joana is currently serving as Manager of Marketing and Communications at Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) in Boston, MA. Her role involves brand strategy, media relations, and working on youth initiatives with the City of Boston and the state of MA. Joana’s passion for equal access to education for all stemmed at a young age when she learned about the various barriers to quality education young people face worldwide- in particular, the barriers facing young girls. With her wide experience in the private and public sectors, Joana aims to represent women of color everywhere and disrupt the face of diplomatic affairs. Aside from working to reinvigorate the definition of human rights for women, Joana serves on the Young Education Professionals-Boston board and is an avid Foreign Policy magazine reader. She received her B.A. in International Relations with concentrations in European History and the French language from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.   Follow her on Twitter here.

Joana Ortiz | Social Media Coordinator | Boston

Joana is currently serving as Manager of Marketing and Communications at Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) in Boston, MA. Her role involves brand strategy, media relations, and working on youth initiatives with the City of Boston and the state of MA. Joana’s passion for equal access to education for all stemmed at a young age when she learned about the various barriers to quality education young people face worldwide- in particular, the barriers facing young girls. With her wide experience in the private and public sectors, Joana aims to represent women of color everywhere and disrupt the face of diplomatic affairs. Aside from working to reinvigorate the definition of human rights for women, Joana serves on the Young Education Professionals-Boston board and is an avid Foreign Policy magazine reader. She received her B.A. in International Relations with concentrations in European History and the French language from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.

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  Emily Webster  | Events Coordinator | London  Emily Webster currently holds the position of Events Coordinator at LSE Generate, where she works to build Generate’s network of entrepreneurs throughout the world. She has assisted in organising panels, talks and festivals all focusing on enterprise, with a particular interest in social impact and innovation. She previously graduated from King’s College London with an MA in Conflict, Security and Development (with Distinction) in 2017. Apart from her roles with CFFP and LSE Generate, she volunteers for the LSE LGBT+ staff network in their communications team and also for the Young Funding Network, who run multiple crowdfunding events for social enterprises throughout the year.   Follow her on Twitter here.

Emily Webster | Events Coordinator | London

Emily Webster currently holds the position of Events Coordinator at LSE Generate, where she works to build Generate’s network of entrepreneurs throughout the world. She has assisted in organising panels, talks and festivals all focusing on enterprise, with a particular interest in social impact and innovation. She previously graduated from King’s College London with an MA in Conflict, Security and Development (with Distinction) in 2017. Apart from her roles with CFFP and LSE Generate, she volunteers for the LSE LGBT+ staff network in their communications team and also for the Young Funding Network, who run multiple crowdfunding events for social enterprises throughout the year.

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  Allison Spiegel  | Grants Coordinator | Toronto  Originally from Toronto, Canada, Allison has recently completed her MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London. Her dissertation focused on discursive representations of Afghan women in the British press post-9/11 as a means of justifying foreign interventionism; she argued that a feminist foreign effort cannot be considered genuine if it is not matched by similarly feminist domestic efforts. Her research interests include discursive representations of the “Other”, experiences of forced migrants from the Modern Middle East, and human rights in Israel and Palestine.  Before this, Allison earned her Hons BA in History and Middle East Studies with a concentration on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from the University of Toronto; she followed-up her studies by volunteering with Heart-to-Heart’s local outreach committee (a project of the  Givat Haviva Education Foundation  in Israel and  Hashomer Hatzair/Camp Shomria  in Canada). Allison is passionate about female mentorship and was recognized for her efforts as a recipient of the inaugural St. Hilda’s Board of Trustees Leadership Award in 2015.

Allison Spiegel | Grants Coordinator | Toronto

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Allison has recently completed her MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London. Her dissertation focused on discursive representations of Afghan women in the British press post-9/11 as a means of justifying foreign interventionism; she argued that a feminist foreign effort cannot be considered genuine if it is not matched by similarly feminist domestic efforts. Her research interests include discursive representations of the “Other”, experiences of forced migrants from the Modern Middle East, and human rights in Israel and Palestine.

Before this, Allison earned her Hons BA in History and Middle East Studies with a concentration on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from the University of Toronto; she followed-up her studies by volunteering with Heart-to-Heart’s local outreach committee (a project of the Givat Haviva Education Foundation in Israel and Hashomer Hatzair/Camp Shomria in Canada). Allison is passionate about female mentorship and was recognized for her efforts as a recipient of the inaugural St. Hilda’s Board of Trustees Leadership Award in 2015.

 
  Raíssa Vitorio Pereira    | Online Journal Editor-in-Chief | London  Originally from Brasília, Brazil. Raíssa was rewarded the Santander Taught Master’s Scholarship to complete her M.A. in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her dissertation examines how discourses of a Brazilian “pacifist nature” were used by the government to reframe military masculinity and argues that Brazilian soldiers are better suited for peacekeeping operations, and consequently, projecting Brazil as a humanitarian leadership.  Raíssa also holds a B.A. in International Relations from Universidade de Brasília. During her degree, she was a member of the Centre for Gender and International Relations Studies (CEGRI) and of the Tutorial Education Program on International Relations (PET-REL), which allowed her to conduct group discussions and research concerning gender and international security. She was also General Coordinator to the International Relations’ Students Union and intern at Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).  Her areas of research are gender in international security, men and masculinities in foreign policy, securitization, women’s reproductive rights, and Brazilian and South American politics.

Raíssa Vitorio Pereira | Online Journal Editor-in-Chief | London

Originally from Brasília, Brazil. Raíssa was rewarded the Santander Taught Master’s Scholarship to complete her M.A. in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her dissertation examines how discourses of a Brazilian “pacifist nature” were used by the government to reframe military masculinity and argues that Brazilian soldiers are better suited for peacekeeping operations, and consequently, projecting Brazil as a humanitarian leadership.

Raíssa also holds a B.A. in International Relations from Universidade de Brasília. During her degree, she was a member of the Centre for Gender and International Relations Studies (CEGRI) and of the Tutorial Education Program on International Relations (PET-REL), which allowed her to conduct group discussions and research concerning gender and international security. She was also General Coordinator to the International Relations’ Students Union and intern at Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Her areas of research are gender in international security, men and masculinities in foreign policy, securitization, women’s reproductive rights, and Brazilian and South American politics.

 
  Simone Lieban Levine  | Online Journal Editor-in-Chief | New York  After receiving her BA in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland, Simone began working as a paralegal so she could explore the legal profession by day and keep her finger on the pulse of the intersectional feminist movement by night (and weekend). Now based in New York City, she is an aspiring law student for the class of 2021, and hopes to use her upcoming legal education to work in public interest. Her areas of interest circle around the endless ways that racial and reproductive justice overlap with other feminist issues, such as criminal justice and concepts of national or group identities.

Simone Lieban Levine | Online Journal Editor-in-Chief | New York

After receiving her BA in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland, Simone began working as a paralegal so she could explore the legal profession by day and keep her finger on the pulse of the intersectional feminist movement by night (and weekend). Now based in New York City, she is an aspiring law student for the class of 2021, and hopes to use her upcoming legal education to work in public interest. Her areas of interest circle around the endless ways that racial and reproductive justice overlap with other feminist issues, such as criminal justice and concepts of national or group identities.

 
  Jennifer Brough  | Interview Coordinator | London  While gaining her BA in English Literature at the University of Warwick, Jennifer was involved in the Warwick Anti-Sexism Society, directed and acted in performances of  The Vagina Monologues,  and read and wrote women-centered short stories and plays. Since graduating, she has worked in publishing and is currently studying for an MA in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS part-time. Her areas of interest include the relationship between academia and activism, intersectional feminism, and decolonizing and diversifying knowledge production.    Follow her on Twitter here.

Jennifer Brough | Interview Coordinator | London

While gaining her BA in English Literature at the University of Warwick, Jennifer was involved in the Warwick Anti-Sexism Society, directed and acted in performances of The Vagina Monologues, and read and wrote women-centered short stories and plays. Since graduating, she has worked in publishing and is currently studying for an MA in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS part-time. Her areas of interest include the relationship between academia and activism, intersectional feminism, and decolonizing and diversifying knowledge production. 

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  Elinor MnNamee    | PR Coordinator | London  Elinor is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace, and Security. She holds a BA (Hons) in International Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate in Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Elinor currently works with Equal Voice Canada, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada. In her role as Network Leader, Elinor has worked with diverse women from across Canada to build policy toolkits addressing gender issues in politics and the workplace. In this capacity, she has testified before the House of Commons Status of Women Committee on the importance of gender equality in leadership and politics. Prior to moving to London, Elinor worked with the Canadian Red Cross in Disaster Management, providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities impacted by disaster. She has previously worked for the Government of Canada in trade, policy, and communications, and for non-profit organizations in leadership development and gender mainstreaming programs. Elinor’s areas of research lie at the intersections of feminist theory, armed conflict, international law, and foreign policy.  

Elinor MnNamee | PR Coordinator | London

Elinor is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace, and Security. She holds a BA (Hons) in International Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate in Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Elinor currently works with Equal Voice Canada, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada. In her role as Network Leader, Elinor has worked with diverse women from across Canada to build policy toolkits addressing gender issues in politics and the workplace. In this capacity, she has testified before the House of Commons Status of Women Committee on the importance of gender equality in leadership and politics. Prior to moving to London, Elinor worked with the Canadian Red Cross in Disaster Management, providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities impacted by disaster. She has previously worked for the Government of Canada in trade, policy, and communications, and for non-profit organizations in leadership development and gender mainstreaming programs. Elinor’s areas of research lie at the intersections of feminist theory, armed conflict, international law, and foreign policy.  

  Nina Sofie Pedersen  | Policy Coordinator | London  Nina holds a masters degree in International Security from the University of Bristol and a BA in Political Science from the University of Oslo. Nina has also worked as Research Assistant with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), where she worked primarily on issues relating to disarmament and mitigation of nuclear risk. This experience, which showed her first hand the damaging effect of masculine coded language on disarmament efforts, has led her to devote her time to push for a feminist foreign policy agenda.   Nina's responsibilities include researching and developing evidence-based policy briefs to advocate for the change of unjust practices affecting marginalised groups in the UK and internationally.

Nina Sofie Pedersen | Policy Coordinator | London

Nina holds a masters degree in International Security from the University of Bristol and a BA in Political Science from the University of Oslo. Nina has also worked as Research Assistant with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), where she worked primarily on issues relating to disarmament and mitigation of nuclear risk. This experience, which showed her first hand the damaging effect of masculine coded language on disarmament efforts, has led her to devote her time to push for a feminist foreign policy agenda. 

Nina's responsibilities include researching and developing evidence-based policy briefs to advocate for the change of unjust practices affecting marginalised groups in the UK and internationally.

 
 
 
 

Editorial Team

  Alice Baker  | London  Currently in her final year studying history and politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, Alice believes in the value of applying an intersectional framework to feminist thought in order to improve the lives of many and allow a diversity of voices to be heard. Her main interests lie in the growth and importance of intersectional feminism, the relationship between popular culture and feminism, reproductive justice, and feminist activism. She is currently writing her dissertation which aims to reconcile feminist approaches to the beauty industry, with a particular focus on makeup. In the past, she has written papers on topics such as the US media’s role in sustaining rape culture, the role of female gang members in the US, and the trajectory of second-wave feminism. 

Alice Baker | London

Currently in her final year studying history and politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, Alice believes in the value of applying an intersectional framework to feminist thought in order to improve the lives of many and allow a diversity of voices to be heard. Her main interests lie in the growth and importance of intersectional feminism, the relationship between popular culture and feminism, reproductive justice, and feminist activism. She is currently writing her dissertation which aims to reconcile feminist approaches to the beauty industry, with a particular focus on makeup. In the past, she has written papers on topics such as the US media’s role in sustaining rape culture, the role of female gang members in the US, and the trajectory of second-wave feminism. 

  Lucy Leban  | Washington D.C.  Lucy is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University. Broadly interested in the intersection of gender and politics, she has incorporated these concerns into her own research. In 2014, she received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on civil conflict. Working with data from USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys, she analyzed the relationship between women’s domestic status and the likelihood of war and conflict. Her Master’s thesis examined social media data to understand the motivations of Western women who join Daesh, as well as the ways in which these recruits construct their experience. Her interest in women’s rights extends beyond research and into advocacy, and in her spare time she volunteers with several abortion rights organizations.

Lucy Leban | Washington D.C.

Lucy is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University. Broadly interested in the intersection of gender and politics, she has incorporated these concerns into her own research. In 2014, she received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on civil conflict. Working with data from USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys, she analyzed the relationship between women’s domestic status and the likelihood of war and conflict. Her Master’s thesis examined social media data to understand the motivations of Western women who join Daesh, as well as the ways in which these recruits construct their experience. Her interest in women’s rights extends beyond research and into advocacy, and in her spare time she volunteers with several abortion rights organizations.

  Nicole Woodworth  | San Francisco  Nicole earned her BA in International Studies with concentrations in History and Economics at Vassar College in New York.  She spent a semester abroad in Paris interning at a human rights and humanitarian law research center with a focus on global migration. After a year of teaching English in Rouen, France, she is now based in the Bay Area and working in education. Her areas of interest include international conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and migration and refugees.  Nicole views intersectional feminism as a critical tool for constructing sustainable foreign policy.   Follow her on Twitter here.

Nicole Woodworth | San Francisco

Nicole earned her BA in International Studies with concentrations in History and Economics at Vassar College in New York.  She spent a semester abroad in Paris interning at a human rights and humanitarian law research center with a focus on global migration. After a year of teaching English in Rouen, France, she is now based in the Bay Area and working in education. Her areas of interest include international conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and migration and refugees.  Nicole views intersectional feminism as a critical tool for constructing sustainable foreign policy.

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  Blessing Ikpa  | Washington D.C.  Blessing is a graduate student in the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs program at American University’s School of International Service. Blessing’s past education was completed at the University of Oklahoma in Criminology-Sociology with focuses in International Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies. Her area of focus is in humanitarian efforts, women’s rights and gender.   Blessing’s past experience with organizations such as Oxfam Italia (part of the overarching Oxfam International) has led her to become a Human Rights, Refugees, and Crisis Response Fellow for Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.   Follow her on Twitter here.

Blessing Ikpa | Washington D.C.

Blessing is a graduate student in the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs program at American University’s School of International Service. Blessing’s past education was completed at the University of Oklahoma in Criminology-Sociology with focuses in International Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies. Her area of focus is in humanitarian efforts, women’s rights and gender. 

Blessing’s past experience with organizations such as Oxfam Italia (part of the overarching Oxfam International) has led her to become a Human Rights, Refugees, and Crisis Response Fellow for Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

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  Liz Colavita  | Istanbul  Liz received her BA from Duke University where she studied Public Policy with a concentration on International Policy. She also studied Economics and Turkish. While earning her undergraduate degree, Liz worked as a research assistant for the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation, researching Iran-Saudi Arabia relations through Iranian influence in Iraq. Her focus within the team included Iraqi political parties and militia groups. Currently, Liz is a Programme Intern for UN Women in their Europe and Central Asia Regional Office. At UN Women, her work focuses on ending violence and against women; women's economic empowerment; and women, peace and security. She is especially interested in the intersection between economic development and peace processes.   Follow her on Twitter here.

Liz Colavita | Istanbul

Liz received her BA from Duke University where she studied Public Policy with a concentration on International Policy. She also studied Economics and Turkish. While earning her undergraduate degree, Liz worked as a research assistant for the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation, researching Iran-Saudi Arabia relations through Iranian influence in Iraq. Her focus within the team included Iraqi political parties and militia groups. Currently, Liz is a Programme Intern for UN Women in their Europe and Central Asia Regional Office. At UN Women, her work focuses on ending violence and against women; women's economic empowerment; and women, peace and security. She is especially interested in the intersection between economic development and peace processes.

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  Wallis Grant  | Amsterdam  Having completed a Bachelors in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Wallis is currently undertaking an M.Sc in Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Her academic interest has always stemmed from feminist analyses of power dynamics and she is particularly interested in how media intersects with gender to shape public opinion on reproductive health. For her Masters thesis, she will be researching the coverage of the abortion debate in Ireland and attempting to deconstruct if, and how, abortion stigma continues as the 'Repeal the 8th' campaign gains momentum and how a feminist analysis can bring to light the underlying gendered notions that prevail on abortion in the traditional media. Outside of her Masters, she is currently working as a Youth Advocate for CHOICE International for Youth and Sexuality. CHOICE combines advocacy and development work to support partner organisations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to emphasise the importance of youth-led development work and the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). As an advocate, she is currently part of the International Advocacy group which prepares and reviews legislation from the UN on SRHR and youth issues to fill the gap of these issues on the international level.

Wallis Grant | Amsterdam

Having completed a Bachelors in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Wallis is currently undertaking an M.Sc in Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Her academic interest has always stemmed from feminist analyses of power dynamics and she is particularly interested in how media intersects with gender to shape public opinion on reproductive health. For her Masters thesis, she will be researching the coverage of the abortion debate in Ireland and attempting to deconstruct if, and how, abortion stigma continues as the 'Repeal the 8th' campaign gains momentum and how a feminist analysis can bring to light the underlying gendered notions that prevail on abortion in the traditional media. Outside of her Masters, she is currently working as a Youth Advocate for CHOICE International for Youth and Sexuality. CHOICE combines advocacy and development work to support partner organisations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to emphasise the importance of youth-led development work and the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). As an advocate, she is currently part of the International Advocacy group which prepares and reviews legislation from the UN on SRHR and youth issues to fill the gap of these issues on the international level.

  Megan Funkhouser  | Paris  Growing up in Oregon, Megan learned to appreciate the far-reaching impacts of trade from an early age. She is now pursuing a MA in International Development with concentrations in Defense & Security Economics and Latin America at Sciences Po. Before moving to Paris for graduate school, Megan handled foreign affairs and defense, among other issues, as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. She received a BA in International Relations and minored in Economics at the University of Southern California, and studied for one semester in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Her interests include trade, conflict resolution, international political economy, and inclusive development, especially how institutions can strengthen female participation and representation in policy-making.   Follow her on Twitter here.

Megan Funkhouser | Paris

Growing up in Oregon, Megan learned to appreciate the far-reaching impacts of trade from an early age. She is now pursuing a MA in International Development with concentrations in Defense & Security Economics and Latin America at Sciences Po. Before moving to Paris for graduate school, Megan handled foreign affairs and defense, among other issues, as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. She received a BA in International Relations and minored in Economics at the University of Southern California, and studied for one semester in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Her interests include trade, conflict resolution, international political economy, and inclusive development, especially how institutions can strengthen female participation and representation in policy-making.

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  Israa Saber  | New Jersey  Israa recently graduated from Wesleyan University having majored in Government with a concentration in International Politics. Her background as an Arab-American and previous experience living in Egypt helped develop her interest in Middle Eastern politics and human rights. She's particularly interested in the role that international law can play in improving human rights in the Middle East, and beyond. This interest led to her completing her undergraduate thesis on the impact of regional competition on International Criminal Court membership in Jordan and Morocco. Her commitment to policy oriented towards human rights drives her interest in feminist foreign policy.

Israa Saber | New Jersey

Israa recently graduated from Wesleyan University having majored in Government with a concentration in International Politics. Her background as an Arab-American and previous experience living in Egypt helped develop her interest in Middle Eastern politics and human rights. She's particularly interested in the role that international law can play in improving human rights in the Middle East, and beyond. This interest led to her completing her undergraduate thesis on the impact of regional competition on International Criminal Court membership in Jordan and Morocco. Her commitment to policy oriented towards human rights drives her interest in feminist foreign policy.

 
  Annie Gergi  | London  As a Lebanese-American, Annie has always been intently interested in Middle Eastern Politics. It is this interest which led her to complete her BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester.  During her degree, she spent a summer interning in Washington D.C. for the Arab American Institute, where she was placed at the Truman National Security Project. Through this role, she was able to research national security issues regarding the region, and help in the process of policy development for the organization.  She is currently completing her Master’s in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS, University of London. She has focused her studies on gender within the Middle East and is currently in the process of completing her dissertation on the construction of masculinities within Lebanon, with a special focus on the Lebanese Civil War.    Follow her on Twitter here.

Annie Gergi | London

As a Lebanese-American, Annie has always been intently interested in Middle Eastern Politics. It is this interest which led her to complete her BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester.

During her degree, she spent a summer interning in Washington D.C. for the Arab American Institute, where she was placed at the Truman National Security Project. Through this role, she was able to research national security issues regarding the region, and help in the process of policy development for the organization.

She is currently completing her Master’s in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS, University of London. She has focused her studies on gender within the Middle East and is currently in the process of completing her dissertation on the construction of masculinities within Lebanon, with a special focus on the Lebanese Civil War. 

Follow her on Twitter here.