Our Team

The coordinators, researchers, and volunteers supporting the coalition.

Vidya Sri

Vidya Sri is Co-Founder and CEO of Everywoman Everywhere. She was a Human Rights Policy Fellow at the Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School from 2013 – 2016. She leads the Initiative on Violence Against Women(VAW) which examines the legal and implementation gaps in the global framework on VAW with a specific interest in the potential for a binding norm on VAW.
Vidya is the Founder of Gangashakti an organization that conducts research and raises awareness on Forced Marriage. Gangashakti provides technical assistance on forced marriage and delivers training to service providers. Vidya has written “Voices From the Frontline,” a paper that draws data from over 500 surveys, 52 case studies, and 22 interviews with frontline responders on forced marriage in the United States.This paper has been cited in an August, 2014 Resolution passed by the American Bar Association which acknowledges, for the first time, forced marriage in the United States as a human rights violation. Vidya is the author of The Definition of Forced Marriage for the Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Sri, V. (Oct.2012). Forced Marriage. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Vidya is an Advisory Board member for a National Institute of Justice funded study on forced marriage in the United States conducted by the Urban Institute. Vidya’s work has been covered by Thompson Reuters and Al-Jazeera America. She has been the focus of in-depth interviews on NPR, TV Asia and Vasantham TV.
Vidya spent 15 years working in the banking industry with a focus on organizational management. She has a B.A. in business administration from Madras University, a B.A. summa cum laude in organizational behavior from Cabrini College, and an MBA in business administration from Penn State University.

Lisa Shannon

Lisa Shannon is Co-Founder and President of Everywoman Everywhere. She is an American author, human rights activist, and scholar known for initiating campaigns in the international women’s movement, including founding Run for Congo Women and co-founding the first sexual violence crisis center in Mogadishu- Sister Somalia- in partnership with Fartun Adan Abdisalan, as well as the successful 45,000 Penny Congo Conflict Minerals Campaign against technology giants Intel, Apple, and Hewlett Packard.

Lisa Shannon’s appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Nick Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn and Ben Affleck, resulted in a record-breaking fundraising surge, with more than fifteen million dollars and 16,000 new annual sponsorships raised for Women for Women International, doubling its DR Congo program capacity. Lisa’s work has been profiled in multiple appearances in The New York Times, Runner’s World Magazine, National Public Radio, and O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as ABC World News Tonight, CNN International, Voice of America, Time Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Venus and Marie Claire. She was select O, The Oprah Magazine’s 2010 Power List, “Some of the world’s most powerful women in politics, business, the arts and academia”, and Shape Magazine’s “2010 Women Who Shape the World.”

Lisa was an Associate and former Fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights, and a former Gleitsman Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Georgetown University. She is author of award-winning A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman (Seal Press, 2010) and Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo (Public Affairs, 2015).

Charlie Clements

Charlie Clements is Co-Founder of Everywoman Everywhere. He was Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, and faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Before coming to the Carr Center Dr. Clements career in NGOs focused on advocacy, human rights, and humanitarian assistance. Specifically, Charlie was a founding board member of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which he represented at both the treaty signing and the Nobel Prize ceremonies for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in 1997. Prior to the Landmines Campaign, a full decade of Charlie’s life was devoted to the civil war in El Salvador, which he worked in the midst of as a physician from 1982 to 1983. Witness to War, his account of that experience, was published by Bantam in 1984. In that era he co-founded and led the Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund and as well as a Political Action Committee called Pax Americas. He led a number of Congressional fact-finding missions to Central America during the 1980s and was a special guest at the signing of the Peace Accords that ended the war in 1992. Charlie spent much of his career assisting low income communities in Texas and New Mexico who lived without running water or sewer. Following an emergency human rights mission to Iraq only weeks before the current war began, Charlie returned to full-time human rights work as President and CEO of Cambridge-based UUSC, where he served until accepting the position of Executive Director at the Carr Center in 2010. Charlie has a BSc from the US Air Force Academy, an MSc in Operations Research from UCLA, and an M.D./M.P.H. from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health.

Natalie Eslick

New South Wales, Australia

Natalie lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Natalie is a graduate of Australia’s Curtin University with a Master of Human Rights Degree with High Distinction, focused on violence against women in the geographical area of Oceania. Her undergraduate degree was in psychology. She was a volunteer team leader for Kiva for three years, responsible for up to 20 Spanish Translators spread all over the globe translating borrower’s stories into English for Kiva.org. As part of a team, in 2013 she completed the Oxfam Sydney Trail walker endurance event – 100km trekking through tough Aussie bush in under 48 hours – raising $7,250 for Oxfam. Natalie began working with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights, Initiative on Violence Against Women in its inception in October 2013, undertaking program development and administration, and volunteer coordination roles. She was involved in the first research briefing at the Carr Center and first special event in NYC in March 2014. She continues her work with Everywoman Everywhere, supporting all aspects of the organization’s programs, website, and communications as well as undertaking research.

Caitlin O’Quinn

Oregon, United States

Caitlin O’Quinn lives on the west coast of the U.S. in Eugene, Oregon. She holds a master’s degree in education and a certification and license in secondary Montessori education. Caitlin is currently working on a Masters Degree in International Studies with a focus on gender and development. Her research interests lie in the examination of Violence Against Women through a global political economy lens as well as the effects of globalization on women. She is also interested in exploring VAW prevention strategies, including girls’ access to education and using empowerment-based self-defense as a tool for preventing VAW. Caitlin began working with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights, Initiative on Violence Against Women in October 2013 and continues her work with Everywoman Everywhere, where she has been since its inception. She is passionate about issues affecting women and girls and is a trainer and advocate with a grassroots organization providing free self-defense to women and girls. She is also the mother of two young daughters and a son, and strives to set a good example; empowering them to stand up for what they believe.

Sarah Peck

Massachusetts, United States

Sarah Peck has spent the last 10 years working in human rights and international development. She spent time working as a photographer with Journalists for Human Rights in Ghana, as a writer/multimedia producer at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and as a writer for Oxfam America. She has crossed Russia, Mongolia and China on the Trans-Mongolian rail, motorbiked across Vietnam and Cambodia, and taken a truck overland in Africa from Egypt to Zambia. She blogs and photographs at www.sarahpeck.com and www.sarahpeckphotography.com.

Maria Pachon

Massachusetts, United States

Maria Pachon is a graduate of Brandeis University (Waltham MA) with a degree in Politics. She was born in Colombia, South America and moved to the US when she was ten years old. In the last three years, she has volunteered with various efforts to help immigrant women and girls in the US. Maria became concerned about VAW when she learned about rising of acid attacks on women in Colombia and the lack of implementation of current laws that protect women from these attacks. Maria began volunteering at the Carr Center for Human Rights, Initiative on Violence Against Women, providing administrative and research support in May 2014. She continues to volunteer with the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition supporting in various projects such as support for expert committees and English- Spanish translation. Maria is currently working as a research assistant as part of the Emerging Scholars Program at Princeton University.

Nancy McLennan

Paris, France

Nancy has an academic background in GBV in the form of a Human Rights and International Relations MSc from the University of Glasgow (UK). Over the last six years, she has been working on the elaboration of social and public policy at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Within this capacity she has worked on many diverse projects including the development of policy guidelines for inclusive education, the design of punctual projects for women’s empowerment, the organization of high-level Ministerial meetings and the organization and development of content for regional and international youth forums. She is currently managing a global fund for the development of national and regional projects which build government capacity in the areas of education and policy. A key part of these responsibilities relate to the administration of live projects/contracts, managing the reporting and evaluation of said projects and maintaining related databases. In addition, she has responsibilities for both designing and managing core research projects for her work programme. In essence, she is dedicated to eliminating VAW.

Victoria O’Neil

Idaho, United States

Victoria is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Public Health. She became interested in the VAW Initiative through emailing Lisa Shannon after they met in Boise, Idaho (Victoria’s hometown) a few years ago. She has loved being able to work with something that is making such an important impact, and working with people that are truly passionate about what they are doing. Aside from working to end violence against women globally, she is working at a life insurance startup in Mountain View, CA and pursuing elite running with a club team in the area. She is so excited to be a part of this and make an impact on the world!

Rachel Uemoto

Hawaii, United States

Rachel Uemoto is a law student in Boston studying human rights law. Originally from Honolulu, HI, she graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics. She began volunteering with the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition in May 2014 while attending Brandeis University (in Waltham, MA). She performs myriad administrative and research tasks for the Coalition. The growth of Everywoman Everywhere, and the unwavering strength of its volunteers inspires her to continue working towards a brighter future for woman around the globe. Her colleagues, and this important mission had a tremendous impact on her decision to pursue a career in law. She is excited and privileged to be a part of this organization.

Seden Anlar

Istanbul, Turkey

Seden Anlar is a graduate of Maltepe University (Istanbul, Turkey) where she studied Law with a concentration in international law. At Maltepe University, she also worked as the international project coordinator of the Project Development Department which organizes international student conferences and international internship/placement projects. Seden has been leading Maltepe University’s international law moot court competition teams for the last 3 years. Her team won the national round for the 2nd consecutive year and qualified to compete in the Semi-Finals of the international law moot court competitions organized by Leiden University in The Hague, Netherlands. Her passion for women’s rights led her to intern at the Cross Committee & Women Lawyers’ Interest Group of the International Bar Association and also to intern at the Women2Women International Leadership Conference organized by Empower Peace (Boston, MA). Additionally, she has recently become one of the advisory board members of the Law Students’ Committee of the International Bar Association and one of the editors of the Student Research Committee on International Law and Governance of the International Association for Political Science Students. Seden continues to volunteer with the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition providing research and administrative support; while she is exploring scholarship opportunities for LL.M. programs and internships for next year.

Véronique Fourment

California, United States

Véronique is a native of France, living in Northern California for 30 years. She is a retired speech pathologist who practiced in France and the US. She has been involved in Human Rights and women’s rights for as long as she can remember. From 1989 to 1998, Véronique held several volunteer leadership positions at Amnesty International. In 2007, she was one of the first volunteers at Kiva.org and participated in the development of the Review and Translation Program, which now engages over 400 people worldwide. At Kiva.org, she was a translator and a volunteer Team Leader; managing 15 to 20 French to English translators spread over seven countries and four continents. Véronique has been working with the Initiative on Violence Against Women since August 2015. She is supporting various projects including an integral role in the development of the fundraising program and overseeing French-English translation. Véronique has been honored to work with the deeply committed and passionate team at Everywoman Everywhere. She looks forward to seeing the impact of a global treaty on over half the world population and the economic benefits in a world free of gender-based violence.

Millicent Bogert

California, United States

Millicent joined Everywoman Everywhere in 2014 as a member of the East/Central Asia working group while she was with MONFEMNET National Network in Mongolia. Prior to that, she worked for children’s rights in Malaysia, participating in the civil society reporting for the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Periodic Review. She also spent many years in city government, as a legislative aide and performance auditor. Her strong interest in addressing VAW dates back to volunteering at the local women’s shelter while studying anthropology at Stanford University. Now back in San Francisco after several years in Asia, she is very glad to bring all the pieces together as a member of the Everywoman Everywhere team.

Amany Elgarf

Cairo, Egypt

Amany is currently an international undergraduate student at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) majoring in Computer Engineering. She is an alumna of Women2Women International leadership conference 2015 (Boston, MA) where she met many girls from different countries who have been through gender-based violence and learned more about what women experience in the geographical area of MENA (Amany’s region). She began working with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights, Initiative on Violence Against Women in the summer of 2015, providing research support. She looks forward to seeing the impact of the global treaty in a world free of Violence Against Women.

Caitlin Stone

Melbourne, Australia

Caitlin became involved in Everywoman, Everywhere whilst working for the National Center Against Violence in Mongolia. Through this role Caitlin’s interest in the prevention of violence against women was sparked, and she feels privileged to be working with a group of inspiring people to prevent violence against women globally. Prior to Mongolia, Caitlin has worked with children who have experienced trauma and with refugees in a community development role. Caitlin holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work, and a Masters in Development. Caitlin provides research support to the Coalition. Caitlin is beyond excited to one day be able to see the impact that a global treaty will have on women and girls globally.

Sveto Muhammad Ishoq

Kabul, Afghanistan

Sveto Muhammad Ishoq is from Kabul, Afghanistan. Sveto has worked as a communication intern at Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP). She is currently studying Business Administration majoring in Accounting at AUAF (American University of Afghanistan) with full scholarship award from the US Embassy. She is a writer for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) and volunteers as a writing mentor, editor, and translator for the ROYA Online Writing Center as well as volunteering with Everywoman Everywhere. Sveto is involved in the US Embassy Mentoring Program at AUAF, advising students on all academic issues, and is a runner-up in an essay competition on women and girls marking the one-year anniversary of the Girl Summit from the British and the Canadian Embassy’s to Afghanistan. She has recently joined the Anna May Project and writes poems and essays, takes pictures or paints which are then published in Riptide magazine. She speaks fluently four languages: Dari, Russian, English and Urdu. Sveto has a passion of becoming an activist and fight for the women’s rights, this was the reason she became a writer for AWWP. She actively writes poems and essays on women’s rights issues and the challenges women face in Afghanistan. Her works have been published in AWWP website and the Star Educational Society’s Interstellar Bulletin newspaper.

Seyoung Park

Oregon, United States

Seyoung Park is a fourth year undergraduate student attending the University of Oregon. She is double majoring in international studies with a concentration in international relations and digital arts. Though she is a South Korean citizen, she was born and resided in Dakar, Senegal for twelve years before moving to the state of Oregon. This exposure to multiple cultures and languages created a passion for learning and understanding various cultures. She is currently working at the American English Institute where she acts as an intercultural mediator for international students as they adjust to a new culture. In the summer of 2017, she will be interning at the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Korea for cultural diplomacy. Her coursework in international studies generated her interest in gender politics and the role of culture in gender issues which she will further explore in her senior thesis. She started to intern with the Everywoman Everywhere coalition’s VAW initiative in July 2016. She feels inspired by the organization’s passionate members and feels honored to be a part of the crucial change that the initiative is making.

Maria Caterina Gargano

California, United States

Maria is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she studied Psychology and Human Rights and Italian. She has worked with UC Berkeley’s Ethics and Moral Reasoning Lab and extensively with UCSF’s Bonding and Attunement in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (BAND) Lab. She has attended l’Università di Bologna where she conducted research on trauma, risk, and resilience across the arc of migration and mental health outcomes in migrant populations, and volunteered with the Human Rights Nights festival. She has also worked on designing and implementing a resiliency project with the Advanced Human Rights investigations Lab at the Boalt school of law. She has volunteered with survivors of gender based violence and her passion for this work has led Maria to join Everywoman Everywhere. She loves being surrounded by this phenomenal community of people who inspire her with their bravery and fierce dedication to ending all forms of violence for all women. In the future she hopes to create culturally-informed interventions to combat neglected trauma in refugee populations, specifically focusing on survivors of gender based violence in the context of migration.