International coordinating team

The International Coordinating team, based in New York, provides strategic insight and information into the workings of the United Nations and other policy-making bodies, and facilitates the effective engagement of partner organizations in various policy spaces.


Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, the Philippines; International Coordinator/Program Director

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza is the International Coordinator of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), a program partner of the International Civil society Action Network (ICAN).  Mavic has facilitated workshops and discussions on Resolution 1325 and 1820 in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Japan,  Liberia, Nepal, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Uganda. She initiated the 1325 national action planning process in the Philippines and was also actively involved in the development of Nepal’s 1325 national action plan. She is currently providing support to civil society’s participation in 1325 national action planning in Afghanistan, South Sudan among other countries. She pioneered the Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 program that is regarded as a best practice example in 1325 implementation. She has produced local language radio programs on UNSCR 1325 in Colombia, Liberia, Uganda and the Philippines.  She is also part of an international team that provides support to the discussions on a General Recommendation on Women and Armed Conflict under the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She co-authored the book “Costing and Financing 1325” published in 2010; and edited the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of “Women Count: Civil Society Monitoring Report on Security Council Resolution 1325.”

Mavic has a master’s degree in Communication Research with cognate on Women’s Studies. Her masteral thesis on Communication Strategies and Action on UNSCR 1325 in the Philippines was selected best thesis at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

Helena Gronberg, Finland; Program Manager 

Helena administers a comprehensive activity program that will meet the needs and interests of the members of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. She coordinates the information and communication tools of the GNWP network and assists in the design, development and implementation of GNWP’s capacity building programs and activities on women and peace and security. Helena has co-facilitated GNWP workshops on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nepal and Sierra Leone.

Before joining this dynamic network Helena conducted research for a number of projects, including a handbook on international law and reconstruction, at the International Women’s Tribune Centre in New York.

Selamawit Tesfaye, Ethiopia; Advocacy Officer
Selamawit graduated from Addis Ababa University in 2004. Her senior thesis was entitled The Legality of HIV testing under the Ethiopian Law. After earning her law degree, Selamawit worked at the Federal First Instance Court as an Assistant Judge. She then earned her M.A from the same university in Gender Studies with a focus on Domestic Workers for her post-graduate thesis. At this time, she started working at St. Mary’s University College as a lecturer, and was promoted as an Assistant Dean for the Law Faculty in the College. After earning her M.A, Selamawit got accepted for a vacant post as a Project Officer at The African Child Policy Forum which is an independent, advocacy organization established to put the rights and wellbeing of African children on the public and political agenda. After this, Selamawit was selected as a participant for an exchange program between Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) and Uganda Women Lawyers Association in collaboration (FIDA-U) in collaboration with Fredskorpset Norway. After staying in Uganda for a period of 8 months Selamawit worked at EWLA in replicating advocacy strategies, adoption of different legal aid mechanisms, and other similar lessons from FIDA-U. Subsequently, she was recruited as a Programme Officer for UNDP and is currently working (worked) in the Democratic Institutions Programme (DIP) which is a multi-donor supported programme for deepening good governance in Ethiopia. Selamawit is actively involved in numerous activities of EWLA including research, legal aid and serving as a member of the task force currently established to help the organization for fundraising. Selamawit has recently graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a fellow under the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) program and has earned an LLM in International Legal Studies and a Human Rights Law Certificate.

Sanam Anderlini, Iran; ICAN Executive Director/GNWP Adviser
Sanam is co-founder of the International Civil society Action Network (ICAN). She has been a leading international advocate, researcher, trainer and writer on conflict prevention and peacebuilding for over a decade. Since 2005 she has provided strategic guidance and training to key UN agencies, the UK government and NGOs worldwide. In 2008 she was appointed as Team Leader for a newUNDP global initiative on the “Men and the Gendered Dimensions of Violence in Crisis Contexts”.

As a Senior Policy Advisor to the UK-based NGO, International Alert between 1999-2000, she was a leading advocate and drafter of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. In 2008 she was a contributor to the US-sponsored resolution SC 1820 on women, peace and security. Between 2002-2005 as Director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission Ms.Anderlini led ground breaking field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention, peace processes, governance, transitional justice and post conflict disarmament and reintegration issues in 12 countries.

She has taught at Georgetown University and is a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for International Studies. In 2009 she was appointed as a personal representative of the UN Secretary General to the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF). Her latest book, Women Building Peace: What they do, why it matters was published by Lynne Rienner in 2007. Ms. Anderlini is Iranian, lives in Washington DC and has twin daughters.

Anna Keye, USA;  Project Consultant
Anna Keye has spent her professional life in various positions and organizations advancing international human rights, gender equality, and peace.  For her Master’s thesis, Women at the Crux of Peace and Stability: A Case Study of Liberia,  Anna conducted extensive research on the women’s movement for peace in Liberia as well as the ways the international community and international law supported and complemented the movement. Anna worked at Pro Mujer, Inc., a women’s economic development organization in Latin America in the past and was also  a Human Rights Advocacy intern at MADRE, an international women’s rights organization.  At MADRE, Anna regularly researched and analyzed women’s rights and human rights issues, as well as wrote advocacy and program materials.  Previous to MADRE, Anna worked as an ESL teacher, first in Mexico, and then in New York City.  Anna has a BA in Urban Studies from Eugene Lang College, part of the New School and a Master’s in International Affairs from City College.

Eléonore Veillet Chowdhury, France/USA; Project Consultant
Eléonore has just completed a doctoral dissertation on peace and conflict in contemporary literature at the Johns Hopkins University as well as a certificate in Global Affairs at New York University. While examining literature’s potential to describe, perpetrate, and denounce injustices, as well as its power to imagine alternatives to any given conflict, Eléonore has read, studied, and taught the work of women writers who have faced censorship, abuse, and incarceration as a result of their exercising of their right to freedom of opinion and expression. As a project consultant at GNWP, she hopes to use her voice, experiences, research skills, and writing aptitudes in the service of peace building and women’s empowerment.

Jamie Hagen, USA; Project Consultant
Jamie Hagen holds an English BA from Hunter College and an MA in Political Science from Brooklyn College and is an NYC based writer. She has worked with several organizations on projects addressing gender mainstreaming following the passing of UN Resolution 1325 including the Social Science Research Council where she worked on their Center for Gender, Peace and Security Hub and The Peacewomen Project where she worked on their Debate Watch project. She is currently a contributing editor for Autostraddle a website for a new generation of lesbian, bisexual and otherwise inclined ladies, a contributing writer for The Line Campaign which is a movement empowering young leaders to end sexual violence and for the website One Green Planet which is an online ecosystem that draws links between the environment, animals and vegan living. Jamie looks to intersectionality between movements in covering social justice issues for these communities. With GNWP she is excited to work with members to learn about their work in peacebuilding on the ground and share these stories through social media and the organization’s newsletter connecting women and organizers across the globe.

Afifa Faisal, Pakistan; Advocacy and Research Intern
Afifa was born and raised in Pakistan. She completed a master’s degree in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics in December 2011 and holds a bachelor’s degree with major in Economics and minors in Political Science and Arabic from Middlebury College. Afifa believes strongly in the need for empowering women and achieving gender equality. Her interest in women’s rights was developed when she analyzed gender-based violence in Pakistan for human rights activist, Asma Jahangir. Her feminist economics classes during undergraduate degree and gender and development classes during postgraduate degree further reinforced her interest and enabled her to gain strong research and writing skills. For her dissertation, she conducted field research in Pakistan to assess the extent to which microfinance institutions implement the socially transformative conceptualization of women’s empowerment. Most recently, she monitored the 67th session of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly for the International Service for Human Rights and wrote analytical reports on the key resolutions on advancement of women and racism. Afifa continues to regularly contribute articles on gender issues to women’s rights blogs.

Heleine Hermine Fouda, Cameroon; Advocacy and Research Intern
Heleine attended both John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and the University of South Florida where she earned a B.A. in criminology in 2012. she also holds a Licentiate in Private Law and a Master in Business Law from the Universities of Yaounde and Douala (Cameroon). She worked as a volunteer at the Lake Wales Care Center in Florida from February to September 2012 and is currently planning on doing post-graduate studies in International Peace and Security at Notre Dame. Born and raised in Cameroon, she moved to New York in 2006 to satisfy her aspirations for justice, personal freedom and independence.

Kristine Lim Ang, the Philippines; Research Intern
Kristine originally hails from the Philippines and currently resides in Singapore. As a GNWP intern, she assists in the in-country monitoring on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 with a particular focus on countries in Asia via online research and coordination with GNWP members. She also supports GNWP in specific projects and tasks e.g. assisting members with fellowship applications. She previously served as a virtual intern at the International Women’s Tribune Center (IWTC) working under their human rights, human security and peace building program. Her work at IWTC centered on mapping of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 initiatives and providing assistance in teleconferences with UNSCR 1325 partners in the Philippines. Kristine completed two bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Business Administration from Miriam College and the University of Santo Tomas respectively, and participated in a student exchange program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Lauren von Eckartsberg, USA; Communications and Outreach Intern
Lauren completed her Master’s in Latin American and Caribbean studies with a gender and education focus on Andean countries.  Her thesis, Plurilingual Intercultural Education in Bolivia: From Warisata to Avelino Siñani-Elizardo Pérez, delves into a piece of a recently passed Bolivian education law that proposes a trilingual education system for all.  Her thesis documents the history behind the law, how the education system in Bolivia has led up to the law, and the possible implications of the proposed trilingual system of educational instruction in Spanish, an indigenous language and a foreign language.  Currently, Lauren has been working as an English language instructor to non-native speakers in New York City.  As an intern with GNWP Lauren is excited to learn from and contribute to the team working on women, peace and security issues.

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