Maudy is an activist for human rights, gender, youth inclusivity, harm reduction and women who use drugs issues. She has experience contributing on these themes at national and regional (Asia-Pacific) levels. Maudy brings knowledge and working experience around quality and sustainability in comprehensive harm reduction services designed for women who use drugs.
Eva Dewa Masyitha Secretary
Eva is currently working as an illustrator and graphic designer involved in activities related to HIV/AIDS and its complexities in national and international fora. She is currently running a community based organisation called Pita Merah Yogyakarta focused on PLHIV rights, advocacy and capacity building. Living with HIV and with a history of drug use, Eva is keen to bring her experience into WHRIN network development.
Grace has lived experience of incarceration for drug offenses, which has inspired her current dedication in paralegal work for women who use drugs. She is also a leader at Womxn's Voice, a feminist collective of women including trans women who use drugs from Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang-Bekasi which was established in early 2020. Womxn Voice provides a safe space for gathering, learning and sharing among peers to fight together for the rights of women who use drugs throughout the region.
Putri TanjungSenior Director
Putri works in coordination of peer support and harm reduction in West Java. During the past 7 years, she has provided support for women who use drugs in prison. She has represented on women who use drugs issues in several international events. Over the past five years, Putri has also been active in designing and implementing various campaigns to end the war on drugs.
With a strong background in finance and administration for international organizations, Sulis brings strength to the functions and capacity of the WHRIN Board. Her working experience from educational institutions and non profit organisations is also of clear benefit to the Board. Sulis is enthusiastic about bringing these skills to an arena where they can support WHRIN goals and objectives.
Strategic Advisory Body
Patricia E Gonzalez - ZunigaAdvisor
Patricia is a Tijuana, Mexico native physician, harm reductionist and community advocate who has been working for more than three decades with underserved communities with a special interest in advocating for the human rights to women who use drugs and for access to health for all with dignity, respect and compassion. She is the Co-Director of Casa del Centro and Founder and Director of the Wound Clinic/Clinica de Heridas, an independent harm reduction mobile street clinic.
Josephine Achieng' is a feminist activist with specific interests in centering sexworkers in harm reduction programmes. With lived experience of drug use, Josephine is committed to creating real space and resources for the unmet needs of sex worker drug users. Currently, she is the Deputy Director of Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme; a sex worker-led organization in Kenya. She has also been active in designing and implementing various campaigns to end the war on drugs and advocating for gender responsive harm reduction services.
Joelle is a nurse with 18 years of experience. They worked for 7 years as the Director of Women’s Services for the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, and served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. They are a co-founder of the Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction. They have been invited to speak at conferences convened by CDC, ANN, ACOG, and more. Their interest is the intersection of drug user rights and feminism. They became passionate about advocating for people who use drugs after realizing that everything they had been taught about drugs from childhood through nursing school was wrong.
Linette Collins has lived and worked in Indonesia since 2006. She has worked as the HIV Adviser for AusAID in Indonesia with consultancies in HIV and sexual health across Asia for UN agencies, non government organisations, the Australian and Indonesian governments. Before moving to Jakarta, Linette had more than 20 years experience in Australia working in mental health, public health, research, drug and alcohol and drug law enforcement fields.
Lynn is a drug user activist based in Dublin, Ireland. They have been involved in harm reduction since 2010 and spent most of their working and living on the ancestral homelands and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations, in so called Vancouver, BC, Canada. They have vested interest in the accessibility of policy and empowerment of peer work in all levels of decision making platforms.
Shanta Laxmi ShresthaCo Moderator
Shanta is Social Inclusion and Gender Equality expert. She had worked in the government of Nepal and different International Non-government Organizations in Nepal, Eritrea, Tanzania, and Zambia. She is the first female National Human Rights Magna Meet National Coordinator of Nepal and has established a Women’s Human Rights Award in 2015. She has been engaging in the United Nations processes and advocates for harm reduction and gender-responsive development cooperation.
Archana Oinam is a public health professional who has worked extensively among marginalized populations over more than 2 decades, directing the attention of policymakers to important gender dimensions. She has conducted many studies and has published several reports/papers relating to women who use drugs, HIV positive pregnant women and children using drugs.
Professor Kate DolanAdvisor
Kate co-founded Australia’s first Needle and Syringe Program, the Australian Prostitutes’ Collective and AIDS Drug Information Collective. Her International Program builds capacity in developing countries. She established the first methadone clinic for female drug users in Iran. She has carried out over 100 studies, has published over 270 publications and received $39 million in research funds. She has been a consultant for the International Narcotics Control Board, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation.
Abby is an activist with almost 2 decades of experience as a harm reductionist and advocate focused on the human rights of PUD, specifically within the Methadone system in the U.S. Much of her efforts are spent working to reform the current patriarchal entity, with special interest advocating for women on Methadone (MAT), working to ensure women-specific rights are protected throughout medical, legal and social services/child welfare systems.
Alina Sarnatska is the development manager for a Ukraine non-government organisation, Club Eney, working with the community of people with drug use experience and sex-workers. Alina is a community activist focused especially on projects addressing gender-based violence
Rita works as the national secretary of the Drug Harm Reduction Advocacy Network (DHRAN). She is a harm reduction and human rights advocate, a counsellor, community mobilizer and advocate for women who use drugs. Rita also coordinates the Nigerian women-led Autamaimasa Health Foundation.
Claire MawdittCo Moderator
Claire has been a member of WHRIN since 2011 and has served on the board since 2017, she is a long-term advocate for the provision of appropriate harm reduction services for women who use drugs. Claire is a public health specialist, with a background in providing harm reduction services to people who use drugs within both urban and rural environments in the United Kingdom.