Pashang is a prominent activist with almost a decade of harm reduction experience focused specifically on youth and women who use drugs. She advocates for women-sensitive, rights-based drug policy through RN women, which is the National Network of Women who use Drugs in Nepal.
Vielta ParkhomenkoVice Chair
Vielta is an activist from the community of women who use drugs and has 15 years’ experience working with disadvantaged women, focused on women in situations of violence for the past 3 years throughout Ukraine. Vielta is the Chair of Club Eney; coordinator of WINGS; and involved in expert Working Groups of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Policy in Ukraine.
Patricia E Gonzalez - ZunigaDirector
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.
Cindy works as peer educator for a community based organisation in Mauritius and was elected as a key populations representative for the national Global Fund CCM. She is a passionate advocate for the implementation of harm reduction services and meaningful involvement of women who use drugs.
Rhiannon ThomasEmerita Chair/Advisor
Involved in harm reduction in Toronto for almost 20 years, Rhiannon is a founding member of the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance. She has recently completed her term as WHRIN co-Chair and now volunteers as advisor to the Board. She coordinates the COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program at South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Toronto, Canada.
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.
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.
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.
Rosma KarlinaChair - Indonesia Board
Rosma is the Women's Coordinator at Indonesia Act for Justice (AKSI) and is also involved in legal support for drug cases in the city of Bogor. AKSI was established to provide support to drug users and vulnerable people seeking justice by providing legal education and legal assistance. AKSI aims to help realise national and regional aspirations of social justice for all. Rosma has worked on illicit drug issues since 2006 focusing particularly on women who use drugs.
Astried Permata Secretary
Astried is one of the founders of SURATProject, a prison initiative for building writing skills among incarcerated women. She has experience in research related to deaths of people imprisoned in detention and correctional institutions, and on women, incarceration, and drug policy in Indonesia through the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBHM). In 2018, she worked as campaign consultant on the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan). Currently, Astried works as the General Coordinator at Pamflet, a human rights-based organization focused on youth, politics, and democracy in Indonesia.
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.
Alfiana Qisthi Supervisor
Alfiana has 5 years experience in human rights and policy reform, promoting restorative justice and access to justice for people who use drugs, minorities and vulnerable groups through national NGOs such as LBH Jakarta and the Indonesia Network of People who Use Drugs, Ministry of National Development Planning, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, and most recently with the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ2) - as an Activity Coordinator of Transparency and Court Reform.