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Pashang Waiba
Pashang WaibaChair
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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 Parkhomenko
Vielta ParkhomenkoVice Chair
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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 - Zuniga
Patricia E Gonzalez - ZunigaDirector
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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 Trevedy
Cindy TrevedyDirector
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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 Thomas
Rhiannon ThomasEmerita Chair/Advisor
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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.
Knina Strichartz
Knina StrichartzSecretary
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Knina is a member of Urban Survivors Union and NC Survivors Union and works as the Communications and Media Coordinator. She is an active voice in the harm reduction community and the fight for women who use drugs.
Sue Purchase
Sue PurchaseCo-moderator
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Sue Purchase has twenty plus years’ experience in harm reduction which has included a number of pioneering efforts around services for women who use drugs. She is currently building Harm Reduction Sisters (HRSs), a nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of people using drugs in rural Northeastern Minnesota.
Claire Mawditt
Claire MawdittCo-moderator
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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
Archana OinamTeasurer
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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.

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