Tanya Castle is the Outreach Director at Gender Across Borders. Her interest in women’s issues developed while working as a journalist for a national radio station in Rwanda in 2008. While in the small Central African country she was inspired by the women and girls she interviewed. This led her to Cameroon where she worked at a local Human Rights NGO. And finally to L’institute supérieur des études politiques in Paris, France where she did a Master’s degree in International Relations with a focus on women and conflict. She spent much of 2009 putting her studies into practice while interning with Washington-based peacebuilding NGO Search for Common Ground’s SGBV program in Eastern Congo. Although now in the Balkans, Tanya’s heart remains in sub-Saharan Africa. To match the location of her mind with her heart, she volunteers for Make Every Woman Count, an organization that promotes the empowerment of women and girls in Africa.
Tanya first set foot in Africa while with The Rwanda Initiative, a media development program sponsored by Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. At Carleton Tanya obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with minors in Political Science and Spanish. In addition to reporting from Rwanda, Tanya has produced pieces for various media outlets from Ecuador, Cameroon, Kenya, Lebanon, DRC and Canada.
Exploring the world is Tanya’s passion, so much so that she often spends more time than she should thinking up and planning her next trip. But when she manages to stay in one place and she’s not working or volunteering she’s busting moves to Dancehall music while trying her best not to obsess over the misogynistic lyrics.
You can contact Tanya Castle via email tanya [at] genderacrossborders [dot] com.