Hayley Rose Horzepa
Marco Túlio de Urzêda Freitas
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Amelia, a former Senior Editor at Gender Across Borders, works as a research and policy analyst and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. Before moving to Halifax, Amelia studied psychology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and spent a year living and studying in the UK. She has worked as a health researcher and volunteered with the maternal and child health committee of her local community health board. Amelia currently volunteers with a community-based organization that provides safe housing, services and support to homeless and transient women and their children.
Dorathy Akwugo Isu is from Afikpo, Ebonyi State in Nigeria. She graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsukka with a Bachelors degree in Sociology/Anthropology. After her mandatory National Youth Service year in Abuja during which she won an award for meritorious service for a community development project, she fed her interest in development work by volunteering for some local NGOs in Abuja while working first with the Federal Capital Territory Authority and later the Ministry of Finance as a consultant on a UNDP & DFID funded anti-corruption project. She eventually went back to the University of Nigeria for a Masters Degree in Development Studies.
Dora currently resides in Nigeria where she works as the Director Programmes at the Int’l Centre for Women Empowerment and Child Development, an NGO that is focussed on women’s reproductive health and rights, women empowerment and pro-bono legal services for women and girls who are victims of violence and abuse in Nigeria. She is a member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and a HIV Youth Peer Educator Master Trainer. Dora is an advocate for women empowerment and firmly believes that all women are entitled to the same rights and opportunities as men irrespective of culture and religion. In her free time, she enjoys singing and listening to music, reading novels and travelling.
Meg lives on the outskirts of Battambang, a small city in northwest Cambodia. She moved there in 2009 to work with a community-level women’s health education program. Meg grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Boston College, where she majored in International Studies and Human Development.
Erin Bougie was born and raised 15 minutes from the Canadian border in Maine. Wanting to do more than farm potatoes like the rest of her town, she went to Bates College, majoring in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Psychology. At Bates, she was a year-round athlete participating on the cross-country running, Nordic skiing, and track and field teams. After graduating in 2007, she biked from New Haven, CT to Portland, OR for the Habitat Bike Challenge with 30 other college students raising money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity
Wanting to pursue her passion of sports and women’s rights, Erin worked at the Women’s Sports Foundation Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, an education based non-profit. Erin also volunteers for NARAL-VA, RAINN, and WACDTF educating female athletes and coaches on their rights under Title IX.
Fiona, a former Social Media Manager and Junior Editor for Gender Across Borders, works in book publishing as a publicist of literary fiction and non-fiction. She received her BA in English from Colby College.
Fiona’s passion for feminism developed while working at an artisan-based woman’s empowerment NGO in Northeastern India. There, she learned firsthand about the roles and rituals of women in a traditional Buddhist village while looming, knitting, farming, and cooking.
She has also worked on permaculture, organic, and biodynamic farms around the world to better understand sustainable treatment for our land and toward each other.
Currently, Fiona lives in Brooklyn. When she’s not reading or promoting new titles with great enthusiasm, you’ll find her welding, writing, dancing to electronic music, adventurously eating, or longing to spend more time with her brother’s puppy, Finn. You can follow her on twitter at @fpbrown22.
Born and raised in Alabama, Nikole moved to St. Louis to attend Webster University, where she earned her BA in Journalism and Women’s Studies in 2009. During her undergraduate studies, Nikole was involved with the LGBTQ Alliance and served as editor-in-chief for The Journal, the campus newspaper. She continued her education at WU for an MA in Media Literacy with an emphasis in gender/race representations and Education.Nikole works as a research assistant within the Communications department, and volunteers with the National Association for Media Literacy Education, which encourages the expansion of media education for younger age groups. She hopes to continue her involvement in media research, higher education, and media literacy advocacy, and plans to pursue a doctorate.
Becky Canary-King hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated with a B.A. in History from Carleton College in Northfield, MN where she also worked at the Gender & Sexuality Center. In the fall of 2009, she studied Scandinavian Welfare States in an Age of Globalization at the University of Oslo. There, she interned with the youth activist organization, Changemaker, and contributed to their website. She is passionate about sexual violence prevention, safe and healthy sexuality, and body sovereignty, and channels it through student activism and blogging. Last year, she co-founded Happy Bodies, a body sovereignty organization on her campus, and is a main author of the Happy Bodies blog.
Becky also loves gospel music, the West Wing, fatshion, pancake breakfasts, and restorative justice.
Abigail B. Colodner is a recent graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she concentrated in Arts and Policy and studied policy areas such as education, global health, the environment, and women’s advocacy. She has lately developed an inability not to point out gendered discrepancies in media and reporting, despite the protests of movie-watching partners. The arts have always been central in her interests. She has studied the history of visual and performing arts and was a writer/editor of The Michigan Daily’s Fine Arts section throughout college. Her fascination with writing analytically about the performing arts began in high school, when she participated in two years of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Young Critics Institute. It has been her great luck to spend extended time in cities with cultures that encourage and support live performance – as a teen in New York City, during college in Ann Arbor, MI, and during four-month stays in Prague and in Washington, DC. In DC, she worked as the editorial assistant to the Publishing Office at the Library of Congress, where she researched and wrote biographies of accomplished women for “Women Who Dare.” She is currently living and working in Portsmouth, NH and can be reached at email@example.com.
Brook Elliott-Buettner is a social justice worker and freelance human rights policy researcher and writer specializing in international public policy and human rights, especially related to reproductive justice. Over the past few years she’s worked for The Information Group on Reproductive Choice in Mexico City and as a Social Worker in New York, where she worked with with National Women’s Liberation and with PPNYC an activist and a clinic escort. She’s currently working in community health and organizing for Oxfam America. You can find her work at www.brookelliottbuettner.com.
Previously, Brook wrote the monthly Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Situation Report column.
Maria holds a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Ohio University, and is a Board Member at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
Her writing is included in an anthology about identity politics, Imagining the Black Female Body: Reconciling Image in Print and Visual Culture, and she is a contributing writer for the Ms. Magazine and Feminist Review blogs.
Alison Hamm, one of the original co-founders of GAB, grew up in a small town in Indiana, and then escaped to Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied English and journalism at Indiana University. After graduating, she worked for IU as a content specialist at the IU Office of Creative Services and spent her free time freelancing for The Bloomington Alternative, a biweekly journal dedicated to progressive social change and independent media.Since moving to Chicago in 2008, she has interned for In These Times and The Media Consortium, waited tables, and is now a staff writer for Groupon.
Jackie Hyland currently lives and works in Panamá as Program Coordinator for rural and indigenous business mentoring programs at Voces Vitales Panamá and is the Partnership/Community Manager at Fundación ParqueArte. She holds B.A. in International Relations and Journalism from Baylor University. Before Panama, Jackie was an online content editor at Elsevier, editor of Baylor University’s Focus Magazine, contributing writer for the Lariat, the Wacoan and UMonthly magazine. Jackie also wrote her senior honor’s thesis on women’s political participation in Latin America. She has traveled extensivley through most of Latin America (mostly by bus) and loves Peruvian food, Argentine wine, and Panamanian coffee. In Panama, she writes for a local magazine, and enjoys her morning jogs next to the ocean. You can write her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on twitter @jackie_hyland.
Jia H. Jung was born and raised in New England, and is not afraid to tell people she is from Andover rather from “Boston.” At UC Berkeley, she dumped her pre-med plans for a B.A. in Philosophy and work with The Daily Californian, the Marshall Islands , an English instructor in South Korea, a non-profit developer for the Asian American Civic Association, and an environmental researcher for an NGO in India, where she traveled extensively. which allowed her to review 30 concerts in one summer.
She recently earned a Master’s in Pacific and International Affairs from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies in UC San Diego, and is working towards a foreign service career with the U.S. State Department. In other words, she is unemployed and enjoying a last summer of sorts in her hometown of Andover. She is a big fan of open water swimming, live music, camping, used bookstores, and DIY projects of all kinds. Whatever the future has in store, she is thrilled to be writing again for an awesome site.
Tahira Khalid, a former Senior Editor for Gender Across Borders, is a native of Brooklyn, New York and originally came to GAB as a Junior Editor. In 2010, she graduated from Bates College with a degree in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in Spanish. As someone who consistently analyzes the institution of marriage, Tahira’s scholastic endeavors culminated in a thesis which addressed the mobilization of romantic love in K-1 fiancee visas. Outside of the classroom, Tahira has volunteered with Somali girls at the Hillview Housing Project in Lewiston, Maine, tutored Arab women in US History and Citizenship at the Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn, and spent a semester in Buenos Aires where she completed an independent research project on gender traditions and teenage pregnancy. During the last year, Tahira volunteered as the social media assistant for Finding Bibi, a documentary which uses humor, film, new media, pop culture and more to bring women of various backgrounds together to share their experiences. Finally, Tahira recently began her graduate studies to earn her MSW.
In her minimal spare time, Tahira loves to bury her nose in a book (quite literally) and writes as much as possible. She frequently fantasizes about traveling and has a knack for fortune telling. As an ex-radio DJ, Tahira is constantly on the look out for good music, both for her personal library and to share via her kick-butt mix-CDs.
Maria is one of the original founders of Gender Across Borders. Born two days before Christmas; Maria Khan was bound to inherit the magical spirit in the air, which has been the driving force behind her pursuit for knowledge spread over three continents. Maria was raised in the United Arab Emirates, educated in Canada and the United Kingdom and is currently residing in the United States. She holds a graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Warwick in UK and her research interests include, Human Trafficking, Human Security in Wars & Prisons, Individual vs. State Justice, and her core passion lies in the topic of her dissertation; ‘Women’s Rights in Islamic States: The Relationship between Religion and Politics’.
Over the years, Maria has been actively involved with several non-profit organizations like, the National Academy of the Gifted & Talented Youth (NAGTY), Erinoak; an organization supporting children with physical, developmental and communication disabilities, UNHCR, ICMC, Medecins Sans Frontieres and most recently the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. At the ICMC; which is joint voluntary agency involved in the resettlement of refugees in the US, she contributed by writing papers on the internal developments inside Afghanistan and another on the trafficking of women and children.
Her passion for writing and photojournalism has driven her back to school and she is currently pursuing a second graduate degree in Journalism at the DePaul University.
Eliane L. is a linguist and communications professional originally from Zurich, Switzerland. Currently based in Singapore, she has lived in seven different countries. She has a Master’s degree in Linguistics & Russian Studies and a diploma from the London School of Journalism. In the past, she has done work in Rajasthan, India, with women and girls from the Dalit (‘untouchable’) caste at the grassroots NGO Sambhali Trust. She’s also done public awareness work for UN Women in Singapore, by going into local schools to give talks on violence against women. Most recently, she worked for an NGO in Senegal whose main area of focus is the abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC).
Her main area of interest is how global gender inequality declines itself in different cultural contexts (whether it be selective abortion in India, FGC in West Africa, or pay inequality in the West).
Jessica Mack, a former Senior Editor for Gender Across Borders, is a global feminist and reproductive health and rights advocate. She received her BA in religion and philosophy from Boston University and her Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.
She has worked as an abortion counselor, a barista, and a farm hand (not all at the same time), and with such amazing groups as Circle of Health International, the Tibetan Nuns Project, Our Bodies Ourselves, Planned Parenthood, Ipas, and Women Deliver.
Tatiana McKinney graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in communications and double minors in Spanish and leadership and public service. She was a 2008 Sue Shear Fellow with the thirty-five other outstanding women were engaged in a week-long leadership development program designed to stimulate interest in public policy formation.
While in college, Tatiana served on the Young Women of Color Leadership Council and worked as a civic leaders intern for Rep. Martin T. Rucker (D-MO) with the Minority Black Caucus. She was awarded the Delta Sigma Theta’s Thriving 22, the NAACP Dr. Medgar Evers Student Political Award, the Diversity Award and Scholarship, the TrioCats Scholarship, and A Way With Words and Numbers Tutor Scholarship.
During college she studied abroad at the Universidad de Oviedo in Oviedo, Espana. She was able to meet new people, stay with an amazing family, and hone her “awesome spanish” skills.
Tatiana also interned for NBC-Telemundo Chicago, Women’s Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Chicago, Urban Magazine, Live! Magazine, and Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom.
She considers herself an advocate, activist, and adviser for the reproductive justice movement. Tatiana believes that she promotes change by being a leader in her community and advocating for things she’s passionate about.
Tatiana McKinney is currently a Student Chapters Fellow with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. She contributes to numerous blogs such as: EverydayCitizen, Advocates for Youth, and RHRealityCheck. She currently resides in Washington, DC.
Sara is a graduate student at Humboldt University to Berlin. She studies 20th century history, focusing on East Germany. She spent the last year independently researching representations of Rosa Luxemburg—the depressive, lame, Jewish, Polish, female co-founder of the German Communist Party—in the foundational historical narrative of the German Democratic Republic. As her studies continue, she plans to focus on the role of ‘dissident bodies,’ especially women, in central and eastern European history.
Before moving to Berlin, Sara earned her BA in History at Cornell University. At Cornell, Sara worked extensively with Comparative Literature, studying Spanish, German, and English literature, as well as literary theory.
In her free time Sara takes advantage of Berlin’s cultural resources, going to art exhibits, concerts, second hand stores, flea markets and cafes. Or, when feeling a bit poorer, she enjoys just walking around enjoying the cityscape: a slightly bizarre mixture of over-the-top 19th century monuments to German nationalism; graffiti-ridden, barely-changed-since-WWII squats; ugly socialist-grey high-rises designed as residential communities in cement neighborhoods; and ultra modern, even tacky, buildings of the Cold War.
In Berlin, Sara works part time as a communications consultant at a transnational tech company, doing everything from translations to public relations. She also writes every Monday and Friday at The Daily Femme. She posts links and clips from all her work (along with whatever else she finds interesting at the moment) at her tumblr blog (smwhitenoise.tumblr.com). You can follow her @SaraMess.
Zahrah comes from Lagos, Nigeria, and graduated with a BSc in Human and Physical Geography from the University of Reading in the UK. During that time she volunteered for Christian Aid organising events at my university to raise awareness on gender and poverty issues. Shortly after graduating Zahrah worked as a Production Assistant in Penguin Books, but having always had an interest in gender and urban development issues, she later went on to do a Masters in Urbanisation and Development at the London School of Economics, and shortly after interned at UNICEF UK as a Communications Intern.
Zahrah is a 2011 Leverhulme Trust Fellow currently doing her PhD at the London School of Economics, which explores the coping strategies of male and female domestic workers in Lagos and volunteers for Global One 2015 as a Nigerian Community Ambassador for its Maternal Health in Nigeria Project. She is currently living in Lagos, where she is a Visiting Research Student at the University of Lagos.
Zahrah is passionate about music, travelling and photography and loves skittles, animated movies and red velvet cupcakes.
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Erin Rickard, a former Senior Editor of GAB, hails from northern Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Spanish. While in college, her love of print and online media shaped her pursuit of feminist activism. She first became involved in campus activism during her junior year, when she joined the club Feminism is for Everyone and served on the Take Back the Night planning committee. During her senior year, Erin served as managing editor of S|He Said, a zine produced by Feminism is for Everyone, and interned with the magazine Iris published by the UVa Women’s Center. Her college experience also included a summer abroad in Ireland exploring the country’s beautiful landscapes and literature. After graduation, Erin interned with the Feminist Majority Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, where one of her main tasks was writing and editing news. She is currently working in the communications field in Washington, D.C.
Hayley Rose Horzepa was born when Halley’s Comet last appeared overhead, and named accordingly. In addition to writing for Gender Across Borders (sharing her own story in the I am a Rape Survivor series) she’s written for the Huffington Post and various other publications including her own website, Hayley’s Comments, a place where she shares her own stories to help and encourage others on their journeys towards healing and introspection. She also writes about life in general, vegetarianism, being kind to all of Earth’s creatures, and art.
Hayley recently finished writing her first novel based on the years she spent silently grieving after being sexually assaulted. In addition to writing, she is an artist. Her work has been displayed in shows throughout the US. She has BFA in Creative Writing.
You can follow Hayley on twitter at @HRoseStudios.
Roxanne Samer is a former Senior Editor at Gender Across Borders. She has a double major in Art History and German Area Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies from Tufts University. As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad at Ebherhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany, conducted archival research at the Getty Research Institute for her senior honor’s thesis on Carolee Schneemann’s experimental films of the 1960s and curated an exhibition of Tufts women’s art. Roxanne later completed the University of Chicago’s one year Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, taking courses with both the Art History and Cinema and Media Studies Departments. She once again wrote a thesis on experimental film, this time turning to Marjorie Keller’s birth film Misconception (1977) and analyzing the complexity of its response to Stan Brakhage’s Window Water Baby Moving (1959).
Prior to becoming a Senior Editor as Gender Across Borders, Roxanne was the Visual Arts Editor, contributing articles specific to visual art and gender around the world and organizing both the Women, Art and War series and the New Media, the Arts and Social Change series. She recently moved to Los Angeles to begin her PhD in Cinema.
You can follow her @roxsamer.
Alicia S. has spent much of the past decade promoting peace and gender equality in the United States and internationally. She recently moved to Atlanta, GA and is appreciating the pleasantness of life in the South. Alicia is currently completing a graduate degree in clinical social work from the Smith College School for Social Work.
Prior to work in clinical social work, Alicia was the Editor and Community Manager at Peace X Peace, a non-profit organization focused on lifting women’s voices and nurturing a global network of women peacebuilders. She also spent several years working at Women for Women International (WfWI), where she monitored rights-awareness programs in conflict and post-conflict settings. In 2003, she spent several months working for WfWI in Afghanistan. Alicia completed her M.A in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. During her graduate studies, she spent six months in Uganda working for The AIDS Support Organization and researching the role of masculinity in peacebuilding.
You can follow Alicia on Twitter here.
Born on a rainy day in Seattle, Elizabeth Switaj grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She is one of the founding members of Gender Across Borders. As an undergraduate at The Evergreen State College, she was an active member of the Women’s Resource Center. In 2001, she moved to San Francisco to attend the New College of California Poetics program. While there, her activism centered around anti-war activities. Since completing her MFA in 2004, she has taught EFL in Japan and China. Her travels have also taken her to locations throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. She has also taught English to adult immigrants and expats in Brooklyn and (currently) Seattle. She often thinks she learns more from her students than they learn from her.
Elizabeth is the author of Magdalene & the Mermaids (Paper Kite Press), Shanghai (has more capital) (Gold Wake Press), and The Broken Sanctuary: Nature Poems (Ypolita Press). She has also presented papers on subjects ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to James Joyce and has written reviews for Galatea Resurrects, Experimental Fiction & Poetry, and Mad Hatter’s Review.
When not writing, she takes photographs and sings contralto. Her favorite whiskey is Jameson and her favorite wines come from Cocoromi Gakuen. Currently, she is writing a doctoral thesis on James Joyce at Queen’s University Belfast.
Marco Túlio de Urzêda Freitas has an undergraduate degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Brazil, and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Linguistic Studies at the same institution. He is an adjunct professor at the Faculdade de Letras of the UFG, teaching English and Portuguese at the Intercultural Teaching Course for Indigenous Teachers. He also works as an English teacher at the Comunidade FazArte, an extension project of the UFG, and as a collaborator in teaching and research activities at the Colégio Estadual Prof. Pedro Gomes, in Goiânia-GO, Brazil. He is a member of three research groups: Studies in Language Learning and Teaching, Foreign Language Teacher Education, and Poststructuralist Linguistc Studies and Identity Practices. He is interested in Critical Applied Linguistics, with special emphasis to: critical foreign language/English teaching; collaborative research; critical language teacher education; curriculum and diversity; knowledge critique; feminist, queer and postcolonial studies in Applied Linguistics; language and counter-hegemonic practices; and intercultural-bilingual indigenous teacher education. As a contributor to GAB, he will write about race, gender, sexuality, language, and education in Latin America. He has been published in national and international academic journals, and the Brazilian newspaper Diário da Manhã. In his free time, Marco Túlio likes being with his family, traveling to new places, running and working out, reading and writing poems, going to the cinema and to the theater, and sometimes going to dance clubs with his friends.
Kate Wiseman’s interest in international feminist issues started at home, where she is one of four strong women in her family, and has continued to grow through several experiences living abroad and seeing the diversity of issues and experiences that can affect women globally. Kate was an English major at Davidson College and spent her senior year focusing on Contemporary Immigrant Fiction in the United States. She wrote her thesis on “Post-Dictatorial Narrative Strategies” looking at the relationship between masculinity, history, and narrative authority in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Kate most recently worked as a Program Manager at Women without Borders / SAVE, an international NGO headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Women without Borders seeks to promote women in decision-making positions in government and civil society, and SAVE works to involve women in international security issues at the grassroots level. Kate is currently living in Sweden and working as a freelance writer and English teacher. She blogs about food, travel, and life as an expat at www.transatlanticsketches.com.