Nela Pamuković, feminist, lesbian and peace activist. Since 1987 active in feminist movement, and member of lesbian group Lila Initiative founded in 1989 in Zagreb. Co-founder and co-coordinator of Lesbian Group Kontra since 1997. Work at the Centre for Women War Victims-ROSA, activist in Women’s Network of Croatia, Centre for Women’s Studies, Coalition of Women’s Groups SEKA, Women’s Court-Feminist Approach to Justice, European Observatory on Violence against Women, etc. One of the founders of LGBT Pride in Zagreb, first one organized in 2002 by Kontra and Iskorak, member of the organizational committee 2002-2006. Teaching on history of lesbian and feminist movement at Centre for Women’s Studies, Zagreb.
Lepa Mladjenovic – feminist counselor & trainer for themes sexual violence, violence against and among lesbians, discrimination of lesbians, Roma women, emotional literacy, feminist approach to counseling women with trauma of male violence. Anti-war and anti-fascist activist Women in Black Against War in Belgrade, Serbia. Feminist lesbian activist, co-founder of few lesbian groups, Arkadia, Labris, Counseling for Lesbians, as well as of feminist and anti-violence groups, SOS Hotline, Autonomous Women’s Center, WAVE Women Against Violence Europe Network, as well as a local networks against male violence and rape in war. Author of essays on the noted issues. Lecturer in alternative Women’s Studies centers. Passionate in believing in solidarity of feminists who are the ones making good news inspiring the social changes needed for the power of hope of women, and particularly lesbians of all diversities.
Kristian Ranđelović, born in 1973 and based in Belgrade, Serbia. He is MA Editor for TV and film and psychodrama trainee. As an activist, he served as a board member of ILGA Europe board from 2010-2012. He is also board member of ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey, TGEU-Transgender Europe, OII Europe-Organisation Intersex International Europe and TransMentors International. In 2006 he started working with Gayten-LGBT, Center for LGBT Human Rights, where he has been systematically developing programs for trans individuals, including the first trans support group in the Balkans. Throughout the years he appeared in various media sharing his experiences and issues faced by trans persons. He has also contributed to creation of trans programs in ex Yu region and he participated in the creation of the first trans site in ex Yugoslavia region (www.transserbia.org). Main areas of work: Capacity building for trans individuals/organizations and psychological counseling for LGBT individuals.
Chantal Partamian was born in 1984 in Beirut, Lebanon. She currently works in film production and has directed a few short films and documentaries, which have been shown at different projections and events in France. Most of her work is done with digital video, super 8 mm and 16mm. Chantal is also a founding member of two amazing organisations Meem and Nasawiya both in Lebanon. In her own words: “I consider myself a feminist because I believe in equal opportunities and rights. Gender equality is essential for me and I believe in autonomy and body integrity.”
An Algerian LGBT Activist, Yahia Zaidi has revived Abu-Nawas, an Algerian group for LGBT Rights. In 2005, together with others fellows, Yahia established an HIV/AIDS prevention project for Men Having Sex with Men in Algeria. In 2007 he became UNAIDS and NAC (National AIDS Committee) Focal Point for MSM. Yahia is a social worker in the asylum field. In Belgium where he now lives, he co-founded OMNIA, Association of migrants from Middle East and North Africa living in Belgium that campaigned for the right to sexual diversity and the fight against homophobia among migrants from the MENA region. He served on the position of co-chair on the board of Pan Africa ILGA, the African chapter of ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. He also represented Africa as board member on ILGA’s world executive board. Yahia co-founded MantiQitna Network and is part of its Board.
Zeina Zaatari is an Arab queer feminist from South Lebanon, who is part exiled, part migrant in California. She is currently an independent consultant and university lecturer focusing on gender and sexuality in the MENA. Zeina is also the Associate Editor for Europe and the Middle East and North Africa for the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. She is a trainer with two different programs focusing on research design, implementation, and analysis targeting junior faculty, graduate students, and professional researchers at national universities in Arab countries. Zeina is the Secretary of the board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. Previously, she worked as the Regional Director for the MENA Program at Global Fund for Women (2004-2012) where she managed a diverse grantmaking program to support women’s and trans peoples’ rights. She earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in Feminist Theory from the University of California at Davis. Zeina’s current research project focuses on Interrogating Heteronormativity in Lebanon: Family, Citizenship, and Access to Adulthood. Her publications have focused on gender, sexuality (including queer sexuality), feminism, and movements.
Nevin is a feminist from Ankara, Turkey. She identifies herself as a feminist since a meeting she attended at “In Other Words” feminist community center in Portland, Oregon in 2003. This is also why she considers “14 NE Killingsworth St, Portland” as the birthplace of her feminism. In Portland, she met a group of awesome queer activists who helped her combine feminism with queer perspectives. Later on, she came out twice but says coming out to her mother as a vegetarian was way more difficult. During her 8 years at Kaos GL, a former Astraea grantee, she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of Kaos GL Magazine. There she also established and coordinated the “Regional Network Against Homophobia and Transphobia”, an anti-militarist and anti-nationalist LGBTI network in the Middle East, North Africa, South Caucasus and the Balkans. Before joining FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund as its Resource Mobilization Officer, she served as the UN Programe Associate at ILGA World and as the Outreach, Mobilization & Communications Officer at the International IDAHOT Committee. She currently lives in Switzerland and continues to serve as an advisor for a number of women’s funders to help them allocate their funds to grassroots organizations effectively. As a socialist feminist, Nevin believes the world revolves around gender, class and race, and that these factors lead to an unjust redistribution of resources, primarily money and knowledge, and adds, “This is why, I believe, those of us who are involved in philanthropy should be well aware of power dynamics at the tables we sit and the philanthropic culture of the countries we enter.”
Ghadir H. Shafie is a Palestinian activist who dedicates her work and activism to promoting a greater involvement and commitment to the issue of Palestine. Serving as co-director at Aswat- Palestinian Queer Women, Ghadir believes that the struggle of queer women is at the heart of the feminist, queer and anti-colonial struggle for justice, freedom and equality. Ghadir was born and raised in Akka, a beautiful beach city, where she lives with her son Jude.
Mariam Armisen is a queer feminist activist whose work involves facilitating the leadership development of young women activists through grassroots organizing, building knowledge from practice, and advising the philanthropic sector. As the founder and network coordinator of the Queer African Youth Network (QAYN), Mariam has contributed to the emergence of young queer women-led organizing in Francophone West Africa and in Cameroon, as well as the creation of the first pan-African, bilingual, arts and culture LGBTQI digital magazine in Africa. Her professional work in the women-led funding field and civil society sector focuses on social and human rights issues. Mariam is currently the Fund Development Coordinator for the West Africa LGBTQ activist-led fund, a researcher and fund development consultant for The Baring Foundation, and a Strategic Advisor with AmplifyChange. Prior to that, she was the Program Manager at the Women’s Funding Network. Mariam has documented and published widely on the situation of LGBTQ individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa. She currently serves on the advisory board of the SOGI Campaigns.
Fadzai Muparutsa is a Zimbabwean queer feminist activist active in multiple movements for social justice. Fadzai has worked tirelessly with a number of other African activists for the recognition of rights of persons discriminated against based on their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity, and compounding oppressions. Passionate about food and social justice.