Angela Lytle – Executive Director
Angela Lytle is an educator with extensive experience teaching, facilitating workshops and developing educational programming and curriculum in international settings. Angela has worked with the Women, Gender and Justice Program in Costa Rica, and has served as a resource person with IWRAW-APs “Global to Local” program for NGO representatives at the CEDAW Committee. Angela lived in South Korea where she engaged in educational and activist work with the Korean Women’s Associations United, and organizations supporting survivors of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery. She does educational work on sexualized violence in war with various community organizations. She is on the Research Ethics Board of the Sikh Feminist Research Institute, and has been a member of the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education’s Executive Council. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the area of women’s human rights, CEDAW and movement-building. A yoga practitioner and educator focussing on survivors of trauma and women’s wellness, she also engages in research and practice in the area of women’s human rights and Embodied Learning. Involved in the WHRI since its inception in 2004, Angela has been Executive Director since 2009. Under her leadership, the WHRI has expanded to offer international programs, online learning and consultancy.
Hala N. Zabaneh – Communications Officer
Hala began her position with the WHRI as the communications officer in 2010 while completing her Master’s degree at OISE University of Toronto in Adult Education and Community Development. Hala has always maintained a passion for the advancement of global women’s rights issues and holds an undergraduate degree in Women’s Political Studies. Hala works her creative juices as a professional circus performance artist and costume maker, while also being licensed with Desjardins Financial Security in the areas of insurance, accessing education grants, and financial planning.
Heather Evans – Research & Development Director
Heather is a queer feminist activist, educator and researcher. Her fascination with social justice movements began while doing research in Argentina on the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo for her undergraduate thesis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then became involved as an activist and educator with organizations supporting survivors of the Japanese military’s “comfort women” system during her 9 years in South Korea. It was through this work that she forged a relationship with Angela Lytle and came to know of the WHRI. After finishing her Master’s thesis, which involved critical research on human trafficking discourses and policies in Nepal, she went on to work as the education director for a local human rights organization in Vancouver and as a researcher on several projects through the International Women’s Rights Project. She is now co-coordinator of the global study on “good practices” in eliminating discrimination and empowering women for the WHRI’s contribution to the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice, and is a PhD student in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University.
Anya Victoria Delgado – Research & Development Coordinator
Anya Victoria Delgado holds an Law degree form Universidad Panamericana in Mexico, and an LL.M. degree from the University of Notre Dame in the United States. She was Snr. Protection Associate at the the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Project Assistant at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), both in Mexico City. She has been a fellow for the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights; leading researcher in the Latin American and Caribbean region for the Due Diligence Project and coordinator of a project to develop a model to eliminate gender violence in indigenous communities, sponsored by the UN Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence against Women. She founded Lu´um Creadoras, with whom she developed and produced a documentary about Central American refugee women in Mexico called “Suelo Mirar al Cielo” (Borderless Sky). She is also an alumni of the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute and the VVLead Program sponsored by Vital Voices.
Isabel Dávila – Program Assistant
Isabel Dávila is from Ecuador, where she attended law school for three years and worked as a paralegal, and now is a candidate for law school in Canada for 2017. She has worked on cultivating a culture of non-violence, sensitization and environmental practices with the “Escuela de Líderes” since the age of 14. She also volunteered in France for a year at a small Montessori school where she dealt with learning problems in an educational environment. In 2015 she attended the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute for the WHRI Intensive Program. She participated as a researcher and translator with the WHRI research project on “good practices” for the UNWGDAW and joins the WHRI team as program assistant.
Sujata Thapa Bhattarai
Sujata holds a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Gender and Peacebuilding, from the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has directed and led initiatives on non-violence, peace-building, women and youth empowerment, and post conflict reconstruction projects in South Asia for more than ten years as an active member of womenwagingpeace.org, and the South Asian Gender Activist Network (SANGAT). She worked as a peacebuilding specialist at Search for Common Ground, supporting partnerships during Nepal’s peace process, and on reintegration of child soldiers in the post-conflict period. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Planning at the University of Toronto, with a research focus on safe mobility and transportation for women’s empowerment in cities of the Global South. She organizes WHRI activities in Nepal and abroad.
Anna Arutshyan is a woman human rights defender and activist. She has Master’s Degree in Social Science and Area Studies and has expertise in human rights, feminism and peace building. In 2001 she founded a civil society organisation ”Society Without Violence” (SWV) working on women’s rights in Yerevan, Armenia which is one of the leading organisations in the women’s rights field in Caucasus region today. She was the initiator of formation of coalition ”To Stop Violence Against Women”, Armenia, promoted the establishment of “Women In Black”, worldwide known women peace builders’ movement to Armenia and further expansion to South Caucasus region, author of Rapid Response Unit (RRU) concept on effective reaction and prevention of domestic violence in Armenia. Anna is co-founder of the Women’s Solidarity Fund, which supports women fighting against gender-based inequality, with a focus on the Caucasus region and Turkey. She is co-convener of the CEDAW for Change Institute at Oxford University in September 2017.