Zaynab Nawaz joined the International Women’s Program as the program officer for Asia & Latin America in December 2008. Prior to joining the Open Society Institute, Nawaz was a senior campaigner with Amnesty International, where she coordinated the international “Stop Violence Against Women” campaign from New York and led lobbying efforts on women’s human rights issues in Washington, D.C.
Nawaz has over a decade of experience in women’s human rights advocacy and has facilitated trainings with volunteer leaders and worked closely with women’s human rights defenders. She has participated in research missions to interview domestic violence survivors in Turkey and most recently worked with Native American and Alaska Native survivors of sexual assault.
Nawaz holds a BA in international relations from the College of William & Mary, an MA in international studies and diplomacy from the University of London, and a certificate in international legal systems from the Institute of Human Rights (The Hague, Netherlands).