Prior to her appointment as director of the Open Society Women’s Rights Program in June 2014, Cynthia Eyakuze was director of the Open Society Public Health Program's Accountability and Monitoring in Health Initiative, where she oversaw efforts to support civil society organizations using community monitoring and budget work to increase accountability and transparency in the financing and delivery of health care at the local, national, regional, and global levels.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Eyakuze was the director of the Francophone Africa Program at Family Care International, an NGO based in New York. In that capacity, she oversaw programs on HIV/AIDS, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and maternal health in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, guided fundraising efforts, managed a team of technical and program staff, and led strategic planning and organizational development.
Prior to that, Eyakuze was a program associate with the International Program of the Center for Reproductive Rights and with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization, where she coordinated advocacy efforts at the UN and with UN agencies, and carried out research on government implementation of the agreements reached at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) and at the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995).
She holds a master of arts degree from Bryn Mawr College, and a master of Public Health (epidemiology) from Columbia University. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Fellowship in Women’s Health from Bryn Mawr College.