Chi Hui-Jung, CEO, The Garden of Hope Foundation; Chairperson, ANWS
Chi Hui-Jung has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH) since 1992. The Garden of Hope Foundation is a well-known social welfare foundation that focuses on women’s and girl’s issues.
Former journalist Chi has played a tremendous role at the forefront of social reform and child advocacy in Taiwan. Boldly addressing issues such as child prostitution, domestic violence and sexual abuse, Chi’s voice has compelled the government of Taiwan to take action. As a result, the anti child prostitution law was passed, helping keep an estimated 13,000 children out of the sex industry since 1992.
Chi also initiated the revitalization of GOH in 1992, transforming just one shelter into a network of counseling centers, outreach and job programs, short-term emergency shelters, long-term halfway houses and advocacy services. She oversaw the development of the Dandelion Treatment Center, where the youngest victims of sexual and domestic abuse can heal through interactive Sandplay Therapy and ultimately lead fulfilling lives.
Her efforts have also resulted in the Daughters of Formosa Award and the Daughters of Formosa Study Tour, programs that empower girls to use their talents and intelligence to impact others. Chi’s work has directly benefited the lives of 100,000 children in Taiwan and has spread to New York City where a Garden of Hope has been established. She leads an annual campaign to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child in Asia, and is the chairperson of the Asian Network of Women’s Shelters.
Bandana Rana, Chairperson, Global Network of Women’s Shelters; Committee Member, Convention on Ending Violence Against Women (CEDAW)
Bandana Rana from Nepal is a member of the UN CEDAW Committee. She has devoted three decades of active engagement in promoting women’s rights and gender equality through the different organizations and networks she has founded and served at the grassroots, national, regional and global level. Her passionate and many years of dedicated work have been in the area of violence against women, gendered conflict transformation, peace building and engendered media.
Ms Rana is a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group for the UN Global Study on the implementation of UNSCR 1325. She was a member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group (2012-2015). She is one of the founder and member of the Asia Pacific Women’s Alliance for Peace and Security (APWAPS) and chair of Global Network of Women Shelters (GNWS) as well as Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP).
Bandana Rana is the former chair of the National Women’s Commission of Nepal. She is the co-founder and the past president of Saathi, Nepal a pioneer NGO working on violence against women and has co-founded women’s shelters in Nepal. Ms Rana worked with Nepal Television for twenty years and is a founding member and past President of Sancharika Samuha (Forum of Women in Media) She was also the first woman serving the board of directors of Radio Nepal and the National Press Council Board.
Ms. Rana is a recipient of the “Woman of Distinction Award” by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at the United Nations in recognition of her outstanding leadership, profound commitment and exceptional contribution towards the advancement of the status of women.
Wang Ju-Hsuan, Chairperson, Sunshine Education & Culture Association, Taiwan
Current Profession: Chairperson, Sunshine Education & Culture Association Taiwan R.O.C. Director, Modern Women’s Foundation Supervisor, Taiwan Coalition Against Violence Director, Young Women’s Christian Association, R.O.C. Senior Consultant, Evergreen International Law Firm Guest associate professor, Graduate Institute of Law, Soochow University, Taiwan
Education background: College of Law, National Taiwan University Master program in law(LL.M.), Fu Jen Catholic University Doctoral program in law(Ph. D.), Renmin University of China
Work Experiences: Chairperson, Awakening Foundation, Taiwan Chairperson, National Organization for Women, Taiwan Managing director, Taipei Bar Association Consultant of Mayor of Taipei City Member, Committee of Women’s Rights Promotion, Taipei City Member, Committee of Women’s Rights Promotion, Executive Yuan, R.O.C Member, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Ministry of the Interior Supervisor, Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation Member, Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee Member, Labor Pension Fund Supervisory Committee Minister, Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan, R.O.C Director, Foundation of Women’s Rights Promotion and Development
Rosa Logar, Member, WAVE Network; Vice President, GREVIO, Council of Europe
My motto: “I believe in, and work for, the right of everyone, especially every woman and every child, to live free of violence!”
Since 1978 professional work in the area of preventing violence against women and domestic violence.
Executive Director of a gender-sensitive centre for victims of violence against women and domestic violence in Vienna, serving about 6 000 survivors a year.
Contributions to the development of laws and policy measures in Austria and internationally.
Member of the Council of Europe Task Force to Combat Violence against Women 2006–2008 and of the Ad Hoc Committee on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CAHVIO) 2008–2010.
Chang Hsiu-Yuan, Director, Department of Protective Services, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan
Current Profession: Director-general, Department of Protective Services, Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C.
Education background: M.S., Graduate Institute for Gender Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan
- Child Welfare Bureau, Ministry of the Interior
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Ministry of the Interior
Area of Expertise: Gender-based Violence Prevention, Protection of Children and Juveniles Welfare and Rights, Gender Equality
Aisa Kiyosue, Steering Committee Member of the Women’s Net Masakaane (Muroran, Hokkaido) & Associate Professor of Muroran Institute of Technology
Aisa is from Yamaguchi Prefecture which is located in the western part of Japan, and moved to Muroran city from Matsue city, Shimane Prefecture in 2011. Since then, she has been working as an associate professor of law, teaching Constitutional Law of Japan and family law. She is also one of the Steering Committee Members of the Women’s Net Masakaane which runs a women’s shelter and women’s trade union. She has been actively involved in a number of feminist and social movements, in particular peace movement against war and support work for Afghan women and refugees. She has written a number of academic articles on Constitutional Law of Japan, family law and Gender & Peace Studies. She has contributed chapters to a number of books and co-edited several books on these issues.
Education: Master of International Public Policy (Graduate School for International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan) & Master of Research in Research Methods for the Social Sciences (University of Bradford, UK). She completed the course work of PhD program of the Graduate School of International Public Policy, Osaka University in 2006.
Academic Career: Research Associate at School of International Public Policy (Osaka University) from April 2006 to March 2007, Assistant Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy (Osaka University) from April 2007 to September 2008, Associate Professor at Support Office for Gender Equality (Shimane University) from October 2008 to September 2011, and Associate Professor (Muroran Institute of Technology) from October 2011 up to the present date.
Research Topic: Family Law, Constitutional Law, Gender Legal Studies, Domestic Violence Law, and Peace Studies.
Wang Hsiao-Tan, Professor, College of Law, National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan
Wang Hsiao-Tan is professor of the College of Law at National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan. She teaches courses in law and society, culture and law, introduction to the foundations of law, including legal philosophy, legal history and legal sociology. Her areas of research and expertise include law and society, rights consciousness, ethnography of law, East Asia legal culture, and feminist critical legal studies.
Hsiao-Tan is a three-time winner of NCCU’s Academic Research Award (2013, 2014, 2016) and a visiting scholar to Columbia Law School (2015-2016). Long-term issues of concern and study for Hsiao-Tan include sexual assault, court mediation, marital violence, human trafficking, domestic disputes, etc. She has previously served as a Member of the District Court Domestic Affairs Mediation Committee, Member of the Ministry of Education Gender Equality in Education Committee, Member of the Board and Board of Supervisors of the Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association, and Member of the Board of the Taiwan Women’s Rescue Foundation. She is currently a Member of the Board of the Taiwan Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.
Zannatul Ferdous, Advocate, Bangladesh National Women Lawyer’s Association (BNWLA)
Zannatul Ferdous is a Senior Staff Lawyer for Bangladesh National Women Lawyer’s Association (BNWLA). To becoming a lawyer she get admission in the Law & Justice department of the Rajshahi University, Bangladesh as a honors student. After completing the LLB and LLM on the respective years of 1996 and 1999. She became a member of the BAR Counsel, Bangladesh in 1999. Upon completing the prerequisite towards becoming a professional lawyer Zannatul Ferdous started practicing with the Dhaka District Bar. On 2005 the she joined with BNWLA and became a member lawyer Of BNWLA. In 2006 She started work as in BNWLA. Her working area was child protection. In 2009 She worked for BNWLA Shelter home named “Proshanti” as shelter home Lawyer. One of her other responsibilities was to work with Law Drafting group of BNWLA. She worked on drafting of Children Act 2012, The Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act 2012. She was also involved as one of the legal expert group to the compliance of the Torture and custodial death (Prohibition) Act, 2013. She attended SAIVAC consultation at Katmandu, Nepal dated 11 November to 15 November 2010 Self Evaluation Program of BNWLA At Bangkok, Thailand Dated 11th December to 14 December 2009 Global Legal Empowerment Network: Learning Exchange Program, PHILIPPINE, April 29-May-27, 2015.
Xin Xiao-Yun, Part-time Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Soochow University
- Part-time Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Soochow University
- External supervisor Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center, New Taipei City Government
- Qualification Certificate for Senior Examinations of National Social Workers
- M.S., Department of Social Work, National Taipei University
- Bachelor, Department of Social Work, Soochow University
- Director, An-Shin Shelter, Taipei City, Taiwan
- Social Work Supervisor, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center, New Taipei City Government
- Social Worker, Nei-Hu Women Service Center, Department of Social Welfare, Taipei City Government
- Supervisor, Wan-hua Juvenile Counseling Group, Juvenile Counseling Committee, Taipei City Government
- Social Worker for Urban Aboriginal Services, World Vision Taiwan
Liu Shu-Chiung, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University
Current Profession: Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University Chairperson, Taiwan Healthcare Reform Foundation Project leader, Taiwan Against Gender-based Violence Clearinghouse
Education background: Ph D., Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University
Working experiences: For more than decade, Liu has worked with the public sector as policy consultant, and invited to conduct several policy researches concerning child abuse and domestic violence for the Central Government. She has held several appointments on commissions and committees that advise policy makers, including the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Right Committee, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, and the Consulting Council lf National Taiwan University Hospital.
Lorraine Lim, Manager, Star Shelter, Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO)
Lorraine Lim BA; M. Soc Sc (Counselling) received her Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the National University of Singapore in 1996 and completed her Master in Social Science (Counselling) from the University of South Australia in 2008.
Lorraine has been counselling abused women and children since 2008 and joined Star Shelter as the Administrator and Counsellor in 2011 and was promoted to Manager of the shelter.
With her dedicated team, she manages the operations of Star Shelter and the therapeutic programmes which include counselling, art therapy and group work for the residents. Through therapy, casework and enrichment programmes, Lorraine and her team help residents heal from the trauma of abuse, empower and equip them with the tools they need to lead a life free from violence.
Sajitha Jeyabalan, Project Coordinator, International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC), India
- Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management 2005-2006 Loyola College, Pondicherry University, Chennai, TamilNadu, S. India
- Master of Social Work (Specialization in Women and Children 2002-2004) Loyola College, Nugambakkam, Chennai. TamilNadu, S. India
- Bachelor of Commerce (1999-2002) St.Mary’s, Tuticorin. TamilNadu, S. India
- Higher Secondary Education (1997-1999) Vijayantha Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Avadi, Chennai, TamilNadu, S. India
- International Foundation for crime prevention and victim care (PCVC) Dec 2014 to till date
- Position Held: Project Coordinator
- Overall responsible for day to day management of Vidiyal project.
- Monitor staff roles of all the staff under the project.
- Responsible for client intake at Recovery and Healing Center
- Responsible for donor reports for Sunshine foundation in consultation with the project manager.
- Ensure timely and quality submission of the monthly vidiyal report prepared by the medical social worker.
- Ensure all records, formats and data is maintained for the rehab project.
- Conduct monthly rehab review meetings.
- Get regular feedback from clients and share with project manager.
- Weekly update with the programme director Ensure all procurement (put by SSW , SW and PT) in co-ordination with project manager.
- Conduct monthly meeting for the rehab residents.
- Manage day to day finances for rehab ( non-welfare expenses).
Chang Ching-li, Director, Social Welfare Bureau, New Taipei City
Current profession: Commissioner of Social Welfare Department, New Taipei City Government Adjunct Associate Professor of Taiwan Police College Committee Member of Gender Equity Taskforce, National Police Agency
Education: Master of Education University of Nebraska Dr. Social Policy and Social Work National Chi Nan University
Working Experience: Director of Social Affairs, Tao-Yuan County Chief Executive Officer, Modern Women’s Foundation Chairperson, , Taiwan Coalition Against Violence Member, Presidential Office Gender Mainstreaming Consultative Committee Committee Member of Gender Equity, Executive Yuan Member, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Ministry of Health and Welfare Member, Gender Equality Committee, Ministry of Health and Welfare Member, Gender Equality Committee, Ministry of Justice Member, Human Rights Committee, Ministry of Justice Member, Gender Equality Committee, Ministry of Labor Associate Professor of Taiwan Police College Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Taipei University.
Pok Panhavichetr, Executive Director, Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC)
Ms. Panha is currently holds a position as Executive Director of Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC). Prior CWCC, he has more than 20 years of experience working as senior officer and Executive Director of various development organizations in Cambodia including Development Partner, UN agency and NGO. Mrs. Panha has good track record in working toward the promotion of women’s right and gender equality in Cambodia.
Wang Lih-Rong, Professor, Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University
- Professor, Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University
- Education background:
- Ph.D, School of Social Welfare, University of California at Los Angeles
- M.S., Department of Applied Sociology, National Taiwan University
- Bachelor, Division of Social Work, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University
- Academic professor, University of Oxford
- Academic professor, University of California at Los Angeles
- Associate dean of College of Social Sciences, National Taiwan University
- Director, Risk Society and Policy Research Center, National Taiwan University
- Chair Professor, Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University
Pragyaa Rai, President, APEIRON, Nepal
Pragyaa is a service-focused social worker with a strong commitment to serving the needs of women and children. Backed by solid credentials (BA in Sociology and Master in Gender Studies) and equal strengths in program, personnel and case management, Pragyaa is the President of Apeiron; a Nepalese women-led organization working for a gender equal society.
Mum to a strong willed 4 year old girl, three dogs and a cat, Pragyaa enjoys travelling and reading in her spare time, (if any!).
Najla Areeb, Women Protection Center (WPC) Expert, Member of Civil Society Organization (CSO), Afghanistan
I started my formal schooling at Khadija High School in Jawzjan city. Soon after high school I continued my higher education in very difficult conditions of war and poverty, with limited means of education, in Balkh Medical University by achieving high marks in the university entrance exam in 2002. I completed my higher education in the field of curative medicine and obtained MD (Medical Doctor). I realized that studying medical faculty was not easy, however, I successfully finished medical school with good grades. Because of war and unequal power relationship between women and men people suffered from gender-based violence and psychosocial problems. This epidemic captured my intention and I become interested in public health and started to change my vision of being a clinician.
My working experience with STEP NGO started April – December 2009, as Gender Officer than as Gender Advisor with Solidarity for Afghan Families-SAF one year till December 2010, and Health Service Support Project/Futures Group International, a USAID funded project as Gender Officer January 2011 till May 2012, increased my enthusiasm to work more closely with people and I realized that people of Afghanistan are suffering from a different kind of violence, I continued working with gender/human rights in several organizations at the community level particularly in the field of Women Protection and gender-based violence. Working with the Women Protection Center Coordination Committee as volunteer convinced me to continue in the field of Women Protection Program.
My passion toward serving the victims of gender-based violence led me to join UNFPA Gender unit as Technical Assistant for health sector response to the Gender-Based Violence program. This program implemented by the Ministry of Public Health/ Gender Directorate in order to perform effectively. In January 2013, the management of UNFPA/MOPH Gender Directorate promoted me as Technical Associate in health sector response to Gender-Based Violence program. Afterwards in October 2014 I joined UN Women As Program Associate for Women Protection Centers Programs. I am active member of Afghan Shelter Network, and working voluntarily since Mya 2016, and we conduct regularly our monthly coordination meetings to solve problems come for the implementation of WPCs in Afghanistan, find ways forward to improve this program and serve for Women of our country suffer from violence. As a one youth in my country, I have close support and coordination with Emerging Civil Society Leaders Network.
Su Chao-Ju, Director, Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities and Disadvantages Division, Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor, Taiwan
Current Profession: Director, Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities and Disadvantages Division, Work Force Development Agency, Ministry of Labor Professional Certificate Qualification Certificate for Senior Examinations of National Social Workers
Education: M.S., Department of Applied Sociology, National Taiwan University Bachelor, Division of Social Work, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University
Tu Ying-Chiu, General Supervisor of Social Work, The Garden of Hope Foundation, Taiwan
Engaged in domestic violence related services for over 17 years of experience
Education: 2004 Master of Fu-Jen Catholic University, Department of Social Work Thesis title: A study on the role function of social workers in escorting abused women to court hearing.
Professional Certificate: Qualification Certificate for Senior Examinations of National Social Workers
Social Involvement: Development Committee Member, the Legal Aid Foundation
Claire Loeber, Social Worker, Orange House, Amsterdam, Blijf Groep, the Netherlands
Claire Loeber (1983, Tilburg, The Netherlands) finished Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Utrecht in 2007. She started her professional career at Child Protection Services (The Hague), where she specialized in the drastic effects of domestic violence, abuse and neglect on children. The main tasks of this job were risk analysis and coordinating the professional care. The dynamic in relation to the clients was mainly educating about the development of children. After five years of working for the Child Protection services, she wanted to focus more on working together with the clients on a future without violence and preventing abuse, where the responsibility lies with the parents. So she started working as a social worker for Blijf Groep, and does this passionately. Her main focus is on safety and empowering the clients during their stay in the Orange House. Giving insight in how domestic violence is a dynamic in the relationship where many times both partners are part of the solution, is a big part of her approach. She strongly believes in including all family members in the professional care, since in her experience that has a positive effect on everyone.
Yu Mei-Kuei, Professor and Chair, Graduate Institute of Social Work, National Taiwan Normal University
- PhD in Social Work , School of Social Policy, University of Kent, UK
- MA in Child Welfare, Graduate Institute of Child Welfare, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
- BA in Creative Writing, Department of Chinese Literature/ BA in Youth and Child Welfare, Department of Youth and Child Welfare, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
- Associate professor, Graduate Institute of Social Work, Taiwan Normal University
- Associate Professor, Department of Social Welfare, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
- Secretary general, Taiwan Association of Social Workers
- Assistant Professor, Department of Social Welfare, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
- Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Tzu-Chi University
- Social Worker, Department of Social Welfare, Taipei City Government
Chisato Kitanaka, Co-representative director, All Japan Women’s Shelter Network; Associate Professor , Harassment Consultation Office at Hiroshima University
Chisato was born in Wakayama prefecture and currently lives in Hiroshima city, Japan. She is the president and the co-representative of All Japan Women’s Shelters Network. She is also an associate professor of Harassment Consultation Office at Hiroshima University, Japan. Since April, 2017, she has been president of the NGO “Sexual violence victim support Hiroshima”, which is a rape crisis center for Hiroshima.
Chisato started her career as a social worker on university campus who deals with harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence. Her major research themes are: sociological gender theory, violence against women, harassment on campus, academic harassment and academic misconduct.
Chisato is the director of Feminist Support Center TOKAI (Women’s shelter NPO in Nagoya, Japan). Also she joins Campus Sexual Harassment National Network (in Japan) since the inception.
Chisato has a master’s degree from Nagoya University, Graduate School of Letters (Sociology), and participation in Doctoral Program at Nagoya University, Graduate School of Letters (Sociology).
Ferdous Nigear, Project Officer-Legal, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA)
Ferdous is both diligent in her law practice and committed her profession. As a lawyer she joined in Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) in the year 2006. She has experienced in meditation & psycho-social counseling, case filling, shelter home management, case management etc. She has specialization in women & child rights in Bangladesh. She has also experience with the issues of violence prevention protection, prosecution, and survivor’s rehabilitation and reintegration.
Aside from being a lawyer Ferdous is a counselor. She also served as counselor for venerable women who underwent civic abuse. She worked with victim support center under the ministry of Home Affairs.
Ferdous Nigear is the member of Bangladesh Bar Council, Member of Dhaka Bar Association and Member of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA).
Ferdous Nigear was born in Nator and raised in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Social work from Rajshahi University in the year 1997 and obtained Master in Social Work from Rajshahi University in the year 2000. She also completed LL.B degree from National University in the year 2004 and completed LL.M from Prime University in the year 2001. Upon completion her law degree she went to Judge Court and practice for criminal cases.
Riekje Kok, Coordinator, GNWS Office the Hague
My name is Riekje Kok, I am 65, and I am living in Groningen, the central town in the northern part of the Netherlands.
Since 1983 I have worked in the field of gender based violence in different jobs: a rape crisis center, a national organization for gender-based violence and gender-based healthcare. From 1996-2013 I was executive director of a big organization in Groningen, in the field of domestic violence, with several shelters and an advice and support center.
I was a member of the initial group that started in 2008 in Edmonton, Canada and founded GNWS in 2009. I was a participant of the 1st and 2nd World Conference. It was quite a thrill to join the organization of the 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in the Hague in November 2015, where the Asian network had a pre-conference. Hard but wonderful work: I cannot wait to be a participant again of the 4rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters (in Asia?). Right now I am volunteering as coordinator of the GNWS office in the Hague which we started in 2005.
Oyunbileg Baasanjav, Chair of the Board, National Center Against Violence, Mongolia
Chair of Board of the National Center Against Violence in Mongolia, Ms. Oyunbileg Baasanjav is experienced in political, economic and social issues of Mongolia’s democratic transition and development, with a focus in particular on issues of governance, civil society and gender equality. Working for international financial and development institutions including international NGOs, she is knowledgeable in development programming on national and local levels including design, implementation and monitoring, specifically the legal, economic, institutional and human aspects of these initiatives in Mongolia. She holds MA in International Studies from George Washington University, USA and MA in Economics from the Academy of National Economy, Moscow, Russia.
Enkhjargal Davaasuren, Head, National Center Against Violence, Mongolia
Enkhjargal Davaasuren, a Head of the National Center Against Violence, has close to two decades of experience in Law Advocacy and Legal Representation for survivors and victims of Domestic Violence. Through Ms. Davaasuren’s directorship and advocacy efforts as Head of the NCAV, the approval of the independent Law to Combat Domestic Violence was adopted by the Mongolian Government in 2004. Since then, advocacy works have continuously been implemented to establish comprehensive legal environment to combat with domestic violence. Most recently, Ms. Davaasuren has headed the taskforce which worked alongside the Mongolian Government in the drafting and submission of the Revised Law to Combat Domestic Violence which passed in December, 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Law and BA in Legislation from the National University of Mongolia, and a BA in English from the University of the Humanities, Ulaanbaatar.