10.11.12 International Day of the Girl
Thanks to the tireless efforts of AUDACIA participant Plan International, and its partners, the United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 to be the first-ever International Day of the Girl. ...
Anika Rahman to Speak
We are pleased to announce that Anika Rahman will speak at AUDACIA 2011.
In February 2011, Anika Rahman became president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the leading national social justice foundation committed to building women's power to ignite change.
Anika Rahman has spent her life and career fighting for women’s rights and dignity. Her passion took root during childhood, as she watched as her grandmother, mother and aunt struggle against the institutionalized sexism in their native Bangladesh. From them she learned courage, tenacity and the will to always fight for justice.
When she was eighteen, Anika came to the United States to attend Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She then went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. In reflecting on those years now, Rahman says that in the four years she spent at Princeton there were many people to admire, but not once did she have a professor who was a woman of color.
Upon graduation from law school, Anika joined the New York law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Following her passion for social justice, it wasn't long before she made the jump to nonprofit work. In 1993, Anika began her nonprofit career as the staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, the world's foremost legal organization for women's reproductive rights. She became the director of International Programs, where she developed a global program dedicated to helping women around the world fight for equality and legal protections. She also led the Center's policy team and gained important experience in the connections between advocacy, legal and communication strategies to effect change. While at the Center, Anika built her nonprofit management and fundraising skills growing a staff of 20 and raising an annual budget of $2.25 million.
In her work she saw first hand the broad and devastating impacts of discrimination and injustice. In 2004, Anika became the president of Americans for UNFPA (United Nation's Population Fund). The United Nations Population Fund is the world's largest funder of reproductive health programs and an anchor for women throughout the world as they strive for health access and equality. As the president of Americans for UNFPA, Anika honed her skills as a nonprofit executive and fundraiser. She focused on significantly expanding their fundraising, dramatically increased their resources during her tenure and negotiated a $37 million bequest for UNFPA and Americans for UNFPA. She was instrumental in raising awareness in this country of the global fight for women's rights and of America's critical role in it.