Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now, an NGO dedicated to protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls around the world. She has served the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women.
Hassan attended Harvard Law School. She clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1995, served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Advisory Board on Child Marriage, and has been featured on various outlets including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Global Executive Director of Equality Now
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Women’s Rights, Law, Islamic Law, Political Science
Kimberlé Crenshaw is a professor at Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School. Her work focuses on racial and social justice and gender equality. Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory are academic disciplines that have emerged from her work. Crenshaw is also the Executive Director and Co Founder of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She has been instrumental in international organizational events such as the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism and the conference for Expert Group on Gender and Race Discrimination. She has also been an influential voice in racial justice campaigns such as “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” and “Black Girls Matter”. Crenshaw’s articles can be found in Ms.Magazine, Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Southern California Law Review and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and “The Tavis Smiley Show”.
The American Bar Foundation named Crenshaw the 2016 Fellows Outstanding Scholar.
Professor of Law at Columbia and UCLA
Areas of Expertise: gender equality, race, social and racial justice, affirmative action, violence against women. structural racial inequality
Özlem Sara Cekic has been a Danish MP for the Socialist People’s Party since 2007. She is the first female Muslim MP. A former psychiatric nurse, she is currently her party’s spokesperson for health-related issues, psychiatry, and gender equality. Cekic was the chairman of her party’s Ethnic Equality committee and founded a Diversity Network for health care professors from ethnic minorities. In 2009 she published the autobiographical book ‘Fra Føtex til Folketinget’ (“From Supermarket to Parliament”), in which she recounted her experiences as a politically progressive Muslim woman from a working-class background. She has also published a series of children’s books about Ayse, a girl from an immigrant background who faces daily challenges growing up in Denmark.
Member of Parliament for the Socialist People’s Party in Copenhagen
Areas of expertise: European Politics, Health, Gender Equality, European Migration
Aisha Moodie-Mills is recognized as one of the top “Forty Under 40” national LGBT leaders by The Advocate, and as one of The Root‘s 100 emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. She is a progressive strategist with more than a decade of experience in politics and policy. She is currently an adviser for LGBT Policy and Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress (CAP), the country’s largest progressive think tank.
Moodie-Mills has also been a key strategist and spokesperson on behalf of same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia, where she served as the president of D.C.’s marriage equality campaign as the district became the fifth jurisdiction/state in the country to extend marriage rights to lesbian and gay couples. She and her wife, Danielle, were among the first same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in D.C., and their wedding was the first lesbian wedding to be featured by Essence magazine online.
Moodie-Mills began her career in education policy and nonprofit management at the Center for Education Reform. She holds two degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park: a master of business administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, an organization which promotes intellectual and economic wealth in the black community.
Her work and publications have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Atlantic, Black Enterprise, Washington Post, Essence, POLITICO, Ebony, Huffington Post, and Uptown Magazine. She appears regularly as a political commentator on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, MSNBC Live, Jansing & Co and The Daily Rundown.
Senior Fellow, The Center for American Progress
Areas of Expertise: LGBT Policy, Race & Ethnicity, Rising American Electorate, Progressive Politics, Gender and Marriage Equality
Lisa García Bedolla (buh-DOYAH) is an education professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also the school’s Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division. She studies the causes and consequences of political inequalities in the United States.
She has consulted for presidential campaigns and statewide ballot efforts and has partnered with over a dozen community organizations working to empower low-income communities of color. Through those partnerships, she has developed a set of best practices for engaging and mobilizing voters in these communities, becoming one of the nation’s foremost experts on political engagement within communities of color.