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Margarita DiazMargarita Diaz is the president of Brazilian NGO Reprolatina - Innovative Solutions to Sexual and Reproductive Health. She acts in research, education, training, planning, implementation and evaluation of programs, developing training curriculum and other educational materials in the area of sex education and sexual and reproductive health. She also gives technical support to municipalities in Brazil and in other countries of Latin-American to improve quality of care on sexual and reproductive health services with emphases in prevention actions to decrease unplanned pregnancy, STD, HIV-Aids, violence and maternal mortality. She acts as educator to strengths the technical capacity of providers, educators, adolescents and women from the community using an innovative education methodology that follows Paulo Freire approach to empower them for decrease gender inequalities, advocate for the sexual and reproductive rights and for the social transformation. She obtained her Phd in Education from the State University of Campinas in São Paulo in 2002 following studies in nursing and education. Before assuming the presidency of Reprolatina she was the Director of the Department of Training, Education and Communication at the Center for Research on Maternal and Child Health (CEMICAMP) at the University of Campinas, from 1986 to 1989, and a Researcher and coordinator of the Family Planning Clinic, CEMICAMP/UNICAMP, from 1979 to 1986.

Marjorie McGee Marjorie McGee has more than 15 years of experience in working specifically in the disability community, and nearly 10 years in public health. She offers her skills and expertise in working across-disability, ensuring that all have a voice, and assurance to equitable community partnerships. In 2006 Ms. McGee founded an organization called the Women with Disabilities Health Equity Coalition (WowDHEC) that has created a coalition of leaders with disabilities and public health leaders to undertake a variety of educational and outreach activities aimed at the medical and disability communities. She is currently a doctoral student in Social Work Research in Oregon, USA. Ms. McGee's overall focus is building knowledge that will advance our understanding and treatment of persons with disabilities as a disadvantaged minority group in contrast to historical definitions of disability as synonymous with illness and vulnerability. She has experience conducting various quantitative and qualitative research studies. In the area of scholarship, Ms. McGee is second author on an article published in Social Work in Public Health (May 2010) titled”Health Disparities between Women With and Without Disabilities: A Review of the Research.” Ms. McGee dissertation will examine the mediating affects of discrimination on the health behaviors and outcomes of young people with disabilities.

Monica BartleyMonica Bartley is a professional statistician. During her tenure at the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, (STATIN), she was the Director of the Administrative Statistics Division,where she was involved with the production and analysis of international trade statistics and price indices. She is a passionate disability advocate and a founding member of the Combined Disabilities Association, a self-help cross disability organization, where she has served in various capacities. She was convener of the Disability Policy Committee and was actively involved in formulating the Jamaican National Policy for Persons with Disabilities as well as other disability –related policies. She has served on various committees such as the drafting of Legislation and is a member of the National Advisory Board on Disability and the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA). She was a Researcher, with the International Disability Rights Monitor (IDRM).She has a degree from the University of the West Indies; certificates from the U.S Census Bureau International Statistical Program and the Center of Economic Statistics; and a master’s degree in special studies from the George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Mwajuma MasaiganahMwajuma Masaiganah worked in the fisheries before joining the development sector. She was a member of the former National Bank of Commerce (NMB) Coastal Board, she later worked as a Participatory Development Facilitator for various International Development institutions before going freelance as a Participatory Facilitator. She is currently a Chairperson for Bagamoyo District NGO Network (BANGONET), Chairperson of pMTCT National Sub-Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees of Ifakara Health Institute. She also chairs other educational Boards while heading two Primary Schools as a Manager and Director. She was a Visiting Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Participation Group of IDS Sussex. She has worked extensively with and in indigenous communities in Tanzania and as a keynote speaker in various international conferences. Mwajuma served as a ground Consultant for Stephen Lewis Foundation for Tanzania and Kenya evaluating and assessing projects and a former Chairperson of Bagamoyo Women Development Network (BAWODENE). She is now a Director and Secretary General of the Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC) Tanzania. As a team member of the BFF, she says there are lots of biases in research that need to be eliminated and thus spreading the use of the framework by researchers is fundamental.

Priscilla Nirmalakumari DanielPriscilla Nirmalakumari Daniel is the founder and CEO of SUEB, an NGO in India. Priscilla has received world-wide recognition for her work with SUEB, and was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship for Public Innovators in 1989. SUEB is dedicated to integrated and holistic development to empower women, children, families and communities through Self Help Groups (SHG); savings promotions, lending and micro insurance activities; social education for empowerment of women, and vocational and technical education through Community Colleges that SUEB has established in collaboration with Tamilnadu Open University. Priscilla’s entrepreneurial spirit runs through all she does. For more than ten years, Priscilla also worked globally as Programme Executive for ECLOF International, Geneva, Switzerland, a Micro Finance organisation that lends to poor entrepreneurs and to institutions with social objectives for infrastructure development in the countries in the South. She has also served as an Assistant Professor, Co-ordinator of the Extension Service Centre, and Director of Women’s Studies Department in St.Christopher’s College of Education, Chennai, India. She is, among others, a Member of the General Assembly of the Dhan Foundation, Founder Member and Past President of the Social Initiative for Rural Peoples’ Integration (SIRPI) in India, and is a Member of Ashoka Fellowship for Public Innovators, USA.

John Santiago Joseph John Santiago Joseph, PhD, is a Capuchin Monk, living and working as a parish priest and social worker in Amalashram, Srirangam, Trichy, South India. He is the Secretary & Project Manager of CFMMSSS-Udhayam which means "dawn", previously named, Capuchin Friars Minor Multipurpose Social Service Society, see: Most of their activities are geared to making people conscious of their inherent power to transform their plight by empowering the poor with job oriented and entrepreneurial skills like tailoring, computer knowledge, driving etc. to earn their bread. Santiago tries to apply the BIAS FREE theoretical framework and concepts in his practice, writing, teaching and research. It plays a significant role in his professional work as a social worker among low-income communities. As well, he finds that it helps him very much to identify and eliminate social biases and prejudices in his pastoral ministry as a parish priest.

Last Updated: 15-November-2011
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