the support unit

SheDecides is supported by a small Support Unit. This team is hosted by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in London. The Support Unit expects to move to IPPF in 2018. You are very welcome to get in touch with the SheDecides Support Unit at any time but, before you do, please check the FAQs.

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 Josie comes to the  SheDecides  team from Melbourne, Australia, with a background in grassroots advocacy, community media, music and the arts. She has worked extensively in the community broadcasting sector in Australia, including at 3RRR, SYN and PBS. She has produced podcasts focused on broad-ranging human rights issues such as the experience of asylum seekers, LGBTQI rights and women’s safety, and has been a tutor at RMIT University, presented at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Young Writers Festival, and run workshops in remote Aboriginal Australian communities. She has a BA in Professional Communication from RMIT University and MA (Global Media Communication) with a focus on representation and advocacy at the University of Melbourne. Josie thinks that storytelling is an essential ingredient in the recipe for long term social change, and is focused on amplifying the voices and stories that, for far too long, have been oppressed and excluded from the mainstream narrative. She is all about that real talk.

Josie comes to the SheDecides team from Melbourne, Australia, with a background in grassroots advocacy, community media, music and the arts. She has worked extensively in the community broadcasting sector in Australia, including at 3RRR, SYN and PBS. She has produced podcasts focused on broad-ranging human rights issues such as the experience of asylum seekers, LGBTQI rights and women’s safety, and has been a tutor at RMIT University, presented at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Young Writers Festival, and run workshops in remote Aboriginal Australian communities. She has a BA in Professional Communication from RMIT University and MA (Global Media Communication) with a focus on representation and advocacy at the University of Melbourne. Josie thinks that storytelling is an essential ingredient in the recipe for long term social change, and is focused on amplifying the voices and stories that, for far too long, have been oppressed and excluded from the mainstream narrative. She is all about that real talk.

Josephine Smart

Communications Specialist (incl. Media Enquiries) / josephine@shedecides.com

 Mallah is a fierce feminist, sexual and reproductive health activist, blogger and founder of United Vision, a youth-led Sexual and Reproductive Health organisation in Cameroon. In 2016 she also developed a mobile application for open, honest and judgement-free sexuality education for adolescents and young people, the first of its kind in the country. She is passionate about giving women and girls power and control over their own bodies.  Mallah holds a BSc in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea, Cameroon, and a Masters’ Degree in Gender and Development from the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK.  She also sits on the Board of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation based in London and is a recipient of the Queens Young Leaders Awards, and the Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders award for her work on women and girl’s health in Cameroon.

Mallah is a fierce feminist, sexual and reproductive health activist, blogger and founder of United Vision, a youth-led Sexual and Reproductive Health organisation in Cameroon. In 2016 she also developed a mobile application for open, honest and judgement-free sexuality education for adolescents and young people, the first of its kind in the country. She is passionate about giving women and girls power and control over their own bodies.

Mallah holds a BSc in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea, Cameroon, and a Masters’ Degree in Gender and Development from the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK.

She also sits on the Board of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation based in London and is a recipient of the Queens Young Leaders Awards, and the Women Deliver 100 Young Leaders award for her work on women and girl’s health in Cameroon.

Mallah Tabot

Youth Engagement Specialist/ mallah@shedecides.com

 Rebekka comes to the Support Unit from The Hague as one of the original members of the  SheDecides  Task Force in the Netherlands. She has worked on gender equality, education and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa, the Middle East and The Netherlands. She headed the health and AIDS team at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as a consultant for various NGOs. Most recently, she worked on the Dutch  SheDecides  task force. Rebekka works because she wants every girl and every woman to fulfil her potential. She says that now is the time for the silent majority to stand up and be counted.

Rebekka comes to the Support Unit from The Hague as one of the original members of the SheDecides Task Force in the Netherlands. She has worked on gender equality, education and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa, the Middle East and The Netherlands. She headed the health and AIDS team at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as a consultant for various NGOs. Most recently, she worked on the Dutch SheDecides task force. Rebekka works because she wants every girl and every woman to fulfil her potential. She says that now is the time for the silent majority to stand up and be counted.

Rebekka van Roemburg

Special Adviserrebekka@shedecides.com 

 Robin’s work started with grassroots organising 30 years ago in the early days of the UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust. She went on to write one of the first books on Women and AIDS and her work then took her to Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. She set up DFID’s first HIV team, and then oversaw their health and AIDS programmes in Southern Africa. She has also worked in private sector and international organisations, most recently heading up the PMNCH Secretariat, based at WHO. Robin recalls that over 30 years ago talking HIV meant talking sex, and women and sex was either a hot topic or ignored. Much has changed since then, but not enough for women, and some things have gone backward. That’s why  SheDecides  matters so much.

Robin’s work started with grassroots organising 30 years ago in the early days of the UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust. She went on to write one of the first books on Women and AIDS and her work then took her to Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. She set up DFID’s first HIV team, and then oversaw their health and AIDS programmes in Southern Africa. She has also worked in private sector and international organisations, most recently heading up the PMNCH Secretariat, based at WHO. Robin recalls that over 30 years ago talking HIV meant talking sex, and women and sex was either a hot topic or ignored. Much has changed since then, but not enough for women, and some things have gone backward. That’s why SheDecides matters so much.

Robin Gorna

Lead SheDecides Support Unit / robin@shedecides.com

 

 

 

 

Tania Mendes

Manager SheDecides Support Unit / tania@shedecides.com