Visaka Dharmadasa

Visaka is the founder of Association of War Affected Women is a peace activist from Sri Lanka.In recognition of her work for peace, Visaka was nominated for a collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as part of the 1000 Peace Women Across the Globe and was awarded the prestigious Humanitarian Award in 2006 by Inter Action of Washington. She is a member of the South Asia Small Arms network, Women Waging Peace, and sits on the global advisory council of Women Thrive World Wide.She also work on disseminating the content of UN resolution 1325 on women peace and security, calling for the inclusion of women at all levels of peace building and decision making., She trains women to run to political office and also on power sharing. She was awarded the prestigious Humanitarian award for 2006 by the Inter Action of Washington DC an NGO consortium comprises of 160 non governmental organizations.  In coordination with the “1000 Peace women across the globe” movement, she was nominated for  a collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. She is a network member of Inclusive Security Women Waging Peace, and a member of the expert pool of Resolution to Act, as well of the global advisory council of Women thrive World Wide,  a member of Global Network of Women Peace builders and governing council  of National Peace Council of Sri Lanka. Visaka Dharmadasa holds a degree in negotiations and mediation skills from the United States Institute for Peace, Washington, and in women and security from Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Sanam Anderlini

sanamheadshot08Sanam is co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN). Between 2005-14, she was a Research Associate and Senior Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies. In 2011, she was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. For nearly two decades she has been a leading international advocate, researcher, trainer and writer on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. In 2000, she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Between 2002 and 2005, as Director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission, Ms. Anderlini led ground breaking field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention, security and peacemaking in 12 countries. Since 2005, she has also provided strategic guidance and training to key UN agencies, the UK government and NGOs worldwide, including leading a UNFPA/UNDP needs assessment into Maoist cantonment sites in Nepal. Between 2008 – 2010, Ms. Anderlini was Lead Consultant for a 10-country UNDP global initiative on “Gender, Community Security and Social Cohesion” with a focus on men’s experiences in crisis settings. She has served on the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), and was appointed to the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) on Resolution 1325, chaired by Mary Robinson in 2010. In 2013, she was appointed to the Working Group on Gender and Inclusion of the Sustainable Development Network for the post-2015 agenda.

Ms. Anderlini has published extensively on gender, peace and security issues, including Women building peace: What they do, why it matters (Lynne Rienner, 2007). She is the 2014 recipient of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area Perdita Huston Award for human rights. Anderlini currently serves on the Senior Advisory Council of World Learning and the Board of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). She holds an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. Iranian by birth, she is a UK citizen, and has twin daughters.

Danielle Goldberg

Danielle is a conflict resolution and education specialist at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and an education advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace. She has led capacity building workshops for Darfuri non-profit leaders, facilitated Turkish-Armenian track-two dialogue, worked to establish the Sudanese Diaspora coalition Voices for Sudan, and served as an Atlas Corps fellow in Colombia. Recently, she co-authored a university course on conflict and social harmony for Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Higher Education, which is now receiving interest from other conflict-affected countries. She holds an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.

Venura Parua

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Venura Parua joined AWAW in 2001 officially as a network administrator.  There after he continued to work for the organization in many capacities including Director Outreach and chief administrative officer. Later he was appointed as the liaison official to the Economic and Social Council of United Nations while he pursued his higher education in the United States. He who have seen the organization through many challenging times played different significant leading roles specially in the areas of office expansion and strategical decision making, Filling in gaps when the necessity arise.