Anika Rahman Non-profit Leader: Advocate for Human Rights and Sustainable Economic Development

Anika Rahman is a lawyer with a distinguished career in human rights, women's rights, social justice and sustainable economic development. She has served as a leader in several well respected non-profits. She is a prominent advocate for the advancement of marginalized and vulnerable communities worldwide and stands firm in her conviction that our common humanity demands respect for the human rights of all, particularly women. Most recently, Rahman was the Vice President of Development at the Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Previously, she was President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the leading U.S. social justice foundation for women. Rahman was also President of Friends for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the world's largest funder of reproductive and sexual health programs. During her tenure at the helm of Friends of UNFPA, she was part of the campaign to have UNFPA funding restored by President Obama. Rahman was instrumental in raising awareness of the global fight for the rights and health of women and girls as well as America's critical role in this movement. Rahman was the Founding Director of the International Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she created a legal framework for reproductive rights as human rights and helped women around the world fight for equality and health. As the visionary behind the Center's global and U.S. foreign policy work, she developed the Center into the foremost legal organization in the world on international women's reproductive rights and health. Earlier in her career, Rahman practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Rahman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received Women's eNews "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" Award and the Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility from Columbia Law School. Her articles have been published in major academic and legal journals and media outlets. She is also the co-author of "Female Genital Mutilation: A Practical Guide to Worldwide Laws and Policies," (St. Martin's Press). Rahman earned her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. She currently lives in New York City.

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