Advisory Committee

Since its founding, FRIDA has relied on a global committee of advisors made up of young feminist activists from all over the world. The FRIDA Advisory Committee consists of advisors based in different regions of the world, who support the FRIDA Team in FRIDA fund’s overall development and operations. FRIDA Advisors play a leadership role in this initiative by providing advice and ideas, in particular linked to FRIDA’s grant making, capacity development for grantees, regional outreach and resource mobilization.

FRIDA Advisors are based in different parts of the world and provide us with their expertise about the region in which they are based or belong to. Over the past couple of years, FRIDA has relied on a bunch of talented and extremely inspiring bunch of feminist activists who have offered us their expertise in various ways. Read more about our amazing advisors, who form the larger FRIDA community.

Read more about our advisors!

Thematic Advisors
Middle East & North Africa region
Sub-Saharan Africa region

Asia & the Pacific region
Latin America & the Caribbean region
Central Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central and North Asia region

The Advisors Support Team

Carla Lopez is the current Executive Director of the Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres based in Nicaragua.  She is a young Nicaraguan feminist and a social worker with fourteen years of experience promoting and defending women and young people’s human rights in Central America. In this time, Carla’s work has centered around movement building and creating/strengthening alliances between grassroots and national organizations, local and national media and networks throughout the country. Carla is the coordinator of the first Latin-American Women’s Funds joint initiative to strengthen the lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement and an active member of the Consortium of Latin-American and Caribbean Women’s Funds – Conmujeres.  She is a member of the Editorial Advising Committee of “La Boletina” (the largest printed feminist magazine in the region, produced in Nicaragua by Puntos de Encuentro); and is an advisor for the  Global Fund for Women.

Cindy Clark is the Director of Programs at AWID, where she oversees AWID’s strategic initiatives. She was a lead researcher on AWID’s Where is the Money for Women’s Rights (WITM) initiative from its inception and was previously the Manager of the WITM and Building Feminist Movements and Organizations initiatives. Prior to joining AWID in 2007, she worked with Just Associates, a global community of justice activists, scholars and popular educators and with Women, Law and Development International. In the late 90s, Cindy lived in Chile, where she worked with PARTICIPA, an NGO dedicated to promoting participatory democracy. She is experienced as a trainer/facilitator, researcher, evaluator, and strategist, primarily on women’s rights advocacy and organizing. Cindy has an M.A. in Human and Organizational Development, specializing in the study of change and learning processes in organizations.

Lydia Alpízar Durán is AWID’s Executive Director (ED). She is a Costa Rican feminist activist who lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has been AWID’s ED since 2007, and was the manager of the Where is the Money for Women’s Rights and Building Feminist Movements and Organizations Strategic Initiatives of AWID from 2003-2006. Lydia is co-founder and advisor of ELIGE – Youth Network for Reproductive and Sexual Rights (Mexico), and co-founder of the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Reproductive and Sexual Rights. She is on the Board of Directors for the Global Fund for Women and the Central American Women’s Fund and is a member of the International Council on Human Rights Policy. She is also a graduate of the Human Rights Advocacy Training Program at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York. Lydia has extensive experience in advocacy and training on women’s human rights, particularly in sexual and reproductive rights and violence against women.

MariamMariam Gagoshashvili is a queer feminist activist from Tbilisi, Georgia who recently joined Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice as a Senior Program Officer. Throughout her formal professional life, she has spent years either working for or supporting various women’s funds, including Urgent Action Fund, in her current role as a board member, and FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund, as a member of the founding advisory committee. Three years ago Mariam moved to USA to lead Global Fund for Women’s work in Europe and Central Asia during which she has provided support to feminist and LGBTQI organizations throughout the region. Before relocating to the US, Mariam spent six years at Women’s Fund in Georgia, a local feminist foundation, overseeing its grantmaking and fundraising programs. As a grassroots activist, in 2011 she co-founded the Independent Group of Feminists, an autonomous collective run by young activists in Georgia, and has been an active member of the Georgian LGBTQI movement since 2006. Mariam holds Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Central European University, Hungary, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Amina Doherty is a young feminist ARTivist whose work focuses on feminist philanthropy and creative arts for advocacy. Amina actively supports several community-led media platforms across Africa and the Caribbean and brings to her activism a passion for music, art, travel, photography, fashion and poetry. She has facilitated several learning initiatives on women’s rights, youth development, resource mobilization and economic justice. Prior to her role as general coordinator and one of the founding members of FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, Amina worked in the women’s rights grant-making program at the Sigrid Rausing Trust in London and has also worked as a researcher and youth organizer at the Directorate of Gender Affairs in Antigua. She currently sits on the boards of Just Associates (JASS) and the Global Fund for Women. In 2012, Amina was recognised by singer Annie Lennox as a women’s rights champion for change. She holds a BA in Political Science & Women’s Studies from McGill University (Distinction) and an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics (LSE). Amina has lived and studied in Nigeria, Antigua, Canada and the UK. She currently lives and works from Kingston, Jamaica.

See our former founding advisors! (click here)