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Leila Hessini

Ipas / Global Fund for Women

Leila Hessini, originally from Algeria, is a global feminist leader and activist with over twenty years of advocacy, grant-making and organizing experience. She directs Ipas’s community engagement work and coleads its global stigma and discrimination project. She serves as Chair of the Global Fund for Women board and is a member of the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights and the Safe Abortion Action Fund boards. She is an Op Ed Project fellow. She is an advisor to the Urgent Action Fund, the Center for Women’s Leaderships’ 16th days of activism against gender-based violence and the International Museum of Women’s Muslim Women’s Art and Voices project. Leila has published widely on feminist organizing in North Africa and the Middle East, women’s reproductive rights and the impact of stigma and discrimination on women’s choices and rights. Her global experience is informed by extensive residency in Egypt, Morocco, France and the United States and engagement with women’s human rights advocates in over 40 countries.


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