Global Fund for Women Appoints Shalini Nataraj as Vice President of Programs

Former Associate Director of the Reebok Human Rights Award Program to Provide Grantmaking Leadership to Largest Funder Focusing on Women's Rights Internationally

SAN FRANCISCO – The Global Fund for Women announced today the appointment of Shalini Nataraj as the new Vice President of Programs, effective March 1, 2006.

Building on more than 20 years of human rights experience, Ms. Nataraj will oversee the Global Fund's grant portfolio of nearly 3,000 women's rights organizations in 162 countries. Following the completion of the Global Fund's $20 million dollar Investing in Women Campaign, the annual grantmaking budget under Ms. Nataraj's management now exceeds $7.5 million.

"We know that Shalini will bring both creativity and a strong commitment to human rights to this position," said Kavita N. Ramdas, President and CEO of the Global Fund. "This is a new era of grantmaking for the Global Fund with new challenges and opportunities, and I am certain that Shalini's extensive experience with progressive organizations and the corporate world will strengthen the impact and effectiveness of our grantmaking to women's rights groups worldwide."

Throughout Ms. Nataraj's career, she has shown an unwavering commitment to the advancement of human rights, and particularly women's rights as a means for progress of entire communities and nations. Ms. Nataraj comes to the Global Fund from the Reebok Human Rights Program, where she served as Associate Director of the Award Program honoring young activists who are promoting and protecting human rights domestically and internationally.

She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Grassroots International, and on the Steering Committee of the International Human Rights Funders Group, as well as the boards of Virtual Activism and Burma Border Projects. She is also on the advisory board of End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes-USA. Ms. Nataraj is a founding member of the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia and the Boston Coalition Against Trafficking and Slavery, and she continues to be actively involved with the Burma democracy movement.

Ms. Nataraj previously worked for several years with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), initially with the Africa and Asia programs, and later, as the Acting Director of International Programs. At UUSC, Ms. Nataraj worked on a range of women's rights issues, including the promotion of women's political rights in the Great Lakes region of Africa, the expansion of women's reproductive rights in Asia, and the trafficking of women and girls in South and Southeast Asia. Ms. Nataraj is also familiar with the challenges of poverty in the United States, having begun her social justice work in the US in the context of community development issues in rural Tennessee. Ms. Nataraj, who speaks French, Tamil and Hindi, was born in India.

About the Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women is the largest foundation in the world that focuses exclusively on advancing international women's rights. Grants made by the Global Fund expand the choices available to women and girls, securing their efforts to strengthen economic independence, increase access to education and prevent violence. Since 1987, the Global Fund has awarded over $47 million to seed, strengthen and link nearly 3,000 groups in 162 countries. In the past year, the net assets of the Global Fund have increased by 37%, and annual grantmaking has increased by 35%. More information is available in six languages at


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