Mariyahl is passionate about empowering women, girls, and youth to lead local processes of social change. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Gender, Culture and Society Studies, Mariyahl returned to her home country of Sri Lanka to work with the National Peace Council. During this time she was involved in advocacy on critical human rights issues during the escalation of active conflict, and developed several programs to support grassroots activism for peace and equality. She continued her focus on Sri Lanka while studying for her MA in Anthropology at Columbia University, doing her fieldwork among women whose husbands and children were killed during the last stages of war. It is this experience with forcibly displaced minority communities which drives her commitment to social justice today. As Sri Lanka moves into its post-war challenges, Mariyahl has worked with the UN, policy makers, and community based organizations to support survivors’ search for peace. Mariyahl has also worked in Jordan as Grant Proposal Specialist for Generations for Peace. Here, she developed proposals with youth experiencing conflict in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East so they can lead transformations in their own communities. She will continue to develop proposals at Global Fund for Women, and is excited to be a part of a global feminist movement for change.