Supriti Dhar is an ambitious and passionate journalist with great communication skills, who has been striving to make a difference. She has worked for more than 20 years with various media houses including BBC Radio Services. A dedicated human rights activist, Supriti's areas of interest are, ensuring the rights of women, refugees, religious minorities, and indigenous communities. She has founded the online portal Women Chapter in 2013 with the goal of giving the women of Bangladesh an online platform to express their views on topics related to equality and feminism which were until then considered taboo in contemporary Bangladeshi society and over the years the portal has developed an English section that now includes writings from women from all over the world. Supriti has also played a significant role in combatting the draconian Bangladeshi law called the Digital Security Act which resists the Freedom of Expression of freethinkers, dissidents, artists, and others and as a result of which has had to choose a life in exile. She has recently published a memoir of her days in the former Soviet Union. Fluent in native Bangla, English, Russian and Now learning Swedish language, Supriti includes travelling, meeting people, and knowing other cultures among her most favourite hobbies. Supriti is currently working with SAC (Swedish Art Council) as a freelance Consulting Expert. In her personal life, she is a single mother with two children and a cat and dog lover.
Camilla Carlsson is the CEO for Coompanion Cooperative Development Agency Östergötand. Within the organization, she has also worked as an adviser and project leader since 2002. The projects run by Coompanion Östergötland focus on employment, integration of young people and work-integration as well as social enterprises. As a project leader and CEO for Coompanion Östergötland, she has worked on several EU projects, granted by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth as well as the Swedish ESF Council. Working together with public and local authorities is a large part of Camilla’s assignment. She also works a lot in cooperation with the international networks and in the field of social economics. Camilla is an experienced educator and has great experience working with people from different backgrounds, for example, people with disabilities, immigrants, people from segregated areas and people who have been unemployed for a long time. She has been involved in and worked together with several non-profit organisations, for example as the president for the Social Economy development partnership in Östergötland and the president for the micro-fund for the social economy. Camilla is a founding Director of Women Chapter International.
Wiola Rebecka possesses in-depth knowledge of cultural anthropology and psychology of people as a contemporary psychoanalyst, within the context of their respective cultures. Her research and focuses on the theories of cultural and psychoanalytic development in many regions all over the world. She is interested in understanding different societies and people, using available psychological tools. Her area of interest is related to sexual abuse and its trauma-related consequences. She is a credential psychoanalyst IPA, alumna member of Women’s Therapy Center Institute NYC. Author of the Project Rape: A History of Shame. She is a therapist with over 23 years of clinical experience working with trauma, PTSD, War Rape Survivors Syndrome, and Transgenerational Trauma. Current Project Rape: A History of Shame is her dedication to understanding the consequences of rape/war/trauma. Her family is her most significant influence and inspiration with their history of the Holocaust and her work on the field with the war rape survivors. Her variety of experiences working with people are being utilized for the creative development of humanitarian organizations, workshops, classrooms, and non-profit organizations. Knowledge of foreign languages allows her to understand people and their cultural backgrounds – She speaks English, Polish, Russian, Swahili, and French.
About 22 years experience of working with National and International NGOs strengthened her professional competencies. Have gathered an expertise in the areas of- Gender and development, Women economic & social Empowerment, Climate Change and women livelihood, Reproductive health, Policy Advocacy, training, research, development of IEC / BCC/ learning materials, project management, networking, partnership, leadership development and capacity building. Exposed to a wide range of development discourse including gender, reproductive health, climate change, policy advocacy, governance, and social accountability with a human right based approach. Served prominent national development organizations such as- BRAC, PROSHIKA and PRIP Trust. During the tenure, worked with a range of national and international organizations like- JOHN HOPKINS University, IPPF, UNDP-CHTDF, project of Asian Development Bank, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, South Asia Region (ANSA-SAR) Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) TDH, Netherland, Nari Pakkha and different Government Ministries. Over the years, she has been conducting participatory experiential and capacity building workshop, training for professionals and entrepreneurs at national and international levels. Also participated various international conference like ICPD 25 + in Kenya 2019, Human right convention at Geneva 2015, International Family Planning Conference in Rwanda etc. Besides, she is a social scientist by education. Also accomplished master’s on Sociology from Dhaka University. Later accomplished another master’s in development studies (major in gender and policy) from Bath University, UK.
Previously a filmmaker, Fredrik Elg now specializes in issues concerning democracy, inclusion and freedom of speech, specifically in the arts. He has worked with ICORN cities of refuge for the Swedish Arts Council, Malmö City and partnered with several global organizations working with democracy and artistic freedom. Fredrik has conceptualized and launched the Safe Haven network for creative professionals under threat. He is one of the founders of the non-profit organization Safe Havens Freedom Talks (SH|FT). He has studied arts, journalism and social studies at Lund University, Malmö University and at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He spearheaded the feasibility study for a new Swedish National Museum for Democracy and Migration in Malmö 2016, whereafter he co-managed the launching of the Museum of Movements (MoM) in Sweden – the result of the feasibility study. He is presently active as a strategic developer for democracy and human rights for the Malmö City Libraries. He is also commissioned to develop an institute for oral storytelling for UNESCO-accredited Land of Legends in Småland, Sweden. He is an active member of PEN Sweden/Malmö, a board member of Swedish ICOM and is proud to have recently been appointed a board member of Women Chapter International (WCI).