Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she was Co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She served on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Bar Foundation from 1979-1989, on the Board of Editors of the American Bar Association Journal from 1972-1978, and on the Council of the American Law Institute from 1978-1993. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat August 10, 1993.
Erin Burnett anchors “Erin Burnett OutFront”, a nightly news program airing weeknights at 7 PM ET on CNN. Most recently, Erin covered the release of American POW Bowe Bergdahl from Doha, Qatar. She also covered the Iranian Presidential elections from Tehran and hosted CNN’s documentary “The Truth About Benghazi.” Outfront has broadcast live from across the United States and around the world, including Afghanistan, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the border of Northern Mali. In her broadcast from a Malian refugee camp, Erin reported on the rise of Al Qaeda linked groups in North Africa and the human toll of occupation. She also reported on terror financing from the Gulf. Erin joined CNN from the NBC News family where she covered the Egyptian Revolution, the Nigerian underwear bomber and received an Emmy nomination for an investigative report on American chemical giant Transammonia’s business with Iran.
Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations, where he was president from 1993 to 2012. Before that, he served as executive director of Human Rights Watch, which he co-founded in 1978. He worked 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. He served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years, and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Siena (Italy). Since 2012, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po. He has lectured at many leading universities in the United States and worldwide. He is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and numerous awards from such organizations as the American Bar Association, the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Françoise Girard is President of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC). She is a longtime advocate and expert on women’s health, human rights, sexuality, and HIV and AIDS. Prior to IWHC, she concluded a six-year tenure as Director of the Public Health Program at the Open Society Foundations, where she was also Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and Haiti in the 1990s. From 1999 to 2003, she was Senior Program Officer for International Policy at IWHC, and thereafter a consultant for IWHC, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and DAWN, a network of women’s rights activists from the global South. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, and as a member of the advisory board of the journal Q/C/Q (Population Council). Girard holds an M.A. in Political Science from McGill University and an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal. She was a law clerk to Justice Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Fadekemi Akinfaderin is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Education as a Vaccine (EVA), one of Nigeria’s leading nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and young people. Through peer outreach and a 24-hour telephone and email hotline, EVA has reached more than 700,000 young Nigerians. At the policy level, EVA works with lawmakers to ensure that young people’s health and rights are included in national health legislation. Fadekemi currently serves on the Nigerian Minister of Health’s Technical Advisory Committee on Adolescent and Young People’s Health and Development and on a technical working group of the National Agency for Control of AIDS. Previously, she served as an assistant to Secretary General Kofi Anan’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa. She received Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Sheena Hadi is Director of Aahung, a nonprofit organization that promotes the health and rights of women, men, and children across Pakistan. Before becoming Director in 2008, Sheena led the organization’s Life Skills Component, which develops sexuality and life-skills education tools for young people and trains teachers to implement a reproductive health program for students. Aahung’s “Life-Skills Based Education” curriculum has been implemented in more than 220 public and private schools in Sindh Province, and will soon be scaled up nationally. In 2001, Sheena completed her Bachelor’s in Biology from Amherst College, Massachusetts, and later earned a Master’s of Education in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University. Prior to joining Aahung in 2003, Sheena taught science in a private school in New York City at the primary and secondary school level. In 2009, she completed her certification in Humanistic Integrative Counseling in association with Therapy Works, Pakistan and CPPD Counselling College, UK.
Yvette Kathurima is Head of Advocacy at FEMNET, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Before joining FEMNET, Yvette worked as a Project Officer for the International Planned Parenthood Federation—Africa Region, where she coordinated the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She has been at the forefront of advocating for African women’s issues, especially in regard to the development of new sustainable development goals at the regional and international levels. She is passionate about the promotion of social justice and development and for the past seven years has worked in organizations committed to improving the lives of the poor and marginalized. She holds a Master’s in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands, and an Undergraduate Degree in International Relations (Hons) from the United States International University in Nairobi.