Neda Oldziey

Gender Equality & the Advancement of Women Officer / Washington, D.C.

As the Gender Equality and Advancement of Women Discourse Officer, Neda’s work encompasses the intersectionality of racial and gender inequality, gender and religious dynamics, men as allies in advancing gender equality, healthy masculinity, the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, and gender-based violence.

In 2017, Neda moved to the U.S. to continue her education after being arrested for her religious beliefs and activism in Yemen, where she is known for running a well-established reading campaign. This campaign raised reading rates in Yemeni schools, reached six thousand students, and built twenty public libraries in four cities. Additionally, Neda was invited to the World Economic Forum in 2011 on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the World to amplify global youth perspectives. Moreover, Neda served as the National Coordinator of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment program in Yemen for four years and taught at the first ESL institute in Yemen which was established in 1975. Her previous development and social action projects in Yemen were supported by the British Council, the U.S. State Department, and the American Embassy. Neda was selected as one of sixty Global Changemakers to attend and facilitate summits in the UK, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, India, and Lebanon. Neda holds an MA in International Relations and American Politics from the University of Delaware.

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