The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) serves as the global coordinator of the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition and hosts the Programme Coordinator and Communications Officer.
Working closely with the Steering Committee, the Coordinator focuses on advocacy, communications, and administration of the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition.
Selamawit Tesfaye graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a fellow under the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) program and earned an LLM in International Legal Studies and a Human Rights Law Certificate. After earning her undergraduate degree in Ethiopia, she worked at the Federal First Instance Court as an Assistant Judge. Selam also served as a Project Officer at The African Child Policy Forum, an independent, advocacy organization established to put the rights and wellbeing of African children on the public and political agendas. She served as a Programme Officer at the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and Fida Uganda. Selam also worked as a Programme Officer for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the Democratic Institutions Programme (DIP) in Addis Ababa. More recently, she worked as an Advocacy Officer at The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), where she was actively involved in activities relating to the implementation of women, peace and security issues.
Joann Lee received a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with a double major in Political Science (International Relations) and East Asian Studies. She practiced law in California for several years, enforcing environmental regulatory compliance and children’s rights cases, prior to relocating to New York to work in the areas of international development and human rights. Her experience includes providing policy advice and drafting speeches and background papers for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Also, as a former Research Assistant with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), she strategized to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the local, national, and international levels and published several articles analyzing the ongoing developments on gender equality and women’s empowerment.