Who We Are
Emergent Equity Collective members come from a wide range of professional disciplines, lived experiences and geographic regions. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of the Collective as it continues to develop.
Based in Toronto Canada, Sidney Coles is the founder of the Emergent Equity Collective. She is a gender equity and monitoring and evaluation specialist. She has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in the Democratic Republic of Congo and on multiple Global Affairs Canada funded projects as a gender advisor in Colombia, Ethiopia, Bénin and Mongolia. Her goal is to create a global network of women who are working at the intersections of environmental and climate justice, education, human rights, migrant justice, and gender equality.
Sarah El Gharib
Sarah is the EEC's Media Coordinator and is currently based in France. She is a bilingual writer and editor at Global Citizen. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva and the University of Toronto. With expertise in non-profit communications and advocacy, she’s worked with multiple rights-based organizations in France, Switzerland, the US and Canada. She also has extensive research experience in areas related to gender equality, intersectionality, post-colonialism and anti-racism
Adriana brings 15+ years of diverse experience as a workplace human rights and employment lawyer, trainer and facilitator in gender, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and organizational well-being. She has vast experience working nationally and internationally with the United Nations, universities as well as the non-profit and private sector. Adriana leverages her well-rounded background to support organizations to create more equitable and inclusive work environments through training, policy/strategy development and strategic coaching. Prior to consulting, Adriana spent specialized in workplace discrimination and sexual harassment as a human rights lawyer
Adriana previously held the position of Director, Organizational Wellness at Homewood Heath, developing workplace solutions in areas including gender diversity, sexual harassment, and workplace mental health. In addition, she worked with Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education, leading development and implementation of a new gender equality action plan. She has partnered withthe McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management to train emerging leaders on building cultures of inclusion and respect.
She holds a Civil and Common Law degree from McGill University, a B.A. in International Development from Dalhousie University, a Master’s Certificate in Adult Training & Development from York University's Schulich School of Business. She is a Certified Training Practitioner (CTP) with the Institute for Performance & Learning.
Amina a is currently based in Mauritania. She is a gender specialist and holds a PhD in Sociology from Laval University. She has over eleven years of experience working at national, regional and pan African levels. As the Regional Gender Advisor for G5 Sahel, she oversees projects on protecting women’s rights, leadership and economic empowerment in the Sahel Region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). She specializes in policy analysis, social research, project management, strategic planning, capacity building, knowledge management, resource and partnership mobilization and gender mainstreaming.
Anika Tasnim Hossain
Currently, based in Waterloo, Anika Tasnim Hossain is in her last term of the Master of Development Practice (MDP) at the University of Waterloo and has completed her bachelor’s from BRAC University, Bangladesh. She has worked as a facilitator and translator of various studies with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The projects generally explored intra-household gender dynamics affect women’s articulation of demand for and adoption of mechanization in Bangladesh. This portrayed the requirement of interdisciplinary knowledge that is needed to investigate gender and women empowerment within agriculture. Through research and on-field experience, Anika has experience on gender, women empowerment, and rural and agricultural development while adhering to various sustainability forms. Other projects that she was part of included working on several promising approaches for making agricultural machinery markets more inclusive of women as both entrepreneurs and renters of the machine. She is fluent and worked professionally in English and Bengali.
Anjum is based in Canada and was recently named the 2020 Global Woman of Distinction by the United Nations NGO Committee on the Status of Women. She is an internationally-recognized advocate for progressive public policies to create a more just and equitable society.She currently serves as the National Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada, the nation's oldest and largest women's serving organization. She is the First Author on Canada’s First Feminist Recovery Plan, the first nationally-focused report of its kind in the world.
Anjum holds a Masters of Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is also the founder of Millennial Womxn in Policy, a grassroots organization and community of practice that connects more than 3,000 young women and non-binary people working in policy across North America and Europe in civil society, politics, private sector and public service.
Annie Kashamura Zawadi
Annie Kashamura Zawadi is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a Survivor of domestic violence, a Gender-Based Violence and Gender Equality Specialist, a Women’s Rights advocate, a writer, a speaker, a coach, and an international panelist. Annie brings 10 years of executive management and 10 years in international Development. She has worked in the DR Congo, Ghana, Togo, Canada, France, Tanzania and eSwatini developing, monitoring, and evaluating multi-sectorial and multi-countries partnerships and programs and supervising international volunteers for Women’s Rights NGOs and ministries. Currently she is the Director of Invictus Equality and Chair of IGDD Congo www.igddcongo.org. Annie holds a Specialist Degree in Gender & Women’s Studies and a degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto plus a diploma in Adult Education and Training from Seneca College and a Conflict Resolution and Mediation from York University. Her thesis on violence against women vs. capitalism in the war against the Congo won the best paper on women’s issues in the Global South award and is taught in the Gender and Neo-liberalism course at the University of Toronto. Ms. Kashamura uses her writing and public speaking engagements to reach out to the general public and policy makers and for the ultimately a shift in mindset towards a world free of all forms of inequalitiesdiscrimination and violence. Her books “I Can Testify” ( ) and “Je Peux Témoigner” are used as counselling tool in different countries. Her work has been recognized by different Awards including the Ontario Women Leaders Building Communities and the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.
Chanel has over 15 years of experience in building the organizational capacity of non-profit organizations across Canada. As the former Director of Economic Development Programs at the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF), she successfully led CWF’s poverty reduction work, which consisted of national multi-year granting strategies that supported women’s financial equality and independence through entrepreneurship, social enterprise, employment training and access to trades and technology pre-apprenticeships. Chanel has a strong understanding of poverty reduction initiatives, gender-based intersectional analysis and effective practices related to inclusion and participatory processes with diverse groups.
Chanel was pivotal to the establishment of a new national leadership institute for emerging women leaders in the charitable sector. The Institute was focused on the leadership capacity of emerging women leaders across Canada. As an integral part of the team that launched this program, Chanel provided oversight on participant selection, program design, distance learning, mentoring and coaching, approval of action-oriented grants to participants, ongoing evaluation and the development of an alumni strategy.
Hodan works at the intersection of research and policy development. An experienced policy analyst and qualitative researcher with a broad background in population health, medical anthropology, communications, and video production. My work encompasses policy, research, and community development. As a policy analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada, she conducted the analysis of various public health issues and policies using gender/equity/intersectionality lenses to support policy development (e.g., suicide prevention, healthy weights). She was also responsible for engaging with national Indigenous organizations to strengthen evidence on the social determinants of Indigenous health (current role) and led the knowledge translation for a pan-Canadian initiative on health inequalities.
Currently, Hodan is Research Coordinator and Interdisciplinary Research Team Lead on a SSHRC-funded multidisciplinary mixed methods research project between the University of Ottawa, University of Jigjiga and a local NGO in the Somali Regional State in Ethiopia to study the impact of a model international development project—Denan Project—in a remote town on local communities.
Margaux (she/her) is a Gender and Climate Specialist with international and intergovernmental experience delivering inclusive and sustainable development results. She has diverse experience in conducting research and analysis on the linkages between gender and environment to identify gaps and technical needs, and to inform priority gender mainstreaming actions in climate and natural resource management initiatives. She has multiple years of experience facilitating stakeholder engagement and capacity building at all levels for inclusive and comprehensive consultation, and to support uptake and ownership of gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and social inclusion elements across sectors. She provides a systems-thinking and intersectional approach, recognizing the importance of context and catalyzing socio-economic issues, such as labor, youth empowerment, indigenous engagement, and livelihoods opportunities critical to sustainable climate and societal outcomes
Misha Goforth is currently a graduate research fellow in the Masters of International Public Policy program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and holds a Bachelor's of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. For the past 3 years, she has been working in Mongolia with the Mongolian government on improving gender equality in the environment and extractive sectors with a focus on capacity building, organizational gender audits, gender-sensitive policy creation and gender-responsive budgeting. Misha also has considerable experience working with multiple GAC and USAID-funded development projects in Mongolia as well as civil society organizations in Mongolia, Canada and Kenya.
Molly (she/her) is a public policy and gender equity researcher based in Canada with experience working on SOGIE-related issues with not-for-profit organizations and in government administration. She has supported projects in Canada and South Africa related to women's economic security, gender-based violence, transgender and gender-independent health care, and foreign qualifications recognition. At present she is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Government of Ontario collaborating on First Nations, Inuit and Métis-led violence prevention initiatives, and is completing her Masters of Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University.
Molly is a gender and environmental policy specialist with six years of international experience supporting the development of gender-responsive environmental and climate change policies and programmes. Molly has specialized experience in measuring the gender and environment nexus through indicator development, data collection, analysis, and knowledge product development and dissemination. As the manager of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Environment and Gender Information (EGI) platform, Molly led data collection and analysis projects, including knowledge product development, with partners across environmental and development spheres.
In partnership with UN Environment, and in close coordination with IUCN and UN Environment regional and country offices and national government officials, Molly managed a project on measuring the gender-environment nexus at the national level, including within the SDG framework. This project included capacity building and knowledge sharing workshops with government officials and other stakeholders in Lao PDR, Kenya, and Mexico in 2018. Molly co- facilitated an additional workshop and developed an accompanying case study on this topic in Jordan in 2020. This experience is valuable for conducting a review of relevant frameworks, including the SDG framework and indicators, because Molly has familiarity with SDG data and knowledge hubs, including Voluntary National Reviews, as well as experience with SDG processes, including with custodian agencies, the Inter-Agency Expert Group on Gender Statistics, and with national and regional efforts to enhance measuring the environment-gender nexus within SDGs.
Rasha is a policy research professional with over nine years of experience in the non-profit sector and the international affairs industry. Skilled in socio-economic research, information management, project management, inter-governmental events management, writing and communication. MPhil Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, and Bachelor in Business Administration. She was the Research and Program Coordinator at United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia involved administration, financial operations, research and management in human development projects. She co-founded the Lebanese Reader Society and has led media outreach campaigns for the UN Information Centre in Beirut, Lebanon.
From the front line to the C-suite, Sarah Neville helps organizations in virtually every sector - from small non-profits to Fortune 500 companies - to connect, inspire and build inclusive cultures.
A sought-after speaker at conferences and events across North America, Sarah shares her deep knowledge of business communication with expertise in diversity and inclusion, with a focus on the role of communication in building respectful, inclusive and equitable workplaces. She combines current research with irreverent humour to create an engaging and experiential and approach to learning. Open Line helps take Equity and Inclusion initiatives from theory and awareness - into action and behaviour change.
Founding partner and Director of Open Line, Sarah has an M.Ed in Adult Learning from OISE and a background as a professional actor. Sarah is an instructor at the Rotman School of Business Initiative for Women in Business, and Intercultural Skills Lab, and a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen and the Huffington Post.
Usma is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ministry Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Status of Women and Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and previously, a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of the Status of Women.
Prior to her government role, she was Project Manager at the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. Usma holds a Master of Science, International Relations from the London School of Economics National and was a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics-Public Policy at McMaster University. Ethnic Conflict Regulation, Nationalism, Political Violence and Terrorism, and Politics of the Muslim-Majority World.