Rowena Kosher (she/her) is a senior in the school of General Studies majoring in Human Rights with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Prior to Columbia, she worked in a public law firm focused on immigration and family law for victims of domestic violence. She has special interest in sociological theory regarding gender and sexuality. Her research explores these topics, most recently focusing on the experiences of trans and non-binary menstruators. She has also had extensive involvement in issues of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, tenant advocacy, and gender justice. She hopes to bring her activism, legal, and academic interests together in her future pursuits.
Nay Alhelou is a graduate student in the Human Rights Studies program at Columbia University. She holds a Diploma in Gender, a BA in Journalism, and a Minor in Psychology from the Lebanese American University. She is a Human Rights Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, working on menstrual health and human rights. In the past, she worked for the Natural Resource Governance Institute in New York while pursuing a MicroMasters in International Law from Université Catholique de Louvain, through edX. Prior to that, she worked in the Communications and Public Information Department at the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Lebanon for two years. She also wrote for several news outlets in Lebanon, covering social, political and mental health issues. At Columbia, her main research focuses on interpersonal violence and the right to mental health in Lebanon. She is also interested in public health, gender issues and the intersection of psychology and human rights. She believes in making a change, one article at a time.
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