Binaifer Nowrojee

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Binaifer Nowrojee heads the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA). Prior to joining OSIEA, she worked for 11 years as legal counsel with the Women's Rights and Africa Divisions of Human Rights Watch. Before that, she served as a staff attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights." [1]

Binaifer held "the first joint fellowship at both the Carr Center and the Boston Consortium for Gender, Peace, Security and Human Rights – a group of five leading academic centers and programs dedicated to research and study on issues regarding gender, conflict resolution and prevention. A distinguished human rights advocate, Nowrojee joins the Center to examine how international tribunals can better achieve justice for Rwandan rape survivors. After graduating from Columbia Law School, Nowrojee worked for numerous human rights organizations, including the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Swedish NGO Foundation for Human Rights, and the Women’s Rights Project before joining the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, where she is now counsel. Nowrojee is the author of scores of articles and books on human rights and women, including “Shattered Lives: Sexual Violence during the Rwandan Genocide and its Aftermath” (Human Rights Watch, 1996). Originally from Kenya, Nowrojee is no stranger to Harvard, where she earned an LLM.“ [1]


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  1. Board, Urgent Action Fund-Africa, accessed November 27, 2011.
  2. Faculty and Staff, Human Rights Program, accessed October 9, 2007.