Supriya Pillai

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Supriya Pillai "is the Program Officer for Asia at the International Women's Health Coalition. She has experience in gender, health, and international development, working in complex and challenging political environments with diverse partners.

"Through her work at IWHC, Ms. Pillai works with local partners in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey to both provide necessary funds as well as technical assistance to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.

"Prior to working with IWHC, Ms. Pillai worked with the social marketing organization Population Services International (PSI) and in Cambodia she led the introduction of several new products, including a female condom, emergency contraception, and a new male condom marketed to women in trusting relationships. Ms. Pillai has also worked and lived in West and Central Africa, for PSI, and earlier for Opportunities Industrialization Centers International in Guinea working in microfinance.

"She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Washington University, St. Louis, and a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University. She speaks French fluently, is conversational in Malayalam and Khmer and familiar with Hindi. She is a board member of the feminist and activist Third Wave Foundation as well as the progressive think tank, Political Research Associates." [1]

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  1. Supriya Pillai, Third Wave Foundation, accessed August 20, 2007.