Ashly Bloxon is a University of San Diego graduate student, University of California Riverside alumni, human rights activist and the founder of Voice For Human Rights. Ashly is a member of numerous forums and organizations advocating human rights and social justice including, World Pulse, CAAGLOP and Humanium. Ashly has researched and written several reports and articles and has spoken at a number of workshops on the issue of human rights. Most recently, Bloxon spoke on the issue of human rights and policing in a series of forums held this past May entitled Protest and Policing In the UC System and Beyond. The forums sought to discuss the issue of police brutality and explore alternative methods for conflict resolution and violence detterence that emphasized peaceful methods for dealing with violence through a system of community building. Along with serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Voice For Human Rights, Ashly is also currently writing for several other organizations. Ashly ultimately hopes to be able to help damaged and broken communities heal and create systems that foster positive relationships that promote human rights, peacebuilding and a sustainable self-sufficient environment.
Umari Ayim is a lawyer, award winning author, blogger and poet who is passionate about women activism. She grew up and is based in Nigeria. Umari is passionate about the using the internet as a means of pursuing one of the UN MDGs concerning women rights. She is a member of a Pan African group W30 (Women Under 30) that seeks to liberate the young African female from oppression and discrimination while celebrating those who have managed to accomplish laudable feats in their communities. Learn more about Umari onwww.umariayim.com.
Anna Malinovskaya is a student at Mount Holyoke College studying economics and public policy. Ana is also a Girls20 Summit Ambassador in Russia. Anna’s first experience with human rights issues was a volunteering position at the High Commissioner for Human Rights Office in Moscow where she translated into English reports about human rights abuses in Russia. It was a transformative experience for Anna that motivated her to look for a more fulfilling activity so that she could not just translate but research human rights violations and make them known to public. This ultimately lead Anna to become involved with the Voice for Human Rights.
Yossa Immaculate Daisy is from Uganda, East Africa. She is a Development worker by profession. Yosa juggles a range of occupations from teaching college students to consultancy work.Yossa is a founder of a local community based Organisation called Women for Progress (WOP), an organization that seeks to empower local women through capacity building, skills development, mentorship and building networks. Yossa has taught numerous classes and has facilitated several trainings and discussions on the issue of gender and development. Through World Pulse- another informative and educative social media, Yossa learned about Voice For Human Rights. “Being part of this team creates an avenue and forum through which human rights issues are highlighted as they occur in our respective communities in different parts of the world”—Yossa Immaculate Daisy.
Laura Golakeh is from Liberia. Laura is presently a reporter on women issues and is the Gender Cordinator at the Youth Crime Watch of Liberia, a youth oriented NGO. Since discovering Voice For Human Rights through an organization named World Pulse, Laura has continued to advocate on behalf on human rights. Her goal is to ensure that the world is a safe place for all and that we all will no longer have to refer to certain group of people as vulnerable. Laura envisions a world where every child is safe and educated and where women are empowered.
Muhammad Atif Yaqub is from Pakistan. He is a final year student of Electrical (computer system) Engineering in Comsats University Pakistan. Atif became involved with Voice For Human Rights after discovering it through an organization known as World Pulse. He seeks to advocate for human rights by doing research on the social issues around him and by highlighting these issues on a platform provided by Voice For Human Rights. Beside being an Electrical engineer, Atif is also a spiritual healer and a student of spiritual knowledge. He continues to help individuals in his community by providing them useful solutions and spiritual knowledge. Atif wishes to make a substantial contribution to society through advocacy work and to work towards creating a world of peace and harmony.
Tina Armstrong-Ogbonna is a passionate journalist and freelance writer. Tina first began her work under the tutelage of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria in 2009. She has since done work at several news agencies including the Nigerian Television Authority and Channels Television. Tina has also done work with Flourish Television as a field reporter and production assistant. In 2010, she joined Tenacle News Magazine as a freelance writer and metro reporter. Tina is currently a freelance writer for Federal Radio Corporation and CNN iReport as well as a contributor at Voice For Human Rights.
Jayan Nanyonga is from Uganda. Besides her work at Voice For Human Rights, Jayan is currently working as a volunteer coordinator with Empower A Child, a non-profit Christian organization based in East Africa. The organization focuses on the humanitarian crisis in Uganda and Kenya by community outreach ministry by re-building communities and guiding today’s youth. Jayan seeks to Empower children socially, spiritually. Working with the organization has had a tremendous impact on Jayan, “It has really opened my eyes as an individual and I must say I have seen ALOT that goes on around the world amongst people and more so women that is un- noticed.” It is from this background that she developed an interest in advocating for women who are voiceless. Jayan is determined to embark on this mission to see to it that such atrocities are exposed to the world!
Urmila Chanam hails from a small state in the north-eastern extreme of India named Manipur. Like Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur has been wrought with militancy since the time she remembers. Born to an army officer Urmila’s childhood was spent travelling throughout her country. Living and interracting with different communities Urmila realised the problem of poverty. With the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) and UNICEF joint project in the north -east India, Urmila worked to train local women groups to become independent economic resources in their community. These formative years led her to later become a community development journalist in an international organization, World Pulse and as a contributor in Voices for Human Rights. Today she is a passionate journalist, a columnist in a leading English daily in India and an aspiring novelist. ” I am enticed to journalism constantly for the pure love of writing but at the same time, I know I am more needed here in the field of social development.I want to do so much more!!” Urmila is passionate about rights of transgenders/eunuchs, domestic violence, woman and child trafficking issues, child rights and education of the marginalized.
Syed Muhammad Modassar Shahid is from Pakistan. Shahid is 21 years old and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Karachi. He has an interest in literature, the arts, law, languages, but above all, humanity. Shahid is presently a member of World Youth Alliance as well as Chapter Committee Member : International Youth Council , Member Youth Parliament of Pakistan, Board Member: Vote World Parliament, a correspondent for Voice for Human Rights and active in numerous other organizations. Shahid began working at Voice For Human Rights because he sought to join a coalition that was truly functioning to help others. Shahid’s main political goal is equality, liberty and democracy. In his work he seeks to further the principle that there is just rule of law, and no man or woman need suffer especially under the conditions of financial deprivation. His future ambition is to become a barrister at law.