Women’s Leadership and Gender Specialist
Naima Chowdhury is an expert in the area of Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership, having 15 years of solid experience in Asia, Africa and North America. She joined Coady Institute as Women’s Leadership and Gender Specialist in August 2016. Naima has worked as Gender Equality Advisor for Global Affairs Canada, GAC (former CIDA), as well as reputed international organizations and donor agencies such as Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Plan Canada, ActionAid, CARE International, DANIDA and SwissContact.
Prior to joining Coady, Naima’s more recent work included policy and programming on gender equality and women’s leadership towards a gender responsive Health System in Central Asia, particularly in conflict-affected countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic. She provided solid analysis, training and strategic directions to the governments and platforms of health professionals, NGOs and communities to uphold gender equality as a core of community and international development. For Aga Khan University and relevant institutions, she developed gender sensitive health curriculum for the health professionals in Central Asia.
Naima is a seasoned practitioner in bridging gaps between policy and practice. Among other areas, she has worked intensively in economic and political empowerment, gender and climate change, food security, market development and poverty eradication. She greatly contributed to the strategy of GAC programs as Health, Education and Sustainable Economic Growth (SEG). Her analysis brought great changes with regard to the empowerment and leadership of women and the marginalized community, social groups, people with disabilities and HIV / AIDS, transgender and ethnic minorities. She has also worked extensively on gender-sensitive disaster and emergency responses and brought forward critical issues of violence against women, girls and persons in South and Central Asia. Naima has also provided extensive training and expertise on gender and HIV in South Africa and worked in the field in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Naima is a strong social activist for women’s rights. She completed a Masters in Geography and Environment from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and has also studied Business Administration. She also recently completed an Executive Program in International Development at McGill University, Canada.