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Activists. Community Workers. Healthcare Providers. Researchers. Advocates. Donors. People who need abortions. Journalists. Grassroot collectives. Currently, inroads members represent over 2000 organizations and individuals across more than 110 countries committed to dismantling abortion stigma to build a happier, healthier, and more just world.
Regularly inroads members are creating new interventions, centering stigma-busting in decision-making meetings & gatherings, sharing their work and learning from other inroads members, implementing inroads Partnership Fund-supported projects, leading spaces for SRHR collective work, connecting and collaborating on the inroads Collaboration Workspace
With every new event and stigma intervention, new members join and start making inroads on stigma in vital and vibrant ways
The network staff convene the network activities and support members to make inroads on abortion stigma. Working from remote offices across the globe, the staff travel globally and collaborate remotely to engage with inroads’ diverse and dispersed membership.
Aditi facilitates and deepens the power of member-led learning spaces, co-creates critical documentation and strategic sharing of abortion stigma-busting practices and co-designs the processes for community resourcing and participatory funding at inroads. She is based in India, between Bombay and Dharamshala, and communicates fluently in English, Hindi and Spanish. Through their own abortion experiences, acknowledging their priveleged caste location, they are motivated to fight for reproductive justice for all, especially undoing the stigma faced by the most marginalized.
Their work stems from a journey of learning/unlearning as well as a keen interest in popular education and pedagogy, narrative practices and transformation, participatory facilitation of collective and creative processes. She weaves in a cross-movements perspective from her other experience with groups focussed on collective feminist organizing, knowledge-sharing and documentation processes around issues of food sovereignty and forest rights.
They are a huge fan of baking cakes for friends, reading and book-shelf admiring, sleeping in late, sun-set and moon gazing, long walks and dancing to cumbia, afro and son-jarocho loud music!
Amanda is the inroads Member Capacity and Accompaniment Manager. She walks alongside inroads members in their stigma-busting journeys – this can be through gatherings, grantmaking, programming, and more – and manages opportunities for membership needs through programmatic collaboration and capacity strengthening.
Her background as hotline and research coordinator for the Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM), where she continues to actively volunteer, and training as a birth doula lay the foundation for her belief in a world where reproductive justice is accessible to all.
Amanda holds an MSc in reproductive and sexual health research and a BA in English literature and creative writing. Often in the pursuit of all things sweet, sour, and spicy in her home city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Amanda communicates fluently in English, Mandarin, and Malay.
Christine is the Finance and Budget Manger at inroads. She has extensive knowledge in finance management, budgets and works with external accounting company to ensure that key financial reports are accurately and timely filed. She compiles accurate program and proposal budgets, oversees spending and ensures that all expenditures are appropriately. Christine is passionate to ensure adolescent girls and young women have access to information on sexual reproductive health rights while referring them to relevant service providers. Before joining inroads, she had worked with WISE Kenya, GIZ and ActionAid International Kenya as a finance lead. Christine comes from Kenya and speaks in English, Swahili and Kamba.
Kati LeTourneau manages the day-to-day operations of inroads, overseeing the systems that support the staff who build inroads' programs, and the systems that inroads members use to communicate and participate in those programs. Kati designs and implements policies and processes to further the strategic goals of this global, stigma-busting network, with careful attention to how those processes align with inroads' core values. She is also responsible for the research and evaluation components of inroads, which includes both evaluating the impact of the different network activities (have you ever completed a survey after a gathering or a webinar? She synthesizes these responses and uses your input to plan for future activities), and sifting through the research about what works to reduce stigma as it emerges.
Prior to inroads, Kati provided training and technical assistance to abortion-providing clinics for Planned Parenthood when medical abortion was being rolled out across the United States. She has also worked on evaluation and training for research and program delivery on adolescent and reproductive health. When she's not making inroads, you might find her sailing, camping with her family, gardening, or lifting heavy weights for fun.
Katie Gillum sets the vision and agenda for this vibrant global network. She relies and focuses on the needs and expertise of network members and the Steering Committee to ensure the network vision and agenda is relevant to members and practically useful for ending the stigma and discrimination associated with abortion. When planning activities and processes, Katie works with the team to remain grounded in the purpose of this network and making sure our processes are aligned with the network values. She is responsible for strategic program management and providing key oversight and design strategy for inroads systems, programs, processes and tools. Katie leads inroads external partnerships, including donor relationships and inroads’ presence at conferences and events, and authors opinions and editorials for publications.
She came to the role after serving as Campaign Co-Convenor for the Abortion Rights Campaign in Ireland. Katie ran research and strategy at Mule Design Studio; was Managing Director of Disposable Film Festival; and has led media and arts engagement initiatives producing advocacy films and content including an award-winning film addressing abortion stigma.
Maria is the inroads Member Resourcing and Convening Coordinator Based in Bogotá, Colombia.
Her work is to coordinate and support various processes so that inroads members have access to information, skill and knowledge sharing projects as well as grant programs.
She has worked within feminist and LGTBQI+ grassroots collectives like Las Parceras and Cuerpxs en Resistencia. She is a passionate believer in the power of community-based work and research to actually build sustainable change.
When she is not working at inroads, you can find her taking classes and learning something new because that is what drives her through life. You can also find her reading novels or spending time with her family and friends. She communicates in Spanish, English, French as well as German.
Mariana is the Communications Manager at inroads.
She is a firm believer in the power of communication to shift the conversation and enact positive cultural change. She is passionate about intersectional women’s rights, reproductive justice, and achieving legal, accessible, and stigma-free abortion globally.
In 2016 she founded Onda Feminista, a Spanish-speaking feminist media platform dedicated to fostering gender equality in Latin America that reaches more than 60.000 yearly readers. In the past ten years, she split her time between a full-time remote corporate job in the market research industry and management and communications work for Onda Feminista, the Latin American Women’s Right Service (LAWRS), and the local executive board of AIESEC in Venezuela. Originally from Venezuela, she is now primarily based in the United Kingdom.
Tabi is the inroads full stack developer based out of Vermont, USA. Tabi started her journey with inroads as an independent Data Scientist working on the Sentiment Gatherer project. Tabi’s work with inroads is a crossing of many paths. As a member of the board for Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom, Tabi works within her local community to make sure that abortion access is available to all. Prior to inroads Tabi worked as a Data Scientist and Music Psychologist. Her research focused on individual differences in music listening, music and personality, music’s effect on behaviour, and music and health - specifically sleep. Tabi spends her time enjoying all the nature Vermont has to offer: climbing, biking, swimming, hiking or snowboarding, spending time with her community, travelling or making music with friends.
Zanda is the Operations and Community Culture Coordinator at inroads. She works closely with the Executive Director and Director of Operations and Research to keep the growing inroads team resourced, informed, connected, and moving toward a world without abortion stigma. Her logistics and coordination experience comes from her time spent serving Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) as the Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean and Americas, and various roles as a Women Deliver Young Leader Alumni. Her feminist organizing has mainly focused on denouncing victim blaming post abuse, reducing systemic inequalities, improving access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, and decolonizing feminist movements. She also loves food science and serves as an advisor to the FREE STEM Fund. When she is not working at inroads, you can find her immersing herself in different cultures, dancing to their music and savoring the food. Or, you can find her where the water is- by the beach, river or waterfalls.
Melissa Madera, PhD wears a lot of hats in the abortion world. Originally from Washington Heights, New York, Melissa is a queer, first generation Dominican-American, and the founder and Jill of all trades at The Abortion Diary (the only audio archive of abortion stories). Her own abortion experience as a teenager inspired her to create The Abortion Diary. She is an independent consultant. She currently works as a special projects consultant at Plan C Pills. She is also a researcher on Project SANA (Self-managed Abortion Needs Assessment), an interdisciplinary research group at The University of Texas at Austin that researches self-managed abortion in the United States. Melissa is also a Society of Family Planning 2019 Changemakers in Family Planning Awardee and volunteers her time at many abortion focused organizations. An expert on abortion story-sharing and listening, she works to center the voices of people who have had abortions and end abortion stigma in all facets of her life.
As a multimedia historian, researcher, full-spectrum doula, and bilingual reproductive justice educator, she also works from a Reproductive Justice perspective to destigmatize all experiences related to SRHR. Melissa holds a B.A. in History from Baruch College (CUNY), a Master of Science in Social Studies Education from Pace University, and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History from The State University of New York at Binghamton.
Marietta Wildt is an advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights with strong passion for the meaningful participation of youth and the LGBTQIA+ community. Originally from Germany, she is currently based in Southern Africa where she works in the UN context. Marietta graduated with an MA and MSc in Global Studies from universities in Poland, Canada and Denmark and holds a Postgrad Degree in Global Health.
Francis Makiya is a doctor, abortion provider, the vice chairperson of Medical Rights Watch at the University of Malawi, and member of Global Doctors for Choice and COPUA. Francis is an activist and experienced policy advocate with a focus on ending violence against women and girls. He is passionate about primary care, health rights, ending abortion sigma and promoting safe abortion, and works to address intersecting stigmas at all levels of society that limit access to those seeking clinical services in Malawi.
Suchitra Dalvie is a practicing Gynecologist, and the Coordinator and co-founder of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, the only regional network in South and South East Asia working on safe abortion rights advocacy for youth and healthcare providers in the region. Throughout her career of over 20 years, she has been a fierce advocate to end stigmas based on gender discrimination, sex determination and selective abortions in South Asia.
Jedidah Maina is the Deputy Director at Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), a non-profit trust organization in Kenya. She works with grassroots women creating safe spaces for frank conversations about sex and sexuality, and using our collected experiences to influence policy and program change and to increase access to medical abortion across sub-saharan Africa.
Lucía Berro Pizzarossa is a feminist lawyer and researcher working around issues of reproductive justice and self-managed abortion. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the University of Georgetown. She is also a member of Women Help Women where she coordinates a project that brings together lawyers working on self-managed abortion from around the world. Lucía is also a member of Abortion Without Borders, a network of organisations in multiple countries working together to support people accessing abortions at home with pills or abroad in clinics and Vecinas Feministas por la Justicia Sexual y Reproductiva en América Latina. She has consulted for UNICEF, WHO, International Commission of Jurists and others. Her academic work has been published in renowned peer-reviewed journals such as Reproductive Health Matters, Harvard Health and Human Rights and BMC International Health and Human Rights. Lucía Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Groningen, an MJur from the University of Oxford, and an LLB from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay.