API Writers

Abirami Parasuram | Sri Lanka


Abirami Parasuram, a student pursuing Drama and Theatre, is from a cold mountainous city of Sri Lanka – Badulla. Being young makes Abirami a constant dreamer who dreams to become an Artist. She is an active social volunteer in her village, and involves in voluntary teaching children deprived of education. She promotes education among the poor. Acting and teaching are her main hobbies. She likes to write, but thinks she lacks in the skill, and so is keen to learn and develop herself to become a writer. She wants to work towards uplifting her community who are mostly vulnerable.



Ash Aninka | Peru


Having been born during conflict and armed insurgencies in the city of Ayacucho, Ash Aninka has gone through extreme violations, violence, tragedy and has survived death. Her determination to become a social activist began when she was very young, when she did not even know the meaning of many things. Surviving through the dark ages, Aninka with her family was lucky to move to the capital where she continued her higher education in International Affairs. Aninka works in the areas of development and communication where her main focus is young girls. She is a passionate advocate for human rights and enjoys leveraging writing as a tool for young girls to tell their stories. She trusts that communication is a powerful medium. Writing being a hobby, Aninka wishes to write on the crucial issues such as HR violations, unfair trade regulations, poverty, and schooling.



Bahati Valerie | DR Congo


Congo born Bahati Valarie lives in both DRC and Rwanda, switching herself between different roles and activities. Bahati is the Co-Founder and Executive Secretary of her organization, COFAPRI. Through her organization, she actively involves to educate, train, mentor and empower women in the conflict affected areas in eastern Congo. Bahati believes that women can help change the lives of women and children, through exposing their issues through writing; and feels that when women narrate stories, their emotions heal other women and encourage them to stand up for change.



Beena Sunkar | India


Beena Sunkar, hails from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Though not a writer by profession, Beena has the passion to write and writes for local newspapers. At present Beena is managing her own organization where she works for the benefit of the slum dwellers. Beena believes that, if small droplets can create an ocean, even little changes made with the support of women and men will help in bringing change to this world.



Bushra Ahmed | Pakistan


Born and educated in Mandi Bahauddin, in Punjab, Pakistan, Bushra Ahamed has been an avid reader since her childhood. She is the Director of her own organization “Human Rights for All”. Bushra enjoys writing, and writes in both English and Urdu focusing on different issues. Bushra feels that she could bring  change to the women in her country by writing.



Charika Silva | Sri Lanka


Charika Silva from the capital of Sri Lanka is homemaker, as she likes to refer to herself. With a busy family around her, she tries to find peace through her passion of writing poetry. Charika believes that women are the backbone of a family with unheard cries within them. She is trying to write bring out their stories through writing. With a degree in Psychology, Charika is strong with her view that, only women could help women.



Claire Jorcelan | Haiti


Losing her parents in the severe earthquake and surviving both mental and physical effects of the disaster, Claire Jorcelan appreciates her survival and is eager to work for her society. She is a young researcher from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her areas of focus are disability rights, child rights and disaster risk reduction. Claire holds a master in human rights. She uses her own experiences as a means to encourage orphans and victims of violence.



Celine Ebere Osukwu | Nigeria


Born in a suburb of Nigeria during a civil war, and brought up under very hard and poor background, Celine has faced multiple marginalization and discrimination at various levels of life due to disability developed during her childhood. Celine battled these challenges and excelled in accomplishing some of her ambitions. She is a development cum human rights activist with special interest in women and disability issues. She creates empowerment and public sensitization programmes focused on equality, dignity, and respect for women and men with disabilities. Celine is also a trained Citizen journalist.



Damsha Jayawardena  | Sri Lanka


Young Damsha Jayawardena who pursues Engineering, is from the Southern Sri Lanka. She loves exploring new avenues. Someone to whom writing has never been a passion, has presently made it her passion to make writing a passion. Damsha is eager to write about the positives and the negatives about women and she wishes to use API as a platform to share the stories from her society. Her aim is to change the negative notions of the societies that create discrimination and mistreatment to specially women. She believes in effective writing, and wants to use it as a tool for change.



Daniela Gamboa Vielma | Venezuela


Venezuelan Daniella Gamboa is from Caracas, Venezuela. She works for The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation and is engaged. Daniella is researcher as well as a human rights activist who works to for the benefit of vulnerable societies. She advocates for change through her work – especially for the young employed women of her society. Daniella has a passion towards writing and she uses writing as a tool to advocate different communities in her country.



Dewdrops |


Dewdrops as she likes to be called, is an author, writer, researcher, trainer and human rights educator who has experience working in the field of human rights, disaster management, migration, and human resources management.



Dhriti Adhikari | Nepal


Self-employed Dhriti Adhikari began teaching poor children in her village when in her late teens. Her interest was to promote education among both girls and boys from Nepal’s rural areas. Dhiriti holds a degree in Child Psychology. Her passion is to work with less privileged children and youths. Her vision in life is to found an orphanage with a school for children in Nepal.



Erandika Abeysooriya | Sri Lanka


Erandika Abeysooriya who hails from the green hills of Bandarawela in Sri Lanka, believes that writing is a silent, yet powerful tool to express feelings, thoughts, ideas, experiences. She wishes to focus on the rural women of the country, and write about their struggles to overcome life’s challenges. Erandika holds a masters in Regional Development and Planning.



Esther Besong | Cameroon


Esther Besong from Cameroon works with rural women to uplift their livelihoods. Having a background in public relations, she uses her skills to initiate positive effect with her work in the rural areas especially with the women farmers and farmer organizations. Esther has a passion for writing, and is keen to use her voice for the voiceless women farmers of Cameroon. She believes in highlighting the positive as the negative stories in her region.


Gullafroz Shahristani | Afghanistan


Young Gullafroz Shahristani from the beautiful mountain of Afghanistan is a University Student. Originally from Daikondi Province of Afghanistan, Gullafroz moved to Pakistan at the age of three and returned to her motherland after a period of nine years. Gullafroz has a keen passion to write and this passion has turned her into a writer. She is also a writer for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and the founder of her own foundation the Workaholic Women for a New Afghanistan where she maintains a blog of her own.



Harriet Adong | Uganda


Coming from Northern Uganda, Harriet Adong, who is passionate about bringing about change in her community, chose to write, believing that her writing would bring out the issues communities in her country are facing. She feels that, writing is one strong tool of creating change, and a way to spread afar the truth throughout the world. She plans to use writing to make the unheard voices of vulnerable women of Uganda be heard and to promote human rights and development in her country. Harriet works towards helping women and girls displaced by the war and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence to overcome poverty and develop sustainable livelihoods and economic empowerment.



Hiba Oduho | Sudan


Hiba Oduho is a youth volunteer from Sudan, who dedicates her work towards youths in her community. She engages in social healing, teaching and mentoring. Her main focus areas are education for girls, peace mentoring for ex-child soldiers, and advocating against girl child marriage. Hiba had always been keen to tell stories about hers and her society’s experiences. Yet she was timid to write in English. Today Hiba tries to write, using API as a platform to communicate with the world.



Jane Frances Mufua | Cameroon


Cameroon born Jane Frances Mufua is from Bamenda city of Cameroon. She is the Executive Director of the organization, Centre for Gender Justice and Women Empowerment Cameroon. She has over 14 years of experience in intervening to promote and protect women’s rights. Jane is also a Facilitator for programmes on GBV, counseling and rehabilitation. Her main interest is research – where she involves particularly in the areas of gender and development, sexuality diversity, reproductive health and women in governance. Jane holds a master’s degree in Gender Studies. She has experience being a journalist, and is also a human right educator. Jane likes to move amidst the local communities and write what she sees. She strives to use her international community. She is strong and energetic with a high spirit of optimism.



Juliana Dawood Yusif  | Iraq


University teacher and woman activist, Juliana Yusif is an Assyrian born Iraqi national. Yusif who was formerly the editor to the Al Akhbaar Newspaper, is currently the editor in chief of Al Jenubyia Newspaper (The Southern Woman), a women print newspaper that looks into the issues of women. Being the Director of Basra Society for Research and Media on Women, she translates articles on literature, semiotics, cinema, civil society and related topics. Juliana is also a Human Rights educator.



Kannmani  |  Sri Lanka


Leaving the conflict prone northern islands of Sri Lanka where she was born, Kanmani spent most of her childhood as an internally displaced person in another conflict torn district Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka. Her experience of war, displacement and hunger turned her into a strong young woman, who seeks to contribute to a better society – free of violence, free of discrimination and free of corruption, wanting to help in bringing change to her community. Poverty and conflict had deprived her from continuing her education. Today she is eager to help young girls in education. Her strong personality gives her the courage to write about the violations and discrimination which is occurring even today in her society.



Kaurwaki  | India


Kaurwaki from Mumbai, India is a researcher whose main focus is on gender and communication. Her passion is to use technology in democratic participation, economic empowerment, community organizing, and government accountability. She believes in the importance of community, the power of networks, the good will of people and the power of people using technology to better this world. With a background in IT, she uses her knowledge as a tool for women in the society, to bring social change.



Kim Thi Nguyen | Vietnam


Kim Thi is an independent small – businesswoman from the Ha Nam Province of Vietnam. Starting at a very young age, she became the first young woman in her town to assemble and repair mobile phones. Kim who has a basic degree in science, is also a social worker and engages in advocacy campaigns to fight for the equal rights of women and girls in her town. She also writes to local magazines about the issues that Vietnamese women face, in their jobs, and especially in their own businesses. She believes that women are capable to engage in small – businesses like her, and she encourages others towards it.



Laxmi Bakhadyo | Nepal


From Bhaktapur, Nepal, Laxmi Bakhadyo is Assistant Professor of Kathmandu School of Law. She writes to local journals and newspapers, with special concern to women and law. Laxmi believes that her writings will trace the actual situations of women in Nepal and generate awareness to women, girls, and other communities around them, authorities and international actors. She encourages women to think positively, and hope for positive change, which would better the vulnerable women, and girls of her country. She writes so that to initiate transformation in the lives of people. She is passionate in research and writing along with gaining and sharing her experience.



Linda Kisonto | DR Congo


Linda Kisonto was born and bred in Lubumbashi in the Republic Democratic of Congo. She is the eldest among four girls, and one who grew up amidst severe difficulties faced by women and girls in her country. After earning a basic degree in Journalism she decides to pursuit with a Master’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies in Cameroon. Linda finds it a big challenge to learn English, but her willingness and determination encourages her towards succeeding. Currently, Linda works in the areas of Logistics in a Mine field and is counted as one among the few women present in the Mining working environment in her country. Linda has a passion for reading and she now wishes to use her skills and knowledge, to tell out the stories of women through writing and actions. She is very much appreciative of API as a platform empowering her and other women.



Linda Mupemo | Zambia


Linda Mupemo is a second year Mass Communication Student at the University of Zambia. Writing is one of her main interests and she wants to write about young women like her who have not opportunity to learn and to educate themselves due to cultural and economic reasons.



Luminitsa Truscan | Romania


Luminitsa Truscan, is from Bucharest, Romania. She is a social worker and a women rights activist who is involved in grassroots work with different indigenous communities. Being of Roma ethnicity, Truscan addresses the issues of discrimination and rights of Romani women, child protection system of the Romani children and trafficking of humans. She believes that she could use writing to create a difference to her own community.



Maria Tariq | Pakistan/USA


Pakistani origin Maria Tariq, is from the United States of America. She believes that writing brings awareness and dialogue to highlight several important issues that impact poor and vulnerable women, which may not otherwise be recognized. She wants to write about issues affecting poor women in her current community as well as from her country of origin, in order to bring an impact to the vulnerable women. Maria is a non-profit professional with experience in outreach and advocacy and is passionate about women’s empowerment and human rights, especially in conflict areas, with her focus being on women’s health and security in developing countries. Completing her graduate studies in the US, Maria while working for a corporate company, volunteers with an INGO in poverty alleviation.


Miriam Kaushika | Sri Lanka


Miriam Kaushika is a Teacher by profession, and a social activist from Jaffna, a district in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Miriam’s work involves the areas of environment and health. Her passion is to work with persons who struggle with ill-health conditions. Miriam spends most of her free time meeting up with disadvantaged people. She enjoys communication, and believes that communication highlights both the negatives and positives found in the lives of diverse communities.


Mulatwa Mosisa | Ethiopia


Mulatwa Mosisa who hails from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is an author, writer, poet and designer. She holds a degree in Teaching. Mulatwa is a contributor to the Ethiopian Herald and the Poem Hunter. She is in charge of Communication and Marketing at the Peace and Green Initiative for Africa. Mulatwa is a confident woman, who is able to overcome challenges, and speak out for equality. She believes that every single voice matters, and wants to have her voice to spread out loudly and broadly.



Mutinta | Zambia


Mutinta from Zambia is a Natural Sciences Undergraduate at the University of Zambia. She is also a writer and writes mainly on development issues. She trusts that she could use her writing skills as a tool for change in her society.



Natasha | Uganda


Natasha, who is an activist and community worker from West Uganda, participates in activities related to girls’ and women’s rights and dignity and for their social empowerment. She  is also a writer and involves in research and publications for different community based organizations.



Nilakshy Thavarajah | Sri Lanka


Hailing from the East of Sri Lanka, Nilakshy Thavarajah believes that her voice could make a difference in her society. Nilakshy has long years of experience as a teacher and lecturer and has also been working with International NGOs in the field of Education and Disaster Risk Reduction. Nilakshy has been working with different communities in her country, also in conflict affected zones and amidst severe situations. She is a social worker and a strong believer of change. She is keen to bring light into the vulnerable societies and support to make change in the lives of women and girls through evidence based writings.



Olutosin O. Adebowale  | Nigeria


Olutosin who began as a child advocate in Lagos is from Owo Town, in the Ondo State of Nigeria. As a child Olutosin used the internet to launch her hobby – writing, through her Poems and short plays. She recited poems on Child sexual abuse for different programmes. She pursued her studies in Gender and Transformation and began to apply her knowledge and experiences in transforming the lives of women and she – children. Olutosin is a trained citizen journalist and believes that transformation is getting to the root causes of problems and coming up with achievable action plans.


Oviya Balraj | Sri Lanka


Oviya Balraj is a law student from Sri Lanka. She is also a voluntary part-time teacher. Oviya chose to study law with the intention of fighting against corruption, and to fight for the social and economic rights of low income women. Oviya is not a keen writer, but rather a dancer. Yet she decided to start writing, to share the stories she comes across in her life.


Radhai Krishnamurthy | India


Radhai Krishnamurthy from South India is a women’s advocate who uses ancient history and culture as a method to advocate for equality for between men and women. She is a part-time freelance writer, and works for a local Non – Governmental Organization which involves in women rights, children rights and health and nutrition. Radhai likes reading, and engaging with children. She holds degrees in Historical Studies, and in Women’s Studies.



Sadaf Sadi  | Pakistan


Communication and media professional Sadaf Sadi hails from Lahore, Pakistan. She is a reporter on human rights issues – especially concerning to children, minorities and education industries. She uses her skill of writing to bring out the issues faced by her society and she strongly trusts and hopes that she can bring change through her writings. Sadi also believes in the power of pen and that the power of writing can bring revolution in the society. Sadi wishes to use her pen through API in order to bring change in the lives of women, girls and children not only in her society, but also around the globe.



Sedi  | United Kingdom


Sedi is a Sri Lankan born writer, who migrated many years ago, and is presently living in the United Kingdom. She applies her human rights learning through her writings and argues how women could contribute for the betterment of women. Sedi is an Artist herself, and being optimistic, she believes that Art could play a role in social change.



Shewli  | India


A content writer by profession Shewli from West Bengal, India, writes contents for user manuals for products and across various genres – travel, films, business, technology and health. To her, life is a journey where one needs to keep traveling. Shewli strongly feels that she got inspired by her parents, who have a progressive approach towards life.



Tri Mulyasari  | Indonesia


Indonesian Tri Mulyasari was born in Banyuwangi and at present lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Two of her passions are traveling and learning languages, which have brought her an idea to run her upcoming project called “Charity from Traveling”. Tri has the experience in writing what she hears, what she feels, and what she sees in her own blog. She believes she could contribute to make a change for her society. Tri chose to join API as a second activity which she thinks she could do, to change at least someone’s world, as a writer.



Tripti Gosh | Bangladesh


Tripti Gosh, a freelance journalist from Rangpur, Bangladesh is an active young woman who has the passion for writing. Her main interests are of the unreported issues in South Asia. Being a woman surrounded by strong cultures, she strongly believes that the South Asian cultures impacts on women more than men. Thus, this culture itself has inspired her to start writing which she thought would contribute to a positive change.


Valeria Barbosa | Brazil


Journalist, editor and poet Valeria Barbosa is from Favela, Brazil. Valeria Barbosa who realized the power of communication at the age of fifty, began to write for different media organizations and newspapers. While she has been writing for the newspaper Cidade de Deus for 7 years, she is also the collaborator, and manages the editorials there. Valeria breaking restrictions went on to educate herself so that to change her own destiny, and to work in education and popular communication. She is qualified in pedagogy. Valeria believes that writing is a tool of strength that seeks better answers and constant leaning; and she wishes to raise her voice to reach other parts of the globe, to change the stories of other women, to overcome the exclusionary system, and to learn the possibilities of change.


Zephaniah | Pakistan


Zephaniah from Pakistan is a girls’ education activist. She began her activism at the age of 13, where she involved in teaching children. Zephaniah is the founder of two schools and a skill learning centre in Pakistan where she offers free education and learning skills to three hundred girls and women. In 2015 Channel News Asia Singapore made a documentary on her life (flight of the Falcons) which won a gold medal from New York film festival in 2016. Zephaniah won the Lynn Syms Global prize for her writing and work in 2014. Zephaniah works to uplift women and girls through education and empowerment.