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shawna wakefield


Shawna is a gender justice advocate, mother of two girls, practitioner of living life wholly and helping other change-makers to do the same. She is bi-racial (African American / white Canadian), grew up in New York and Vermont, and has lived in Cambodia and Afghanistan, with extended stays in West and East Africa. She started her career organizing with immigrant and refugee women of color in the mid 90’s, and has since worked with the UN, women’s rights organizations, foundations and INGOs. She was Oxfam International’s Senior Gender Justice Lead for 7 years, and currently researches, facilitates and develops learning processes, strategies, tools and practices to support feminist organisational development and leadership. Shawna co-teaches a yoga program for people of color in Brooklyn, teaches yoga for survivors of sexual assault and offers workshops on building resilience and wellbeing for activists.