Women's Link Worldwide is a small non-for-profit organization with a global perspective, but sometimes people mistake us for a large corporation with offices around the globe. In reality, we are a hard-working staff of nine attorneys and four administrative professionals who have created a new paradigm of working across time zones and borders. We also count on the expertise of an outside team of dedicated consultants.

Attorney

Teresa Fernández Paredes



"Women’s Link gave me the opportunity to work on something that I’ve always felt passionate about: Human Rights. Women’s Link’s promotion of gender justice through legal strategies both in national and international courts is very important and an every day challenge in advocating for women’s rights and gender justice. The opportunity to work here, with a team of excellent professionals who are also excellent people, is a luxury without a doubt. "

Teresa Fernández Paredes graduated with a degree in Law and Political Science from the university Carlos II in Madrid and she is a member of the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados of Madrid. She has a masters degree in international public law from Washington College of Law at American University in Washington D.C. During this time, she focused her studies on Human Rights, International Criminal Law and International Organizations.

Then she served as a legal intern at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in Washington DC and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. She also worked as an intern with Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito at the International Criminal Court in the Hague and she also did an internship in the Justice Department at Human Rights Watch in Brussels.

In Spain she worked for the department of Criminal Law at the Spanish firm Garrigues until she joined Women’s Link Worldwide. She recently published the article “Transitional Justice in Democratization Processes: The case of Spain from an international point of view" in the International Journal of Rule of Law, Transitional Justice and Human Rights.


Development Officer

McKensey Smith



"As a staff member at Women’s Link Worldwide, I get to be a part of a team of fearless activists who are making real change in the lives of women and girls. I feel so lucky to help this dynamic organization grow and to connect people with the important work they are doing. I have the privilege of helping to build a community of supporters who love Women’s Link and are deeply committed to human rights, justice and equality".

McKensey Smith is the Development Officer at Women’s Link Worldwide. In her role, McKensey manages the organization’s efforts to grow its strong base of institutional and individual donors. She works closely with the legal team in proposal development and evaluation of programs, and with the communications team to facilitate outreach and donor engagement.

McKensey also serves as Project Design Coordinator at International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, where she works with the Programs team to conceptualize strategies and best communicate IPPF/WHR's work to a broad range of audiences. McKensey also serves on the volunteer New York Steering Committee for Spark, a non-profit that engages Millennials in philanthropy to support women and girls.

Prior to joining Women’s Link, she oversaw fundraising and communications for the Third Wave Foundation as its External Relations Director. She also served as Director of Operations at the Global Justice Center.

McKensey holds a bachelors degree in International Relations and Spanish from New York University. She currently resides in New York City.


Communications and Outreach Officer

Cristina Sánchez Velázquez



“Since I first discovered Women’s Link, I thought that I’d love to form part of their personnel because it is really different from the rest of the organizations that I have worked for or that I know of.  Its capacity to grow, its innovation, the opportunities it offers to those of us who begin to work, the strategic vision for justice in its lines of work and spaces to reflect and create new projects are just some of the reasons which make this dynamic organization unique.”

Cristina has a degree in Library Science and Documentation from the University of Carlos III, Madrid and has taken numerous courses on Gender and Human Rights. In her work, she specializes in migration and women’s rights.

She has worked as a foreign aid worker in Jutiapa, Honduras in community development projects with rural women giving basic education on gender issues. In Spain she was the coordinator of a Women's Support Center of the City of Madrid and volunteered with the ELÍN Association, giving direct assistance to Sub-Saharan migrant women in Morocco and Mauritania. She has more recently participated in the drafting of reports presented before international organizations such as the Committee against Torture and the UNCHR, which highlight the violation of fundamental rights suffered by the refugee and migrant population in Morocco.

She is a volunteer with the Colectivo Caminando Fronteras, which gives direct assistance to Sub-Saharan women who are victims of human trafficking in Morocco. She has been on various trips with this organization, which defends migrant rights. She currently resides in Madrid.



Communications and Outreach Officer

Carolina Dueñas Orozco



“After years of knowing and working externally with Women’s Link I am happy to now be a staff member and apply my knowledge in the organization. But above this, I am proud to work for an organization that facilitates that I can be a working mother: that is coherence between the reproductive rights speech and reality!”

Master’s degree in Political Studies from Javeriana University (Bogotá, Colombia) and Social Communicator-Journalist degree from the same University. Carolina has worked in both in the fields of journalism and communications.

As journalist she has worked for the weekly magazines Jet-Set and Semana. She served as editor of the web page Conexión Colombia and was reporter for the web Calle22.com. In communications she has worked for the multinational Marsterller Colombia and more recently for Brújula Cominicaciones, where she gained her expertise in strategic communications for civil society organizations.

Communications and Outreach Officer

Jorge Bravo Santana



Jorge holds a degree in communications and journalism from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia), where he also studied political science. He has experience in media as project team member at the publisher El Tiempo and Caracol Radio, as well as the radio station Javeriana Estéreo. He has worked with new forms of media and is experienced with social media management and virtual platforms.

From 2005 to 2011, he volunteered for Jesuit Refugee Service in Colombia in their Colegios project, where in addition to his community service work, he trained young people on internal displacement issues.

Jorge interned for Women’s Link in 2012, working in communications at the Bogotá office, where he has been a staff member since July of 2013.

Director of Finance and Administration

Carlos Borráez



“Given that Women’s Link is a growing organization, it is the ideal place for profesional development. It allows you to form part of a great team and share a fantastic atmosphere in in the workplace. At the same time, it also strips you of any socio-cultural prejudices which you might have and gives you the satisfaction of supporting the development of a more just and equal world.”

Carlos holds a degree in Finance, Government and International Relations from the External University, Colombia and a specialisation in Corporate Social Responsibility, from the same university. Before taking up the post as administrative director of the Colombia office of Women’s Link Worldwide, he worked for 5 years as the financial and administrative coordinator of Tejido Humano, an NGO in Colombia which supports victims of violence. Carlos has also worked with the Presidential Agency for Social Action and International Cooperation, a Government agency, where he was the Supervisor of the program ‘Food Security Network’. He currently resides in Bogota.

Administrative Assistant

Tatiana Marón Criado



“Seeing the work that Women’s Link does opened my eyes to many realities that, as a woman, I can’t ignore. It gives me the chance to feel like part of a very important project. I am very proud to be part of this team I admire so much and learn so much from, not just because of their professionalism, but because of their humanity.”

Tatiana holds a degree in business administration from Madrid’s CEU Luis Vives University. After graduating, she specialized in marketing and public relations.

She worked as a financial counselor in a major Spanish banking institution for six years. Her concerns about the importance and need for social change led her to a new professional path.