Viviana Waisman

Viviana Waisman

President & CEO

She founded Women’s Link in 2001 in response to what she perceived as a glaring need to advance women’s rights in national courts by creating and disseminating mechanisms to apply human rights standards. Viviana is responsible for leading the organization with offices in Spain and Colombia, and with staff in the United States, Uganda and Kenya. She is responsible for the organization’s overall management and fundraising, as well as spearheading and participating in investigations, litigation and trainings in numerous fields including, but not limited to, trafficking, migrant women’s rights, sexual and reproductive rights, international gender crimes and intersectional discrimination.

Viviana is an expert in women’s rights and international human rights law. Among her publications are The Prosecution of Sexual and Gender Crimes in the National Courts of Argentina (Human Rights Quarterly, Johns Hopkins Univerity Press); Human Trafficking: State Obligations to Protect Victims Rights, the Current Framework and a New Due Diligence Standard, (Hastings International and Comparative Law Review); Bridging the Divide: Women's Access to Justice; Reproductive Rights 2000: Moving Forward (editor); Women of the World Anglophone Africa: Laws and Policies Affecting their Reproductive Lives (coordinating editor), and Women Behind Bars: Chile's Abortion Laws: a Human Rights Analysis (author of human rights chapter).

She has participated and organized international meetings and conferences related to human trafficking, sexual and reproductive rights, and international gender crimes. Such forums include conferences on Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Strategies to improve access to safe abortion in Uganda and Tanzania, applying the due diligence standard to the judiciary for trafficking victims and training for Prosecutors and Judges on incorporating gender in the prosecutions for the crimes during the military dictatorship in Argentina. She was part of the Third Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings by the European Commission (2011-2015). Viviana is an Ashoka Fellow since 2016.

Prior to founding Women’s Link, Viviana worked as a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund in New York, as an attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York and as an associate at the law firm Gray, Cary, Ware and Friendenrich in California (USA).

Viviana holds a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of California Hastings College Of Law in San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her family is from Argentina and she resides in Spain.



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