Ana Fabregas, Bruna Martinez, and Vira Mistry are gender specialists, who met during their graduate program at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherlands. Bonding over their love and passion for busting myths associated with Gender and Sexuality, they launched their first project at the 2018 International AIDS conference in Amsterdam. Prior to their Master's programme, they have worked in capacity building and community organizing around the issues of sexual harassment, abortions rights, and gender-based violence, among others. Together, they have multiple years of experience designing and hosting workshops on varying subjects for a wide variety of groups across India, Brazil, North America, and Southeast Asia.
Ana has worked with the Pacific Links Foundation’s (PALS) Scholarship Programme initiative, which provides academic scholarships for hundreds of Vietnamese girls that have been deemed at-risk for becoming victims of human trafficking. Her central responsibility was to design and host a “Confidence-Building Through Defense” workshop in the Mekong Delta, where she taught basic martial arts techniques as a tool to instill self-confidence and self-worth.
Bruna has interned with UNAIDS Brazil, having later joined the Secretariat team of the Amsterdam Youth Force. Her work has focused on grassroots organizing, inclusion and partnerships, supporting youth leadership, and fighting against sexual stigma and discrimination. Her background also consists of feminist movements in Latin America, including volunteering for ROSA, a socialist feminist and pro-choice activist group, in Dublin.
Vira has worked with Blank Noise in Bangalore, India, an organization that designs participatory action projects for citizen mobilization around street harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based violence. Her role included designing and facilitating workshops for high school and undergraduate students. She was involved in and helped organize street actions and protests in Bangalore.