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Cynthia Rothschild

Pronouns: She/Her

Cynthia Rothschild is an independent human rights activist, consultant and writer with a focus on United Nations advocacy and policy, sexual rights, LGBTI issues, women human rights defenders and HIV & AIDS. A feminist human rights, women’s rights and sexual rights activist for over 20 years, she is the author of Written Out: How Sexuality is Used to Attack Women’s Organizing; she edited and co-wrote Gendering Documentation: A Manual for and About Women Human Rights Defenders; and recently co-authored Sex at Dusk and the Mourning After:  Sexuality Policy in the United States in the Years of Obama.  In 2011 and in 2015, Cynthia consulted with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she made significant contributions to the UN’s two groundbreaking reports on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  She played a leading role in coordinating Amnesty International’s movement-wide international development on sexual orientation and gender identity from the early 1990s through the mid 2000s. Cynthia has worked with many activist networks and NGOs in different capacities – including to demystify and expose what goes on inside the UN. She was on the Boards of Amnesty International USA and Astraea, and is now on the Board of Synergia and the Advisory Board of CREA, and is a long-time member of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. Cynthia is based in New York.

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