Houry Geudelekian, Chair of NGO CSW/NY, previously Gender Program Coordinator, served two terms on Executive Committee as Communications Secretary. Involved in almost all aspects of organizing the annual NGO CSW Forum; Co-Chaired Planning committee for CSW58 and 59 (Beijing+20), Rally, Women of Distinction Award and last year coordinated the full Forum including over 400 parallel events. Was involved with establishing both Cities for CEDAW campaign and NGO CSW Regional Committees. Currently UN Coordinator for Unchained At Last, US based organization fighting to stop early marriage. As UN Coordinator for Armenian Relief Society (2010-2016), a global grass root organization, helped curve the sex selection trend in Armenia through CSW advocacy. Helped establish a $5million women's empowerment project in border towns of Armenia with Russian Federation, Republic of Armenia and UNDP. Collaborating with UN Women Civil Society section since 2012 on various campaigns and events. Prior to UN career, established a $2million business with strengths in project management, marketing and public relations. Armenian born in Beirut Lebanon, lives in NYC, survivor of early marriage, genocide and civil war, fighting for human rights for all.
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