Global Network & Regional Engagement
Silene Ramirez is the Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Global Network & Regional Engagement team, managing day-to-day aspects of the Voices Against Violence Initiative. She provides technical assistance on violence against women to projects and program sub grantees across the region.
Prior to joining Vital Voices, she worked under different capacities serving migrant farmworkers, Afro-descendant communities, Indigenous Peoples, and forestry groups across Latin America. As the Gender Justice manager at the Global Coalition Rights and Resources Initiative she coordinated the Coalition’s gender justice engagement on community and indigenous women’s leadership in Latin America. In her home country, Costa Rica, Silene worked with Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women and collaborated with the Women Rights Department at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio with an M.A. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies and a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the National University of Costa Rica.
Best place you’ve traveled? The Perito Moreno Glacier in the Argentinian Patagonia, which is one of the few glaciers in the world that is growing, not receding. This gives me a sense of hope amidst all the climate change adversities we are currently facing.