From Central Asia and Caucasus to Global Feminist Movements and Back Around

Who I Am

I am a feminist social justice consultant with close to two decades experience across regions, movements and sectors. My work supports organizations, big and small, to develop strategies, conduct research, facilitate processes and convenings, and to advocate for, and distribute, greater and better resources for our movements. Promoting human rights and justice from a movement building perspective is at the core of every project I undertake. My approach is simple: above all, I listen to, work with and elevate the voices of those in the centre of struggles and responses.

Angelika Arutyun Portrait

My social justice work began as a youth activist in my home-town of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Almost two decades later, I have developed a professional career promoting women's rights, LGBTIQ rights, social justice organizing and philanthropy. I have worked for the world’s largest women’s rights foundation, the Global Fund for Women, and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), one of today’s flagship feminist organizing institutions. I have conceptualized, developed and co-authored groundbreaking research on funding trends as part of AWID’s “Where is the Money" initiative. My research has contributed to powerful, successful, advocacy that improved and increased funding for women’s rights organizations. I was part of organizing many convenings, the largest being AWID’s 13th International Feminist Forum in Bahia, Brazil, where I served as a program director. I was, also, part of the co-founding team of FRIDA; the only feminist youth-led fund in the world. FRIDA is now a thriving fund, providing close to USD1 million of grants per year.

What I Do

Develop Strategies and Programs

Over the years, I’ve developed multiple strategies and programs alone and with teams. It’s always been crucial to me that programs and strategies are developed in consultation with the communities and activists most affected by them.

Facilitate processes and convenings

I have extensive experience facilitating complex processes that, often, had convenings as part of them. I believe that convenings are a powerful strategy for movement building, solidarity building, and bridge building across sectors; if done well, and with participants' interests at heart.

Advocate for, Mobilize, and Distribute Resources for Feminist Organizing

In all of my roles I’ve centered on political feminist resource mobilization as a core component for success, resilience, and sustainability in feminist, and other, social justice movements. Through direct grantmaking, action-research, donor advocacy, convenings, and activist capacity building, I’ve contributed to increased and improved funding for feminist organizations.

Conduct Rights- Based Research and Produce Cutting Edge Knowledge

Research and knowledge production are crucial to feminist agendas and have been a key strategy I’ve used in my work. My work has identified and filled knowledge gaps that previously existed. Rights-based, evidence driven, and narrated from the perspectives and voices of those most affected, and edited and consulted with the wider community: these are the key ingredients of my research philosophy.

Publications I've Been Mentioned In

Writing Our Own Narratives: Angelika Arutyunova’s Story as part of Nurturing Our Roots, Flourishing Movements Memory Project of FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund

How not to do feminist open government – and one big idea that can help, by Alfonsina Peñaloza for William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Women and Girls Rising: Progress and resistance around the world, by Ellen Chesler, ‎Terry McGovern, 2015

Women's Movements in the Global Era: The Power of Local Feminisms, by Amrita Basu, 2018

The Gender Effect: Capitalism, Feminism, and the Corporate Politics of Development, by Kathryn Moeller, 2018

Media I Contributed To Or Featured In

New Actors New Money New Conversations: Video

AWID Forum Video

Animation: State of Feminist Movements

Animation: Climate and Environmental Justice

UN TV: Presenting at the high level panel at the UN, see me at minute 41 and 1:21.

CSW Regional Video

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