Tanya Sukhija has been Program Officer since 2014. She first joined Equality Now as a Legal Fellow in 2013, splitting her time between the Africa and Americas offices, and working across all four program areas. Prior to working at Equality Now, Tanya gained experience advocating for gender equality and against sexual violence at Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa; defending human and civil rights through litigation at the US law firm Schonbrun Seplow Harris and Hoffman, LLP; monitoring cases in international criminal courts with the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy to the Netherlands; and providing legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence with the South Asian Network in California. Tanya holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she focused on human rights, transitional justice, and international criminal law. She also holds a B.A. in International Development Studies and Political Science from UCLA. Tanya is licensed to practice law in California and New York.
For Tanya, seeing the challenges that women and girls experience around the world makes her want to improve their quality of life. She believes that the law is important for gender equality because it sets a standard for how women and men should be treated in society: as equals. Communities, locally and globally, can do better if people work towards a world where everyone can fully enjoy their human rights.
Tanya’s inspiration is the “Notorious RBG” (US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Her favorite quote is by Gloria Steinem: “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
Tanya loves traveling, cooking, baking, and visiting museums.