Global Lead, Legal Equality and Access to Justice
Prior to becoming the Global Lead for Legal Equality & Access to Justice, Antonia Kirkland was Equality Now’s Legal Equality Program Manager, the Legal Advisor, and a Program Officer. Antonia has over 15 years of experience working across all of Equality Now’s program areas, contributing to many of its major advocacy reports and campaigns and leading its work at the United Nations, including by serving on the Global Programme Advisory Committee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Antonia has spoken on high-level panels with government and UN officials and been quoted in leading outlets such as The Guardian, Reuters, Inter-Press Service, and The New York Times as well as on radio and TV.
Previously, Antonia was the coordinator of the Next Generation Leadership program at the Rockefeller Foundation; a consultant for Equality Now on an amicus brief for a case before the US Supreme Court; and an intern at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in Paris. Antonia holds a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, an M.Sc. in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, USA.
Growing up, Antonia was inspired by a poster in her fifth-grade classroom, which showed people from all over the world and the United Nations with an inscription of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Antonia views international law as an example of countries aspiring and committing to do their best, and our job is holding them accountable for promoting and protecting all women’s and girls’ rights including through legal reform, the foundation for equality.
Antonia was motivated by her father, who encouraged her to have a meaningful career. Outside of the office, Antonia enjoys walking, reading, and trying different cuisines with her family.