Global Lead, Legal Equality and Access to Justice
Prior to leading the Legal Equality program, Antonia Kirkland was Equality Now’s Legal Advisor for six years after serving as a Program Officer. Antonia has worked across all of Equality Now’s program areas and contributed to many of its major publications, as well as its work at the United Nations. 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 in 2000; 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 women’s and girls’ rights around the world.
Antonia is inspired by her father, who encouraged her to have a meaningful career. Outside of the office, Antonia enjoys walking, reading and trying different cuisines.