Mandy Van Deven
As a member of the communications team, Mandy Van Deven is responsible for the online communications and social media strategy at IPPF/WHR. She manages the organization's website, social media, and electronic communications.
Mandy has more than a decade of experience as a writer and global advocate. She has organized advocacy campaigns around street harassment, girls' right to an education, and transformative responses to gender-based violence. She is the co-author of Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets and the editor of “Polyphonic Feminisms: Acting in Concert,” an issue of Barnard Center for Research on Women's web-based academic journal, The Scholar and Feminist Online. Her writing on contemporary feminisms, global activism, sexuality, and popular culture has been published by AlterNet, Curve, Marie Claire, RH Reality Check, and Salon.
Mandy has Bachelor's degrees in Women's Studies and Sociology from Georgia State University and a Master of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has worked with numerous community-based organizations in New York, Atlanta, and Kolkata, India.
Where were you born?
San Diego, California, USA (but I was raised in Athens, Georgia)
What languages do you speak?
English, Bengali, Spanish
What's the most amazing thing you've seen while traveling?
I had the mind-blowing experience of petting fully grown tigers at Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, a Buddhist temple and wild animal sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.