Lana Louise Finikin

Lana Louise Finikin, Executive Director, Sistren Theatre Collective and Groots Facilitator, Jamaica

Ms. Finikin is a community organizer and co-chair of the CSW Committee for the Latin American-Caribbean region for more than eight years. She is a women’s rights advocate whose work includes improving the safety, security, and living conditions of women in urban, peri-urban and poor communities and ensuring that governments work with grassroots women to formalize and expand their leadership in local planning and decision-making. Ms. Finkin has led the Sistren Theatre Collective, which uses street theatre to promote discussion about community safety since 1977, highlighting programmes on gender-based violence, crime prevention and HIV/AIDS. She received the Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre for her work with the Collective. She was co-facilitator of the grassroots tent at the Beijing Fourth World Women’s Conference in 1995.

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