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Specialist in International Cooperation, United Nations Population Fund



Sharon Bissell is a feminist grantmaker and human rights strategist. Through her work with civil society organizations, the United Nations, and the Mexico office of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Sharon has helped facilitate access to millions of dollars for human rights, migration, and feminist organizations. She became involved in the Mexican pro-choice movement in the 1990s and worked to advance abortion rights, increase recognition of young people’s sexual rights, and shift attention toward women-centered reproductive health care with traditional indigenous and formally trained midwives. Her human rights work has focused on criminal justice, enforced disappearances, and femicide. She is a founding strategist of Mexico’s social justice fund, Acento: Acción Local, Board Secretary at Fondo Semillas, Mexico’s feminist fund, and former Board Chair of Funders for Reproductive Equity. She lives in Mexico City and works with the Special Mechanism for Forensic Identification/UNFPA/OHCHR.