Anika Rahman

Non-profit Leader for Human Rights and Catalyst for Change

Anika Rahman believes that people and organizations can inspire movements that will advance rights for all, promote a just society, and foster sustainable development. With this core belief, she has dedicated her life to championing human rights, women’s and children’s rights, reproductive rights, global economic development, and social and environmental justice. Throughout her career, with leadership positions at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Friends of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the Rainforest Alliance, Anika has been a voice--and a catalyst--for change. A lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Anika has received the Women’s eNews “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” award and Columbia Law School’s Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility. She has spoken on the topics of leadership, public service, non-profit management, women’s rights, reproductive rights, and sustainable development at venues ranging from the United Nations to universities and international conferences. Anika’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, Rewire,, and The Huffington Post. She is also the author of "Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Laws and Policies Worldwide", which notably placed female genital mutilation within a human rights framework. As a series editor, she directed the development and publication of "Women of the World: Laws and Policies Affecting Their Reproductive Lives". Anika currently lives in New York City.