Who We Are

Jessica Neuwirth Board Member Emerita

Jessica Neuwirth is one of the founders and current President of Equality Now, an international human rights organization established in 1992 to work for an end to all forms of violence and discrimination against women. From 1985 to 1990, she held various positions at Amnesty International, including Policy Advisor for Amnesty International USA and Tour Producer for Human Rights Now!, an international concert tour commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ms. Neuwirth subsequently worked in international finance, specializing in sovereign debt restructuring for developing countries as an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She has also lent her expertise to the United Nations, most recently as a consultant to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on issues of sexual violence in several cases and helped win landmark decisions recognizing rape as a form of genocide and holding Rwandan media executives accountable for the role of the media in the 1994 genocide. She has taught international women’s human rights at Harvard Law School. Ms. Neuwirth holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University.