Program Coordinator for Economic Policy and Human Rights, International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net)
Living in: New York City, US
Fields of work: gender, human rights, migration, feminist movement building, environment/sustainable development, and amplifying and articulating socio-economic alternatives.
Leanne Sajor is from the Philippines and lives in her adopted community of Queens, New York City. She has spent the past 10 years as a feminist organiser and advocate, working with grassroots groups and civil society organisations to address inequalities and amplify social justice agendas. She enjoys facilitating political education programmes, organising campaigns, designing and coordinating participatory research projects and leading strategic discussions to support feminist movement building, socio-economic justice and the rights of immigrants.
Leanne is presently Program Coordinator for Economic Policy and Human Rights at the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net). She facilitates the collective efforts of 54 member organisations towards building a shared systemic critique of the dominant economic system and articulating alternatives. She organises projects that advance mutual learning solidarity and collective action; that link diverse communities to address deepening inequalities; and that challenge dispossession amid abundance as well as environmental degradation and climate change.
Leanne was previously a Program Officer for the Feminist Development Justice programme at the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) in Thailand, working with feminist movements to promote a redistributive model of development and to place grassroots women’s voices at the centre of development policies. At APWLD she managed a campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would later grow into an initiative confronting corporate power and trade agreements.
When Leanne was 20, she co-founded the Renaissance Charter School for Innovation in East Harlem, New York City, working with parents, students, community leaders and progressive educators to build a community school and address educational inequalities. She co-designed a teaching model to address students’ academic and social needs and promote leadership, activism and experiential learning. She also founded a school-wide programme for out-of-state practicums allowing students to take knowledge from the classroom into real-world applications by connecting them with community-based social justice organisations.
Leanne is an advisor and co-facilitator for the Asia-Pacific region at FRIDA, the Young Feminist Fund, and has served on the board of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project. She holds a BA (Hons.) in political science and women’s and gender studies from the City University of New York.