Natasha Latiff, Singaporean, an international lawyer, is an expert on Gender Equality and Human Rights. She brings to the table 15 years of grassroots and high-level experience in policies and programming to address and remedy gender-inequality, gender-based violence and violations of international human rights.
Natasha started her professional journey as a Human Rights, Gender and Legal Advisor to the United Nations, INGOs and NGOs. She spent most of 15 years of her professional life working independently in one of the most dangerous and inhospitable places, Afghanistan, in the midst of war and deep-seated conflict, and, where she oversaw large impact grants, examined compliance with international human rights standards and executed Strategies, Policies and Programs on Gender. Her donors, clients and partners have included:
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
United Nations (UNICEF, UN Women, UNESCO)
European Union (EU)
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Services (BMZ)
Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS)
Open Society Foundations (OSF) amongst others
In the last 10 years, Natasha was a prominent advocate for gender and intersectional approaches to philanthropic giving, providing inputs to governments and funders on practical mainstreaming of gender equality across a range of ESG criteria. She has also raised funds for her 2 NGOs and other local women-led organisations to lead projects at the intersections of gender, access to justice, and leadership.
Natasha is the co-Founder of two award-winning women-led NGOs "SAHR" and "Women for Justice Organisation Afghanistan". SAHR has gained the recognition of leaders such as President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference 2018, and, former UK Attorney General of the United Kingdom, Dominic Grieve in 2010. She has won compensation for survivors of crimes who would otherwise be left unrecognized and unremedied; brought justice in cases of acute gender-based violence and influenced laws and policies on sexual harassment, virginity testing, victim and witness protection, and, survivor-centred approaches to justice.
Today, SAHR runs a 150-strong peer-led membership community of women leaders in SGBV policy. SAHR grants paid fellowships to women and other underrepresented leaders to enter policy-making space to end gender-based violence and strengthen access to justice. It is piloting the first "accompanied fund" focused on individual civil society leaders identified as having high-potential to impact change at the systems level.
"Ms. Latiff has been at the forefront of fighting gender-based violence in Afghanistan, taking on highly complex cases whilst strengthening institutional accountability and response."
Nema Milaninia, Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice
"I have met young Singaporeans who started their own organisations in Singapore, and even a very rare few Singaporeans who did this in support of humanitarian or development issues overseas. Yet I have never met a Singaporean who has taken on such difficult and demanding human rights issues in such challenging external contexts as Natasha has done.“
Paul Broom, Director of Political Affairs
British High Commission Singapore