Ritu is a part time Program Manager with DAWN Worldwide. She works closely with DAWN’s core team to develop strategy, and organizational structure, to ensure that DAWN’s vision, and mission is aligned with program goals and objectives. She has been responsible for the implementation of DAWN’s goals and objectives since 2016.
Ritu is committed to and has worked on Gender Based/Human rights issues since the 1990’s. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Policy from the University of Antwerp. She was the Executive Director for Kiran Inc ( that serves South Asian survivors of Domestic Violence) for about 2 years. As part of the Kiran Board for the past 12 years , she is responsible for the overall oversight and maintaining its core values and programming. Ritu started her career in the Women’s Rights arena since 1998 with a long stint at InterAct as the Outreach and Training Director. She has lived, studied and worked in India, Australia and Belgium.
Rowena Kay Mascarenhas
Rowena is Communications Adviser to DAWN Worldwide. She has two decades of cross-sectoral global exposure, spearheading the communications and marketing functions at for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Her expertise and skills cover communications strategy, public-private partnerships, digital marketing, storytelling, and the ability to forge productive relationships with diverse stakeholders and build community. Rowena holds a Masters in Management Studies, and a double Bachelors – B.Ed-SE and B.Comm. She has earned a Certificate in Social Innovation (2020) from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington and received a Women in Leadership Award (2021) from the WILL Forum for championing the cause of marginalized women in inner cities and remote rural areas. Her other certifications include ADHD Strategies for Elementary Students from SUNY, Breaking Down Barriers: RTE from the University of Glasgow, and Gender Equality and Development from the WB.
She feels very lucky to have the opportunity of supporting DAWN Worldwide’s mission to forge a more humane world that is safe for women and girls.