The Voice Team

Mendy Marsh
Co-Founder and Executive
Director of VOICE
Emma Fulu
VOICE Co-founder and Executive Director of The Equality Institute

The women and girls of the cause

All the work we do is for the women and girls across the globe affected by discrimination, inequality, and violence.

Violence against women and girls is prevalent in every corner of the world. It’s the one universal constant women and girls experience, regardless of where they are born or live.

VOICE’s work is centered on approaching this epidemic from a different angle.

We start by respecting the experiences of the women and girls in conflict and disaster settings across the globe and forge the path they’ve already laid that leads to a world free of violence.

We make space for refugee, displaced, migrant, and indigenous women and girls to lead the conversation for change themselves. Drawing from and building up local women- and girl-led leaders is what we do. Because it’s the right thing to do.

History

VOICE was born from the belief that our world would benefit from more organizations –taking a distinctly feminist approach – to lead work in the prevention of violence against women and girls. Once a little idea to drive big change, VOICE is grounded in local engagement but aims to set a global agenda: make the world a safer, more equal place for women and girls.

Like her mother, Co-Founder and Executive Director Mendy Marsh always knew she would live a life of service. Mendy’s mother was a trailblazer, working in a male-dominated industry in a conservative town, fighting for her rights in the workplace and helping women gain access to services and leadership positions.

Mendy was a fierce young girl living in a patriarchal household, and, probably, she knew already at age seven that she was going to work on addressing violence against women and girls for the rest of her life. Like women and girls all over the world, Mendy had multiple experiences that illustrated to her that the world needed to change in terms of equality between women and men. For the last 20 years, Mendy has been working in conflict and disaster affected situations with women and girls.

Co-Founder Emma Fulu had the same vision.

Emma can’t remember a time when she didn’t feel a strong urge to be of service to humanity. As she got older, that urge intensified. As a woman of color, she didn’t always feel accepted growing up in Australia and her awareness of the politics of race, gender and diversity grew out of her lived experience. After completing her degree in Gender and Development, she went to the Maldives where part of her family is from. There, she began working on violence against women, leading the first national prevalence study on women’s health and domestic violence in the country.

Her experience of hearing from thousands of women across the country about the violence that they endured made her want to build a world where men and women are equal, everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and women and girls live up to their greatest potential.

All the work VOICE does is for the women and girls across the globe affected by discrimination, inequality, and violence.

VOICE’s work is centered on approaching this epidemic from a different angle.

We start by respecting the experiences of the women and girls in conflict and disaster settings across the globe and forge the path they’ve already laid that leads to a world free of violence.

We make space for refugee, displaced, migrant, and indigenous women and girls to lead the conversation for change themselves. Drawing from and building up local women- and girl-led leaders is what we do. Because it’s the right thing to do and the most effective way to create meaningful change.

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MENDY MARSH

Co-Founder and Executive Director of VOICE

Mendy Marsh is a feminist social entrepreneur and campaigner who works worldwide to end violence against women and girls in humanitarian crises.

Mendy is a pioneer in promoting the empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian contexts.

She is the co-founder and Executive Director of VOICE, a groundbreaking organization that works with women and girls in conflict and disaster settings to promote equality and leadership opportunities as well as eradicate the violence against them.

A recognized industry expert, she led UNICEF’s program to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in humanitarian crises.

She drove the creation of a global team of recognized experts that trained and mentored over 3,500 people on preventing and responding to risks of VAWG across 18 countries.

Mendy has master’s degrees in Public Health and in Social Work from Columbia University. She is the author of several articles on reproductive health, and the prevention and response to sexual violence in conflict settings.

Mendy lives in New York but will often be found travelling the globe. She is a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie fan and loves reading books from feminist warriors, playing with her son and throwing weights around the gym.

EMMA FULU

VOICE Co-founder and Executive Director of The Equality Institute

Emma Fulu is a social entrepreneur, feminist activist and leading voice on ending violence against women and girls worldwide.

Following a decade of experience in the field, Emma founded The Equality Institute, a feminist research and creatives agency working to enable women and girls to live free from violence and discrimination.

Emma has pioneered global research on gender-based violence all over the world, including for the United Nations and the £25 million DFID-funded What Works to Prevent Violence initiative.

She is the co-founder of VOICE, a groundbreaking organization that works with women and girls in conflict and disaster settings to promote equality and leadership opportunities as well as eradicate the violence against them.

A global expert on gender-based violence, she has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, has published widely in academic journals including The Lancet and is the author of Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, Gender and Islam in the Maldives. Emma also writes about motherhood, feminism and creativity in her personal blog, I Am Not Superwoman.

A self-confessed shoe addict, Emma lives in Melbourne, Australia with her 3 young children. When she has a spare second you’ll find Emma trying a new Ottolenghi recipe or re-centering herself at a yoga class.