Joanna Manganara

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Joanna Manganara
14th President of the International Alliance of Women
Assumed office
Preceded byLyda Verstegen
Vice President for Europe of the International Alliance of Women
In office
Preceded byRosy Weiss
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Kent, University of Geneva

Joanna Manganara is a Greek diplomat, women's rights activist, and the incumbent President of the International Alliance of Women (IAW,) which is the oldest still-existing international women's organization.[1] She is also its Chief Representative to the United Nations.[citation needed] She served as Minister-Counselor for human rights at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1980 to 2005.

She served as the IAW's Vice President for Europe from 2004 to 2013, and was elected President on 11 September 2013 at the IAW's triennial congress in London, making her the overseer of more than 50 affiliated organizations worldwide.[citation needed] She is also a member of the Executive Board of the European Women's Lobby, and a board member of the Greek Council for Refugees and the Hellenic National Committee for UNICEF.[2][3] She is also President of the Movement of Citizens of Kolonaki, a town in her native Greece. This movement seeks to provide fair rights to its citizens, via the organization of protests outside of local politicians homes.[4]

She was a lecturer at Panteion University from 1970 to 1982. She holds an MA in sociology from the University of Kent, and a licence degree from the University of Geneva. She is also a graduate of Pierce College.[5]


  1. ^ "International Alliance of Women (IAW) ... Herstory in the Making: Pt 1". Women's History Network. 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  2. ^ "International Alliance of Women". Archived from the original on 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
  3. ^ "European Women's Lobby Européen des femmes : Conseil d'administration 2012-2014". Retrieved 2013-01-14.
  4. ^ "Athens: Citizens jeer Deputy Prime Minister (videos)". Keep Talking Greece. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  5. ^ "NGO Committee on the status of women" (PDF). November 3–5, 2014.CS1 maint: date format (link)