Aubrey Shayler is the Founder and the CEO of International Women’s Initiative, a global women’s human rights organisation, which addresses issues such as reproductive and medical rights, freedom from violence, education and other fundamental human rights. Aubrey is an untiring and excellent advocate for women’s rights and uses her skills in leadership and management, in programmes and projects development, digital communication, strategy, as well as budget and financial control to efficiently lead the organisation with its numerous volunteers and staff. Aubrey has organised multiple events, lectures, and fundraising initiatives to support international maternal health programmes. Dedicated to women and safe birthing, she created the Safe Birthing Programme which successfully launched in Amolatar District of northern Uganda, and has worked to expand the programme to two additional locations. One of many goals of the programme is to improve women’s access to maternal care prior to, during, and after the birth of their children. Throughout her life, Aubrey has shown a complete dedication to women’s rights. Aubrey has worked for over twenty years to ensure that women have continued legal access to abortions, first as a volunteer facilitating women’s clinical access to safe procedures with Dr George Tiller, and then by becoming a staff member.
The common theme unifying her efforts has been bringing into focus the need for all women to have access to their human rights. She has provided through IWI, a powerful voice for women to speak their truths. Harnessing their talents and motivating her staff and volunteers, Aubrey Shayler is giving a new meaning to dignity for women. IWI has become a symbol for women’s empowerment, and every activity of the organisation has been implemented to ensure women everywhere live their lives on their own terms.