July 23, 2009
Zulma Miranda Ortiz
Zulma is an international human rights lawyer with over 20 years of experience as an activist for social change. She has established landmark legal precedents in domestic and international forums and spearheaded several successful efforts where the application of international law was used to ensure the rights of women in national jurisdictions. In her private practice she provides counsel and leads initiatives for a diverse group of global leaders and advocates, international ngos, and at the UN. She serves as external ambassador for a wide range of clients engaging key partners and institutions, and participates at influential forums to expand networks and achieve goals. Her passion lies in working with global women leaders – from the peace table to the boardroom - and equipping them with legal tools and expertise to lead with wisdom and confidence. As a philanthropic advisor, she has raised millions of dollars for national and social justice initiatives and has led global campaigns on the implementation of human rights and equality law in national jurisdictions. Zulma speaks and writes widely on international law and gender equality, and the use of media and technology as tools for social change. She is a member of the National Association of Women’s Lawyers; the New York City Bar Association, International Human Rights Committee; and the American Society of International Law.
She has worked with the ACLU; Burma Lawyers’ Council; Equality Now; Global Justice Center; International Women’s Human Rights Clinic; Women’s League of Burma; Humanas; Women’s Link Worldwide and led initiatives with Amnesty International; Human Rights First; Human Rights Watch; UNIFEM/UN Women; and the UN Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.