The Unidas Women’s Network is controlled by the non-profit association Unidas and an advisory board, which currently consists of 11 women from Latin America and the Caribbean and 11 women from Germany who advice the association on strategic issues. The day-to-day tasks of the Network are undertaken by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as the coordinating body.


The Unidas Women’s Network bundles its activities in thematic or national groups coordinated by Nodal Points. Nodal Points are particularly committed members, mostly from countries with a large active membership base. In an honorary capacity, they support the communication and the exchange of information between members and thematic or regional groups of the network, organize activities and coordinate group meetings.

Natalia Gherardi, Punto Nodal de Argentina

Natalia Gherardi, Punto Nodal de ArgentinaNatalia Gherardi is an Argentine lawyer who holds a degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She has been CEO of ELA – Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género – since 2007. She also teaches at the University of Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional de Lanús and the Universidad Nacional de la Plata and has published on the topics of work, care policy, sexual and reproductive rights, and violence against women.

Andrea Dip, Punto Nodal de Brasil

Andrea Dip, Punto Nodal de BrasilAndrea Dip is director and editor at Agência Pública of Investigative Journalism in Brazil. Founded in 2011 by women reporters, Pública is the first nonprofit investigative journalism agency in Brazil. Andrea has worked with journalism focused on human rights since 2001 and received 13 journalism awards for Human Rights coverages. In 2018, she published her first book "Em nome de quem? A bancada evangélica e seu projeto de poder" (In whose name? The Evangelical Political Bench and Its Power Project). Maintains a weekly column at UOL and researches gender, politics and the advancement of religious fundamentalism in Latin America. Andrea Dip is also a Cosecha Roja fellow editor in Narrative, Gender, Violence and Youth.

Olga Amparo Sánchez, Punto Nodal de Colombia

Olga Amparo Sánchez, Punto Nodal de ColombiaResearcher, social worker and feminist activist, with advanced training in Population Studies and Senior State Management. Experience in university teaching in the areas of research, public policy and social development. Author of research, essays and articles related to women's rights, peace and militarism. National Director for Women's Equity, 1995-1998. Colombian Government Delegate to the Inter-American Commission of Women, OAS, Washington. Delegate of the Colombian Government to the UNESCO meeting on the human genome, Paris. Delegate of the Colombian Government to the meeting of the Andean Parliament, Venezuela. Vice-President of the National Planning Council, 1994-1995.

Rita María García Morris, Punto Nodal de Cuba

Executive Director of the Christian Center for Reflection and Dialogue Cuba. It is an organization of Christian principles. Promotes spirituality, human dignity, and conflict resolution. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. She is also a Presbyterian Ruler of the Reformed Presbyterian Reformed Church of Cardenas.

María Elena López Chávez, Punto Nodal Ecuador

María Elena López ChávezCo-founder of RAWoman, a women's foundation created to inspire more women to become leaders in their communities and to get involved in diversity advocacy. Commercial Engineer and entrepreneur with extensive experience in management, projects, planning, human resources, auditing, and co-ordination. Ability to work with diverse groups, developing business plans, and staffing programs. Verbal and written communication abilities, problem solving skills, bilingual (Spanish/English), highly motivated, professional demeanour and enthusiastic attitude.

Sonia Acabal, Punto Nodal de Guatemala

Sonia Acabal, Punto Nodal de GuatemalaHuman rights defender and part of the Red de la No Violencia contra las Mujeres RED-NOVI, a collective of women's rights organizations in Guatemala. The Network was founded following the murder of activist Dinora Perez on April 29, 1991. The Network develops programs and promotes the strengthening of coordination among the different women's rights organizations.



Anja Kersten, Punto Nodal de México

Anja Kersten, Punto Nodal de MéxicoHello everyone! I am Anja Kersten, German diplomat in Mexico. For the initial phase, the German embassy in Mexico would like to participate and activate the potential of this women's network, that's why I am happy to be the Nodal Point for you in Mexico. I work in the political section of the embassy and came to Mexico in 2018. I am delighted to be part of this network.




Florencia Pagola, Punto Nodal de Uruguay

Florencia Pagola, Punto Nodal de UruguayWriter and freelance journalist. Degree in Communication Sciences (FIC/UDELAR). She has collaborated with numerous digital media and human rights organizations in Latin America. Currently with La diaria and Pikara Magazine, formerly with Distintas Latitudes. She specializes in human rights, gender and feminism agenda; and in narrative journalism and chronicles. Participated in journalism workshops with Leila Guerriero and Marcela Turati. Coordinates the independent media Kaja Negra.




Johanna Pieper, Nodal Point Germany

Johanna Pieper, Punto Nodal de AlemaniaGerman-Peruvian Research Fellow and Doctoral Researcher in Political Science at the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies in Hamburg. At the GIGA Institute, Johanna is part of a research team working on implemented policies on violence against women, particularly in the domestic sphere, during the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America. Her other research areas include policy efforts on child labor and social protection mechanisms for children and informal workers in Latin America.