Season 2: Episode 5: Women’s History Month and Advocacy with Himaja Nagireddy and London Bell

London J. Bell is a native Detroiter, a lawyer, community organizer, activist, and humanitarian with specific educational training in international human rights law and policy and international business and trade law. London has focused her career advocating for policy changes on behalf of diverse communities. London is a 2020 African Descent Fellow for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), a highly competitive fellowship to advance the human rights of people of African descent globally.

She is the Founder and President of Bell Global Justice Institute, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in metro Detroit focused on advancing and promoting the human rights of women and girls.

London is a member of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) and serves as a 2020-2022 UNA-USA National Council Member (Great Lakes Region). In addition, London serves as the 2020-2022 National Co-Chair for UNA Women, an affinity group for UNA-USA. London has served as a UNA-USA Delegate for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. London also represents UNA-USA as a Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security (U.S. CSWG). 

Himaja Nagireddy, from Acton MA, is a Northeast Region representative on the UNA-USA National Council and serves as the Co-Chair of UNA Women, where she advocates for and leads programming on gender equity for campus and community chapter members nationally. She also serves as a UNA-USA representative on the Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security at the US Institute of Peace. Himaja is currently an MS candidate in Environmental Health Epidemiology at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health pursuing a concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2020 with degrees in Physiology & Neurobiology (BS), Molecular & Cell Biology (BS), and Sociology (BA), and minors in Bioinformatics and Chemistry.

London is passionate about advocating for gender equity, LGBTQI rights and Disability rights. In addition to advocating for policy changes to advance and promote human rights, she also works within local Detroit area communities to increase the knowledge and fluency of the United Nations. London is passionate about building awareness around the international human rights framework and mechanisms local citizens can use to advance grassroots movements. London earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She also earned her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International

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