Founder & Executive Director
Tanya Henderson is an international human rights lawyer whose work has focused on women’s rights and empowerment; peace and security; and women’s political participation through U.S. policy, international multi-lateral agencies, civil society, and coalition building among global women political leaders. In 2014, Tanya founded Mina’s List, with the mission to realize women’s equal and substantive political representation globally. Mina’s List has run multiple training programs for women political leaders in Afghanistan and Nigeria and has provided strategic support for women civil society organizations in DRC, Colombia, Guatemala, Morocco, Mongolia, Nepal, Cameroon and Syria Prior to starting Mina's List, Tanya was the Policy Director for Women's Action for New Directions, (WAND) where she helped draft the Women, Peace and Security Act which was signed into U.S. law in October 2017, and previously, as the U.S. National Director for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Tanya was involved in the development of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (U.S. NAP), introduced by President Obama through Executive Order in December 2011. As a gender and legal consultant, Tanya provided gender training for political parties and aspiring candidates in Lebanon in 2012, 2019 and 2020, and worked in Ethiopia as part of a research team in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School, researching and drafting policy related to gender inequality, economic development and health. Her work has been published in the Journal of Politics and Law and the International Journal of Women’s Health, as well as other print and social media outlets. She received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Massachusetts Boston, her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School and pursued her Master’s of Law (LL.M) in international law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has also earned several certificates in mediation and conflict negotiation. Since 2011, Tanya has been an active member and served in a leadership role for the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (U.S. CSWG).