Who are we?

Women included

is a transnational feminist association, based on a coop of writers who address the links between the news and the complexity of societal reality.
Our purpose is to bring a transnational feminist vision to the resolution of problems faced by women worldwide. The concept of transnationalism is used to highlight the interconnection of women’s lives and women’s experiences beyond borders and classical institutional structures. Transnationalism differs from internationalism and globalization inasmuch as it critiques globalized gendered racialization.
A transnational feminist approach transforms a world of borders and checkpoints into a world of alliances and cooperation.
Why is a transnational feminist alliance important? Such a link makes people locked in enmity buttressed by economic politics to see beyond separation and otherness.

Our team

Brigitte Marti

Brigitte Marti

Writer & Researcher

Brigitte Marti is co-founder of Women Included. She is an organizer researcher. She was part of the Leadership Conference for Health Care Reform, she was Co-chair of the Maryland chapter of PNHP from 2006 to 2009. She has worked on reproductive rights and women's health initiatives In 2014 she worked on the bill to stop shackling pregnant women in Maryland while incarcerated: CORRECTIONAL SERVICES – HEALTHY BIRTHS FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN ACT. She designed a documentary to be part of the campaign: Stop Shackling Pregnant Women in Maryland. She was chief editor of a feminist publication and published numerous articles in France and in the United States in: Women In and Beyond the Global.

Pramila Venkateswaran

Pramila Venkateswaran

Poet, writter & scholar

Pramila Venkateswaran is co-founder of Women Included, poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island (2013-15) and co-director of Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival, is the author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002) Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich Press, 2015), Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016), and The Singer of Alleppey (Shanti Arts, 2018). She has performed her poetry internationally, including at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Festival Internacional De Poesia De Granada. She offers poetry workshops in the tri-state area; in addition, she leads a writing-to-heal workshop for breast cancer survivors. An award winning poet, she teaches English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, New York. Author of numerous essays on poetics as well as creative non-fiction, she is also the 2011 Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year.

Stéphanie Lotz

Stéphanie Lotz

Graphic artist / Photographer

Stephanie likes to observe what surrounds her. Beings and their creations, nature and its revelations, details and meanings. Photography has naturally been invited in her life, the look can be translated, fixed in timelessness

Elaine Molinaro

Elaine Molinaro

Theater director, scholar

Elaine is the founder and Artistic Director of Culture Connection Theater based in Montclair, New Jersey in the USA, whose mission is to connect people of different countries through culture with a focus on plays by women. She serves as president of the Montclair Arts Alliance and immediate past chair of the Montclair Arts Advisory Committee. She is an officer of the Women and Theatre Program (WTP) for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the coordinator of WTP's Jane Chambers Women's Playwriting Contest. In 2019 and 2020, Elaine has attended the Paris des Femmes theatre festival. Her article on the festival will be published in Theatre Journal. 

Racha Haffar

Racha Haffar

Researcher & Journalist

Racha Haffar is an award-winning women’s rights and anti-human trafficking activist. She has a ten-years track-record of advocacy activities against gender-based violence and a 7-years track-record of advocacy activities against modern-day slavery and has founded the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia: “Not 4 Trade.” She also founded the Youth Against Slavery Movement in the USA.

Mona Ayoub

Mona Ayoub

Artist, Advocate

Mona Ayoub is a Lebanese Ghanaian human rights activist and visual artist. She is passionate about ending gender-based violence and human trafficking. She is an advocate for refugees, migrants, and survivors of domestic violence. Her work centers around empowerment through writing, education, permaculture, language, art, and art installation. Her art and art installations explore stories of war, gender-based violence, Arab women, and Islam.

Laureen Tsosie-Rusek

Laureen Tsosie-Rusek

E-commerce business Owner / Graphic artist

Laureen Tsosie-Rusek is a member of the Navajo Tribe, USA. She is a graphic designer and business owner - www.abeeghasolutions.com. Her new hobby is creative writing. All of her creative ideas come when she walks her dog and when she goes hiking. She is an active member of Long Island Multicultural Solidarity Friendship Group and one of the facilitators. She is one of the original Photo Retouchers before digital photo retouching became popular. She has retouched pictures of Georgia O’Keeffe and of Indian Motorcycles in the 90’s during the rebranding. She has done transparency retouching and photo retouching for several magazines. She also had a photo restoration business. She has won three national awards for photo retouching.