Lily Dong Li Rosengard

Lily Dong Li Rosengard (they/them) is ILGA World’s Senior Officer on Gender Identity & Gender Expression.

Lily began their advocacy as a student activist. They have over a decade of experience in gender justice, human rights, and intersectional feminist movements. Prior to joining ILGA World, Lily worked at Plan International, a gender equality INGO in over 80 countries. Lily was the Global Education Policy and Advocacy Specialist, leading on gender-transformative education for social justice. Before that, Lily led youth advocacy for Plan’s United Nations New York team, working with multi-sectoral partners to ensure meaningful and ethical inclusion of girls and young women in all their diversity at the UN. Lily initiated Plan’s youth-led policy approach to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in partnership with youth activists from across West and East Africa and the Middle East. Lily also led Plan’s engagement with the Independent Expert on SOGI, through a ‘Queer Youth Dialogue’. Lily was elected to Plan’s global Anti-Racism & Equity Council and was a member of the LGBTQIA+ Champions Network working on SOGIESC advocacy.

Prior, Lily worked in Hanoi, Vietnam, on an Australian DFAT-funded Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme, and at GenPol: a Gender Policy Think Tank. In 2020, Lily was selected to be on the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory for CIVICUS: the global civil society alliance. 

Lily holds a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Political Science: Human Rights from University College London, where they focused on gender, LGBTQIA+ rights and mental health as a human right.

Lily is the co-founder of Community Care Collective, a global grassroots activist network that centres radical love and community care at the heart of the social justice movement, whilst ending taboo and shame around mental health and mental illness and other intersecting topics typically stigmatised in society. 

Outside of work, Lily is a writer and poet, often on topics of intersectionality, queerness, mixed-raced identity, and mental health. Lily also loves climbing, cats, and craftivism.