Anya Cherneff

b. 1983

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Anya Cherneff until we are able to commission a full entry.

Opponent of human trafficking and founder of Empower Generation, Anya Cherneff.

Photography by Bennett Cohen.

A longtime opponent of human trafficking, Anya Cherneff found a new way to literally empower women in Nepal by founding Empower Generation to teach women and girls to become clean energy entrepreneurs. Cherneff earned a degree in anthropology from Columbia in 2005 and a master’s in international human rights from the University of Denver in 2010. During this time she also worked for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and served as founder and associate director of the Human Trafficking Clinic. It was through this work that Cherneff began considering ways to help women find stable, value-adding employment opportunities to reduce their vulnerability to being exploited by traffickers. In 2011 she co-founded Empower Generation, which enables women and girls to distribute solar light and power to improve the quality of life in their rural communities.

Anya Cherneff is a grantee of the Jewish Women’s Fund of New York (JWFNY), and is featured as part of a partnership between JWA and JWFNY spotlighting Jewish women social entrepreneurs.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Anya Cherneff." (Viewed on April 22, 2024) <>.