Najah is the inclusion and protection, gender advisor for Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), where she works on mainstreaming gender across IRW’s offices around the globe. Over the past 3 years Najah has participated in drawing a strategic direction for inclusion and protection that meets organisational commitments globally. She coordinates and liaises with different organisational departments and country offices to ensure gender and gender-based violence response and prevention is at the core of IRW’s programmes in both humanitarian and development contexts. She works on providing remote technical support as well as field on the job training, and building the capacity of staff on gender justice, inclusion and protection and gender based violence. Her work within IRW is influenced by the faith-based nature of the organisation, and is derived from the universal sectorial standards and approaches.
Najah is also co-chairing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G) working group in the Gender and development network, which brings together UK based NGOs working with partners worldwide towards gender equality. Previously, Najah worked on Women’s Economic Empowerment through,micro-financing in Yemen leading the national network for microfinance institutions. She holds a MSc degree in Development Administration and Planning from UCL, focusing her thesis on faith-based organisations approaches to respond to gender-based violence.
Danielle Cornish-Spencer works in London with Social Development Direct as a Senior Technical Specialist. She is currently working with the Girls Education Challenge as their Safeguarding Lead.
Danielle has worked in Gender, GBV, child protection, protection of refugee populations and in Safeguarding in humanitarian and development contexts, across four continents, since 2006.
Saa Eric Dentor is Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF in New York. Eric’s main role focuses on supporting gender-based violence in emergencies (GBViE) programming around the world. Eric has over 14 years of professional experience on gender-based violence (GBV) and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA). Eric previously worked for UNICEF in South Sudan and Ethiopia as Child Protection Specialist where he contributed to the integration of GBViE prevention, risk mitigation and response across UNICEF’s sections and clusters.
Prior to joining UNICEF South Sudan in 2015, Eric also worked in Guinea, Liberia, Haiti, Burundi and Ethiopia on GBV and PSEA with different international humanitarian organisations including the American Refugee Committee (ARC), Child Fund International, War Child Canada, International Rescue Committee (IRC), and International Medical Corps (IMC) respectively. Eric is a member of the GBV Area of Responsibility Community of Practice (AoR CoP) and one of the global mentors for the Managing GBV in emergencies (MGBViE) learning initiative for emerging GBV specialists, supported by International Medical Corps.
Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno is a physician from Mexico with a masters in community medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has over 25 years of experience in health care delivery, research and policy, working in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Increasingly her work has focused on sexual and reproductive health, women’s health and gender in health.
For the last 15 years Claudia has been leading the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) work on gender and women’s health, violence against women and HIV/AIDS in women and girls and currently leads the team on Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO. She is coordinator of the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, a large research initiative involving now over 15 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She is a founder and Leadership Council member of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), and is on the Steering Committee of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS.
Kate Latimir is a Humanitarian Advisor with the UK Department for International Development, specialising in the prevention of violence against women and girls and gender-responsive humanitarian action. She has over ten years international experience establishing and managing protection, GBV and health programmes in emergency and development contexts. Kate has previously worked with the UN Refugee Agency, the Red Cross Movement and a number of international non-governmental organisations in the field of protection, gender equality, sexual and reproductive health. She has lived and worked in Ecuador, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Ukraine and the Horn of Africa.
Sarah Martin has over 20 years of experience in research, advocacy, training and project management with international organisations. She specialises in strengthening gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response in humanitarian settings. She has had a number of positions including the GBV Area of Responsibility’s Regional Emergency GBV Advisor for Asia and the Pacific and Senior Gender Capacity Advisor for UNHCR for the Syrian Refugee Response in Jordan. As a consultant, her clients have included the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the Small Arms Survey, many UN agencies and other international NGOs. She currently moderates the global GBV Community of Practice and is a Lead Associate with Gender Associations International.
She is the author of several papers and reports including: “Mind the Gap between Gender in Humanitarian Action and Women, Peace and Security: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the Relief and Recovery Pillar of UNSC 1325” in the Oxford Handbook for Women, Peace, and Security, Current State of GBV Response Capacity in Emergencies, Core Competencies for GBV in Emergencies Program Managers and Coordinators, and Must Boys be Boys? Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers.
Tina is currently the Executive Director of CEDOVIP, a leading Ugandan Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) prevention organisation known for its ground breaking SASA! work on community mobilisation for preventing VAWG, and recently adapting SASA! for commercial sex exploitation of children and female genital mutilation (FGM) prevention. Tina’s has focused on VAW prevention and evaluation in the East and Central African Region. She was the Community Prevention Expert Consultant on VAWG Helpdesk: Strengthening Prevention of Gender Based Violence in Rwanda- the ‘Indashikirwa’ programme, and recently consulted on the design of the World Bank Uganda Gender Based Violence prevention and response interventions to be developed under the EMERGE project. She is also a member of the Community for Understanding Scale Up (CUSP) and Coalition Of Feminists for Social Change (COFEM).
Tina is a social development feminist with particular expertise in gender issues, violence against women programming in the sub-Saharan region and holds an MA in Sociology from Makerere University. She brings 15 years of professional experience focused on VAW programme development and implementation, advocacy for law reform and implementation, training and providing technical support to effective implementation of VAW prevention programmes. She has worked with diverse stakeholders, including bilateral donor agencies, UN agencies, international and national NGOs, national consultants and leading academic institutions, justice law and order sector, local governments and policy makers and maintains a very close working relationship with Raising Voices.
Jeanne Ward is an internationally recognised expert on Violence Against Women (VAW) and Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). She provides technical leadership, training, assessment and evaluation support to UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs/Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and government partners in developing and improving VAW-related research, policies, systems, and programmes, as well as in improving institutional and system-wide capacity to address SEA.
Jeanne is currently based in the United States after spending over 15 years overseas, and having consulted to over 30 countries around the world. She is the author of numerous publications on VAW, and has developed globally disseminated tools and guidelines. For example, she led the revisions to the 2005 global guidelines on Gender-based Violence (GBV) for humanitarian settings (2015); drafted a comprehensive web tool for UN Women on designing, implementing and monitoring VAWG programming in humanitarian settings (2012); and wrote the first-ever comprehensive guidelines on coordinating GBV in humanitarian settings (2010). She was also responsible for developing the first global PSEA training tools for managers and focal points. She has taught at Smith College, Columbia University and University College Dublin.
Mary Scheree Lynn V. Herrera works in the Phillippines as a Senior Consultant for Humanity Research Consultancy, focused on modern slavery. She is also a gender and GBV Technical Specialist with Voluntary Service Overseas International.
Scheree has more than six years of work experience in the field of legislative and policy advocacy focused on gender equality, women’s rights and gender based violence; eight years in development and humanitarian programming on GBV and youth protection in emergencies; and four years innovating within the disaster risk reduction space.
She is also a former HIF grantee, having worked on a project focused on capturing the impact of GBViE interventions in the Philippines from 2011 to 2019.
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