ISGBViE 2018 Lecturers

International School on Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies.

Ursula Barry

Current role:  Associate Professor, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.  Ursula is Head of Subject: Women’s Studies, and co-director of the UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms & Sexualities

Ursula Barry is Associate Professor in social economics and gender studies in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD. Ursula has wide ranging experience as a researcher and policy analyst in the area of gender equality in Ireland, the EU and globally. Ursula is currently the Irish representative on the EU Research Network on Scientific Analysis and Advice on Gender Equality (SAAGE). Ursula has published widely on the economic and social situation of women in Ireland her recent publications include Discourses on Foetal Rights and Women’s Embodiment in Abortion Papers Ireland (eds) Quilty, A., et al. Cork University Press (2015), and a chapter in Economics and Austerity in Europe – gendered impacts (eds) Bargawni, H., et al. Routledge, London (2017).

Mary McAuliffe

Current role:  Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD; specialising in Irish women’s / gender history.

Mary McAuliffe is an Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD.  She holds a PhD from the School of History and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin and lectures on the UCD Gender Studies programmes at University College Dublin. Her latest publications were We were there; 77 women of the Easter Rising (co-written with Liz Gillis) and Kerry 1916; Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising on which she was co-editor. She was also co-editor of Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland. She was the historical consultant on two major 2016 commemorative projects; Richmond Barracks and the Royal College of Surgeons. She was also on the advisory committee of the National Museum of Ireland 1916 Exhibition. She is past President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (2011-2014) and a committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians. Her latest research includes a forthcoming biography of Margaret Skinnider (UCD Press, late 2018), and a major research project on gendered and sexual violence during the Irish revolutionary period, 1919-1923.

Jessica Gorham

Current role: Regional Emergency GBV Advisor (REGA), GBV Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR)

Jessica Gorham is a gender-based violence expert with 13 years of international development, management and GBV programming and coordination experience.  She has worked with refugees and internally displaced persons in post conflict settings such as South Sudan, Liberia, Burundi, Somalia and Guinea among many others.  Jessica also has 4 years of US based case management and research experience in child protection.  She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Social Work.

Currently, she is the Regional Emergency GBV Advisor (REGA) who covers East and Southern Africa on behalf of the Global GBV AoR, the global UN-led forum for GBV coordination in emergencies.  She provides expertise and tailored support to governments and UN actors including GBV sub-clusters and GBV coordinators, HCTs and program staff, NGOs, government partners, and national partners.

Jessica designed and leads on the implementation of the Certificate course on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies at the University of Nairobi’s, Institute for Gender, Anthropology and African Studies, which informed the design and development of the ‘International Summer School on Gender-based Violence in Emergencies’.

Siobhán Foran

Current role: Gender in Emergencies Coordinator, CARE International

Siobhán Foran has 17 years’ humanitarian experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Equality Studies from University College Dublin where her final thesis was ‘When Sexism Kills: Conflict-Related Gender-Based Violence’.

She is currently the Gender in Emergences Coordinator at CARE International. In this role, Siobhán leads and coordinates the integration of gender and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and mitigation and the mainstreaming of best practices and standards to promote gender equality and the protection, empowerment and voice of women and girls into CARE’s humanitarian operations.

Since 2001, Siobhán has worked with a number NGOs and international organisations including GOAL, Première Urgence, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, the Norwegian Refugee Council (IASC GenCap Project, seconded to UNFPA, UNOCHA, FAO and IOM), UN Women, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and, since April 2017, CARE International.

Before joining CARE International, Siobhán was the Global Gender & Diversity Coordinator with the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva and Head of UN Women’s Humanitarian Unit in New York. Between 2007 and 2012, Siobhán was an interagency Gender and GBV Adviser with the IASC GenCap Project and deployed to the Central African Republic, Iraq, Pakistan, Kenya, Afghanistan and South Sudan, as well as working for three years as the Global Adviser with the IASC Global Clusters in Geneva.

Megan Nobert

Current role: GBV in Emergencies Specialist, Rapid Response Team, CARE Canada. Founder and Former Director, Report the Abuse.

Megan Nobert is a Canadian born legal professional and academic specialised in international criminal law and human rights. Trained as a lawyer in Canada, and currently qualifying in New York State, she has worked with the prosecution’s offices at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Court.
Megan is also a humanitarian, having worked in in the Gaza Strip, Jordan and South Sudan on issues of humanitarian law and gender-based violence. While in South Sudan in 2015, she was sexually assaulted by another humanitarian, and this led to her going public in Buzzfeed and the Guardian about her experience in July 2015.

This experience inspired her to start Report the Abuse, on 19 August 2015, whose mandate was to break down the silence on sexual violence against humanitarian aid workers. Although Report the Abuse ceased operations on 20 August 2017, due to a lack of sustainable funding streams, during its short period of operations it broke down considerable barriers within the humanitarian community: inspiring survivors of sexual violence to speak up and creating the first good practices tools to assist humanitarian organisations address sexual violence against their staff.

Currently, Megan is bringing her voice and experience to CARE, as their new Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies Specialist for the Rapid Response Team. She continues to use her experience to support efforts internally and globally to combat sexual violence in the workplace, sexual violence in conflict, and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Maureen Murphy

Current role: Research Scientist with the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University.

Maureen Murphy is a Research Scientist with the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University.  Previously, she has worked with numerous international non-governmental organizations, including the American Red Cross, the American Refugee Committee, and GOAL Ireland. Prior to this, she worked with the Child Protection in Crisis Network based at Columbia University to coordinate locally driven child protection and gender-based violence research projects in Africa and Asia.

Maureen holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at the George Washington University. She has a professional interest in improving monitoring and evaluation in complex emergencies, particularly in the realm of gender-based violence and reproductive health programming. She is a published author on a variety of gender-based violence and reproductive health topics.

Sinéad McGrath

Current role: PhD Researcher at UCD SPIRE

Sinead McGrath is a current Irish Research Council Employment-Based Scholar and doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) in University College Dublin. She is researching Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Colombia to identify the factors influencing internally displaced women and female refugees in reclaiming agency within these post-conflict mechanisms. Sinéad also lectures on Migration & Development and Conflict & Development modules in Maynooth University.

Sinead holds a BA in Spanish and Italian from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, as part of the Rotary Peace Fellowship Programme.

Sinéad has worked extensively in Latin America with migrant communities in Brazil and Argentina. She has worked in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in San Jose, Costa Rica and Geneva, Switzerland researching the Detention of Asylum Seekers in the Americas and Gender-Based Violence respectively. In addition, she has a particular interest in migration in the Mediterranean region as she has lived and worked in Spain, Italy, Libya and France, where she researched Gender-Related Persecution and Asylum Law. She has also done some work in the Irish Refugee Council as a Caseworker and the World Food Program on Gender Issues.

Deirdre Campbell

Current role: Gender-Based Violence and HIV Advisor, Trócaire

Deirdre Campbell is the Gender-Based Violence and HIV Advisor at Trócaire. She supports the on-going development and implementation of proven strategies for addressing both GBV and HIV, that are based on sound technical knowledge and organisational research findings to achieve best practice and outcomes for people living with GBV and/or HIV and its impacts.

She holds an MSC in International Health and Development from Queen Margaret University College.

She has extensive work experience addressing GBV. She worked as Coordinator for the Irish Consortium on Gender-Based Violence (ICGBV). The ICGBV is an Irish based alliance of International human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, including International NGOs, Irish Aid and The Irish Defence Forces. She also worked with Women’s Aid, a leading national organisation working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children.

Jeanne Ward

Current role: Global Consultant on addressing VAWG in humanitarian and development settings

Jeanne Ward is an internationally recognized expert on gender-based violence (GBV). With a primary focus on humanitarian settings, she provides technical leadership, training, assessment and monitoring support to United Nations agencies, international NGOs, NGOs/CBOs and government partners in developing and improving GBV-related research, policies, systems, programmes and community-based practices. She is the author of numerous publications on GBV, and has developed globally disseminated tools and guidelines, most recently the global IASC Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action (2015).

Elizabeth Carthy

Current role: ISGBViE Researcher and PhD Researcher at the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action

Elizabeth is an international human rights lawyer. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law with French Law (BCL) from University College Dublin and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York State.

She is currently a PhD researcher with the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action. She is investigating how to increase individual and organisational accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse committed by aid workers. Her research interests include access to justice, accountability in humanitarian action, gender-based violence, and public international law. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked with legal and women’s rights non-governmental organisations to improve access to justice for gender-based violence (GBV) in Haiti, Somalia, and South Africa. She has consulted on Indian and Libyan gender equality and human rights projects and worked on refugee rights projects in France, Israel, and the United States. She has interned with the European Court of Justice, the US Federal Defender Program, and the Harvard Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.

Fiona Shanahan

Current role: Humanitarian Protection Advisor (Gender), Trócaire

Dr. Fiona Shanahan is a psychologist whose work focuses on psychosocial interventions to support family and community resilience, with a specific focus on preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies and protracted conflict. Her PhD and post-doctoral research, as a Government of Ireland Fellow at the School of Applied Psychology in University College Cork, focused on the use of cultural resources in cultivating resilience in the post-conflict reintegration processes of formerly abducted young women and their children born or conceived within the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda. Her research and publications focus on post-conflict social reintegration, responses to sexual and gender based violence and related harms and participatory psychosocial interventions in humanitarian contexts. She was PI of an IRC funded project on psychosocial responses to Ebola during the 2014-2015 outbreak in Sierra Leone and technically supported the development of an inter-agency Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) toolkit for frontline staff in Sierra Leone. Prior to joining Trócaire, she worked with with Irish Aid in Sierra Leone, the Victims and Survivors Trust in Northern Ireland and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda.

As a global technical adviser with Trócaire, she supports protection of women, girls and at-risk groups and SGBV response interventions across all of Trócaire’s humanitarian programmes.  This role focuses on supporting the design and delivery of best-practice, empirically supported protection interventions by local humanitarian organisations, including women-led organisations, in complex humanitarian contexts such as DRC, Syria, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan and South Sudan among others.

Hannah Collins 

Current role: Research Coordinator of the International Summer School on addressing Gender-based Violence in Emergencies, University College Dublin Centre for Humanitarian Action.

Hannah is Research Coordinator working on the IS GBViE in the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action. This has involved working with a range of stakeholders across disciplines, sectors and nationalities to arrive at the prototype ISGBViE for agreement by the Programme Board and overall coordination of the programme delivery. She is experienced at INGO, UN, Irish Government, and EU level, with a focus on Gender Equality and Human Rights issues. She holds a Masters’ of Science in International Relations, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International from UCD.

Before taking up her current position, she worked with the United Nations in Viet Nam including in coordination of several inter-agency teams, such as the Technical Working Group on Human Rights and the Disaster Risk Management Team. Prior to that, she worked with Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s official development programme, focusing on Gender Equality issues across the aid programme. She has also worked with international organisations such as the European Network Against Racism and the European Parliament, Directorate General for External Policies.