Gioconda is a Programme Manager at WPL. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Notre Dame in the U.S. with a double major in Economics and Peace Studies. She pursued her Master of Arts in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She has worked for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in two field offices and one coordination hub. She is the co-author of three studies concerning the fulfilment of children’s rights and has produced more than 10 research studies for UNICEF, WHO, Plan International, among others.Read More
Interviews / UN & Agencies
Laurel Hart spoke to Women in Foreign Policy about how she found her passion in atrocity prevention, global trends in international organisations and the necessity of putting yourself out there to reach your goals.Read More
Moved by her commitment to furthering human rights worldwide, Diana Carolina Prado Mosquera left her native Colombia to work on LGBTI rights in Geneva at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. She talked to Lauren Chaplin about deciding to become a lawyer, the intersectional elements she's had to deal with in her career and her work with the Human Rights Council.Read More
Before Christmas, Lucie Goulet interviewed Ambassador Samantha Power's senior policy advisor at the UN Lauren Baer. A political appointee, Baer was about to leave her job. She shared her fears and hopes for LGBTQ+ rights under the new administration, explained her journey to working at the UN and why it's important for queer people to be visible and out.Read More
Why did you decide to get into the humanitarian field?
My interest in this field started at a very young age. My family and I were refugees from Sierra Leone, and we moved from there to the UK in 2000, which is when we applied for asylum. I was a refugee, so I’ve always had an interest in these issues.Read More
CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER | UNICEF INDONESIA
What do you do for UNICEF Indonesia?
I am working for the Child Protection cluster. My work revolves around efforts to eliminate any types of violence against children in Indonesia. I am mainly assigned to look into child marriage, which is a cross-section issue. Child marriage cannot be seen only as child protection issue (as how UNICEF defines it); it is also linked to education, health, and gender equality – which makes it a fascinating subject to analyse. I also handle some projects related to other issues such as violence against children, social welfare and juvenile justice.Read More
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND REPORTING OFFICER | UN OCHA IN SOUTH SUDAN
You are a Public Information and Reporting Officer for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan. What does that entail?
My job is to inform people about the humanitarian situation in South Sudan and the devastating impact that war, displacement, hunger and disease is having on people here. In practice, that involves briefing journalists; writing reports, press releases and editorials; reaching out to the public on social media; and supporting fundraising and advocacy by making sure the right people have access to good information about the crisis, when they need it.Read More
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
I was hired in 2012 to open the New York advocacy office for PAX, a Dutch peace organisation that works in 15 conflict areas around the world. I translate our local civil society partners’ activities into policy recommendations at the UN.Read More
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION – UK (UNA-UK)
What do you do as Executive Director for the United Nations Association - UK?
UNA-UK’s mission is to build support and momentum for an effective UN. The biggest problems we face don’t respect borders. Our lives are influenced by what happens in other countries and they are affected by our choices, as voters and consumers. We need to recognise we are global citizens and invest in global solutions and institutions. My role is to inspire and support my brilliant team in making that case.
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC INFORMATION | UNHCR
What do you do?
As Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), I lead communications efforts around the globe and serve as chief spokesperson. Operating in 120 countries, UNHCR provides help and shelter for over 30 million people who have fled wars and persecution. In my role, I have introduced strategic and crisis communication planning designed to have more impact on the varied audiences, which include media, donors, governments and refugees themselves. I also direct global advocacy campaigns with a strong emphasis on social media.Read More
COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST | UNICEF
What do you do as Communications Specialist for UNICEF?
I oversee all external communications for UNICEF Burundi, so I act as a spokesperson and facilitate media visits to UNICEF projects. I also oversee all of our social media. The third pillar of my job is an especially exciting one and has to do with child participation and youth advocacy. In Burundi, children make up the majority of the population, but are among the least quoted in the media. So in order to amplify children’s voices and enable them to advocate for their rights, we run a child journalist programme, in which children in Burundi are trained in basic journalism techniques, conflict-sensitive reporting and child rights. These children then lead child-centred programming on radios stations that have signed partnerships with UNICEF and regularly participate in youth exchanges and social media initiatives.Read More