Practitioner Profile | Sarah Martin

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Sarah Martin is a gender-based violence specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in research, advocacy, training and project management with international organizations around the world. She specializes in strengthening gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response in humanitarian settings. Sarah has worked for a variety of positions and organizations including Initiatives Director for Women and Children’s Protection in the European Refugee Crisis for the International Rescue Committee, the Global Protection Cluster’s Regional GBV Advisor for Asia and the Pacific, Senior Gender Capacity Advisor for UNHCR, Humanitarian Affairs Specialist for Médecins Sans Frontières–Holland (MSF), and Humanitarian Advocate for Refugees International, a US-based advocacy organization.

Sarah is the author of several reports including the Current State of GBV Response Capacity in EmergenciesCore Competencies for GBV in Emergencies Program Managers and CoordinatorsEnding Sexual Violence in Darfur: An Advocacy Agenda, and Must Boys be Boys? Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers. Her work on sexual abuse in UN peacekeeping led to her being recognized as “Glamour Magazine’s Hero of the Month” for June 2006. Sarah is currently an expert trainer at the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) for the Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance (GDHA) Diploma.

In this practitioner profile, we discuss gender-based violence and programming for male caregivers and adolescent brothers of displaced Syrian refugee girls. We also touch on sexual violence as it applies to both female humanitarians in the field and migrants and refugees receiving aid.


andela catherine's picture

This is an excellent interview! I particularly liked the notion of unpacking the concept gender so that it relates more to concrete socio-cultural and familial references without be too simplistic.

I also agree with the mutual knowledge sharing of GBV practitioners and the younger generation as it is obvious that with a certain age it become tougher to be on the road in remote areas in hardship conditions and talk again again and again on the same issues e prevention and response to GBV. Energy, new wave, new generation, women and men are needed in this endless journey.

Merci Sarah for this clear and inspiring interview and merci ATHA for giving resonance to GBV prevention.

Cathy Andela
UN/GBV AOR/Regional Emergency GBV Adviser West and Central Africa

Karen Stewart's picture

My dear bud Sarah,
Thank you thank you.
Outstanding interview! Will be using it as a starting point for discussion to in my GBV class this quarter.
Yes talking to young people as a bit of a break is great choice, you are amazing!!
You hit on so many important areas with wonderful examples.

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