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 Emergencies, Core Competencies for GBV in Emergencies Program Managers and Coordinators, Ending 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.