About Elizabeth

EWH black and whiteWelcome to my website. I work as a Consultant and Writer in International Human Rights Advocacy, specialising in the rights of women and children, and child protection. I contribute to human rights programming and policy making through my communications, writing, research, evaluation and project management skills.

I have extensive knowledge of international human rights law, and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Social Change.

The organisations I have worked for include intergovernmental, international development and advocacy organisations, such as the Africa Child Policy Forum, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), Amnesty International, the European Union, the Global Movement for Children, Oxfam, Plan International, Transparency International and UNICEF.

I naturally see the big picture and the interplay between complex social factors, and enjoy strategic planning, analysis and evaluation. One of my key strengths is my writing ability, especially in assimilating complex and detailed information and presenting it in a logical and accessible way.

I am very creative both in terms of generating ideas and in terms of artistic inputs. For example conceptualising cartoons and illustrations and producing videos to help bring to life complex written materials.

Digging a school garden in South Sudan, October 2015, while documenting the release and reintegration of children from armed groups. Growing vegetables and learning about agriculture will be key to their livelihood options and wellbeing.

Digging a school garden in South Sudan, October 2015, while documenting the release and reintegration of children from armed groups. Growing vegetables and learning about agriculture will be key to their livelihood options and wellbeing.

Field research and meeting the people affected by the issues I work on is something I really enjoy. I have been praised for my ability to put children and adults at ease as they tell me their rich and sometimes painful stories. It is these individuals, such as a community against child marriage in Ethiopia, who are human rights’ greatest advocates.

I facilitate training workshops, have spoken at the House of Commons and am called upon for media comment and interview.

I am based in the UK and have experience of international development and human rights in numerous countries. I am happy to travel, and have worked in or conducted field visits to: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and Zambia.

UN flagI have a broad base of knowledge and experience of the UN system, having:

  • Studied International Human Rights Law and the UN human rights treaty system;
  • Worked at the UN Secretariat in New York;
  • Attended hearings of country reports at meetings of the Committee Against Torture and Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva;
  • Interviewed the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO);
  • Written for the UN Chronicle Magazine;
  • Worked as a consultant to various UNICEF offices.

Please click on the links below to read more about my skills in human rights advocacy:

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GMC“Elizabeth managed the challenges of a campaign run in over 60 countries with multiple NGOs, with consummate skill and ease. Her human rights knowledge means Elizabeth is not only well equipped for such challenges, but she’s also an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Kate Norgrove, Communications Manager Global Movement for Children

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I am an artist in my spare time, Echinacea watercolour, above.

Elizabeth has worked and written on issues including:

•Accountability to beneficiaries

•Birth registration

•Breastfeeding

Business and human rights

•Child abuse

Child marriage

•Child Protection research and system strengthening

•Child rights

•Child well-being

Children affected by armed conflict

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)

•Climate change

•Corruption

•Death penalty

•Disability

•Disaster Risk Reduction

•Early childhood development

•Education

•Environmental education

•Endangered languages

Food sustainability

•Fracking

•HIV/AIDS

•Human trafficking for exploitation

•Humanitarian collaboration

Indigenous rights

Intercountry adoption

International human rights law

•Legal reform

Literacy

Maternal and infant health

Release and reintegration of children from armed groups

Sex worker protection

Sexual exploitation

Sexualisation of women and children

Sexuality education

•Sustainability

•Torture

•Tribal justice

Unaccompanied and Separated Children

Violence against Women and Children

War propaganda

Women’s rights