About Elizabeth

Welcome to my website.

What I do
I work as an advisor, researcher and writer in international human rights advocacy, environmental protection and social change, in both the development and humanitarian sectors.

I contribute to human rights and environmental programming and policy making through technical expertise, project management; strategic planning; research; writing; multimedia; and training, facilitation and public speaking.

I naturally see the big picture and the interplay between complex social and environmental factors, and enjoy working on multisectoral programming, 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 have extensive knowledge of international human rights law, a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Social Change, and am a Director of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners.

My commitment to environmental protection
I am passionate about the natural world and its relationship to human rights and human responsibilities. Food security is a critical issue of our time, and sits at the nexus between climate change, conflict and poverty. A draft UN General Assembly resolution on human rights and climate change (8 July 2021) recognizes that climate change, biodiversity loss and other types of environmental degradation, impact the right to adequate food, and exacerbate disease emergence and increase the impact of pandemics.

I first worked on business and human rights for Amnesty International UK in 2000 after the organisation expanded its mandate into this area –  the same year that Kofi Annan launched the UN Global Compact to unite businesses with the UN for a better world. While a human rights (not earth rights) framework can only go so far in protecting our world holistically, a systems approach, for example food systems, can effectively unite people and planet towards a common goal of sustainability and regeneration.

I am interested in ecopsychology as a way to support social change, through respect for and connection with nature.

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 well-being.

Creativity
I am very creative both in terms of generating ideas and in terms of artistic inputs.

For example using multimedia such as conceptualising cartoons and illustrations and producing videos to help bring to life complex written materials.

Field work
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 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: Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and Zambia.

The UN system and partners
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, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

I 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 and written for its UN Chronicle Magazine;
  • 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;
  • Worked as a consultant on projects and programmes for UNICEF (multiple offices worldwide), UNESCO and WFP.

Connect with Elizabeth on LinkedIn and see her videos on YouTube.

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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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Liberty & Humanity

I am an artist in my spare time; octopus painting 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
Children affected by armed conflict
•Children on the move
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)
Climate change
•Corruption
Death penalty
Disability
Disaster Risk Reduction
•Early childhood development
Ecopsychology
•Education
Environment
•Endangered languages
Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C)
Food sustainability
Fracking
HIV/AIDS
Human trafficking for exploitation
Humanitarian collaboration
ICT for agriculture (ICT4Ag)
Indigenous rights
Intercountry adoption
International human rights law
•Legal reform
Literacy
Maternal and infant health
Real-time monitoring
Release and reintegration of children from armed groups
Sex worker protection
Sexual exploitation
Sexualisation
Sexuality education
•Social protection
Sustainability
•Torture
•Tribal justice and dual legal systems
Unaccompanied and separated children
Violence against women and children
War propaganda
Women’s rights