Elizabeth Cafferty is UN Women’s U.S. Liaison, managing advocacy, outreach, and partnership building with the U.S. Government and Washington, D.C. based women’s civil society. She was previously the UN World Humanitarian Summit’s Gender Advisor overseeing the agreement of a groundbreaking package of commitments to women and girls in humanitarian settings. Immediately prior to joining the UN, Elizabeth directed UN advocacy for the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York, and before that managed an international research study on sex trafficking of women and girls as well as global reproductive health care initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital. Elizabeth also spent eight years working in London on international development, refugee, and women’s empowerment issues, including as founding director of Women for Women International’s U.K. office. Elizabeth holds a MSc in Women Studies and International Development from the University of York, U.K. and BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross. She is a board member of the Global Give Back Circle, which provides at risk girls in Africa, India and China with mentoring and financial support to finish high school and college, and is a friend of the MacDowell Colony.
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. (if you have the space you can also add: UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs, and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence and against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. Un Women also coordinates and promotes the UN System’s work in advancing gender equality.)