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Jennifer McCleary-Sills

Director, Gender Violence and Rights, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
As ICRW's Director of Gender Violence and Rights, Jennifer McCleary-Sills leads the portfolio of work exploring the gendered dimensions of violence and deprivations of rights. These include experiences of all forms of gender-based violence (GBV), exclusion based on sexual orientation and gender identity, controls on access to justice, and violations of property and land rights. Her own research contributes to the evidence base about the social causes and consequences of violence and what works to prevent it. She has 15 years of experience as an international development professional and researcher on gender issues, with a specific expertise in GBV, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and healthy transitions to adulthood.

Prior to joining ICRW in 2015, Jennifer was the senior gender-based violence & development specialist at the World Bank Group, where she co-authored the flagship publication
Voice & Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity. She was also the Bank’s lead on the multi-sectoral Violence Against Women and Girls Resource Guide. From 2009-2013, she was a researcher at ICRW, where she designed and conducted research on GBV, SRH, demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) programs, and provided technical assistance on gender mainstreaming to international financial institutions.
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