Purna Sen

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Dr Purna Sen is Director of the Programme for African Leadership at LSE.  Previously she was Head of Human Rights for the Commonwealth Secretariat,  Director (Asia-Pacific) at Amnesty International, taught Gender and  Development at the LSE and worked on race equality in education in the UK.   

Purna's work has included research, publications and activism on violence  against women, culture & human rights, especially sexual violence,  trafficking, sexuality and sexual control; human rights developments  especially the Universal Periodic Review, civil society organising and  social development issues.   

Purna's work has covered many countries including Afghanistan, Barbados,  Canada, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Malawi, Malaysia,  Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, Nepal, the Nordic region, Papua New Guinea,  Rwanda, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Swaziland and Solomon Islands. She has  consulted with organisations including Article 19 and the British Council,  been on management and advisory groups for NGOs eg  Refugee Women's Resource  Project and Southall Black Sisters. Purna has worked with governments and  organisations at senior levels and was a member of the Technical Advisory  Group to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Purna is a Board/MC  member at the Kaleidoscope Trust and Compass and is Advisor to Justice for Gay Africans

Subjects:Civil Liberties, Equalities (Women), Equalities (LGBT), Equalities (Race), Equalities (Other), International Development, Human Rights, violence against women, the Commonwealth, international politics

Regions: East of England, London, South East, South West