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