Fighting to End Violence Against Women & Children, Maternal Deaths, FGM & Child Marriage.
Non-profit Organization Management | Kenya, KE
As a humanitarian and development professional in the United Nations (UN) and the Red Cross, I have served in some war-ravaged and fragile parts of the world. I have seen firsthand many human tragedies and triumphs, from which I have learnt important lessons. I strive to uphold human dignity and am passionate about making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable,
As the UNFPA Representative to Kenya, I lead efforts to reduce the unacceptably high maternal deaths in Kenya, after all, "no woman should die giving life". UNFPA places a spotlight on the challenges faced by adolescent girls in Kenya, which includes child marriage, FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), HIV and sexual and gender based violence. UNFPA works tirelessly with their partners to ensure that every girl exercises her human rights, has access to reproductive health information and services and able to achieve her full human potential.
Prior to joining UNFPA, I was the Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships & Resource Mobilization at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Prior to my role with IFRC, I have served the UN since 1997 in Peace Keeping, UNICEF and UNOPS in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
I began my early career as an officer in a Special Forces unit of the Indian Army.
I have a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
I have written extensively on humanitarian and development issues. My articles have featured in CNN, Al Jazeera, Forbes, Huffington Post, Reuters, the Guardian, as well as leading Indian journals. These can be found in my blog: http://siddharthchatterjee-wws.blogspot.com.
I am committed to improving the lives and prospects of the most vulnerable. Join me in advancing human rights, dignity and humanity.