UN Women launches program for aspiring globaldev leaders

A scene from a youth dialogue event held during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Photo by: Ryan Brown / UN Women / CC BY-NC-ND

UN Women is hoping to support women's rights advocates from the global south in launching its international development careers through a new professional development program.

The initiative is motivated by ongoing discussions around diversity and representation at UN Women, said Irena Sabados, a human resources specialist at the agency and focal point for the program. The events of the last year also prompted considerations around access to career opportunities at the agency and what barriers exist, especially for young people, she added.

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    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.