Emma Saloranta

2011, Development Concentration

Communications Director of Girls’ Globe and Co-founder/Co-host of The Mom Pod

Emma has worked on a diverse range of projects related to child rights, youth engagement, gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights and health in Finland, United States, Kenya, Brazil, India and Tanzania.

Emma SalorantaAcademic Work at SGPIA: During the 2010 International Field Program in Brazil, Emma produced a documentary project with local children in the favela community of Cidade de Deus; she went on to write a master’s thesis assessing slum upgrading programs in Rio de Janiero, and the resulting discrimination, inequality, and impact on human dignity.

Practical Experience During SGPIA: Emma interned and worked for Equity for Children, an organization founded by SGPIA professor Alberto Minujin. During her last semester of SGPIA, Emma also carried out a full-time five-month long internship at UNICEF’s Gender Unit, which turned into a paid consultancy after graduation.

Current Work: At Girls’ Globe, Emma is in charge of communications strategy, media partnerships and advocacy campaigns focused on gender equality and women’s/girl’s health and empowerment. As the Co-founder and Co-host of The Mom Pod, Emma produces a monthly podcast episode on varying topics related to maternal and newborn health around the world; past podcast episodes have focused on the Zika virus and pregnancy, the Finnish maternity package, and the role of midwifery in different countries.

Published Work: Emma’s pieces on gender equality and women’s and girls’ rights have been published on many media outlets including Huffington Post and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists.

In Her Own Words: Emma states, “SGPIA attracts students from all over the world with all kinds of backgrounds, and for me, that was one of the biggest benefits of the program. It was an honor to be able to study alongside professionals from literally all corners of the world, coming from all sorts of backgrounds – Peace Corps fellows, musicians who wanted to learn to use their musical skills for a greater good, people from the private sector who wanted to make a change, media professionals, journalists, social workers.”


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