Gender Specialist at United Nations Population Fund

Leyla has also worked for the UN Development Fund for Women

Leyla Sharafi

Academic Experience at SGPIA: The experience and training at SGPIA influenced Leyla’s decision to focus her career on addressing challenges related to inequalities–with a particular focus on gender inequality–and promoting social justice and human rights within global policy and advocacy programs.

Current work:  As a Gender Specialist at the United Nations Population Fund, Leyla manages global initiatives centered on supporting women and girls’ empowerment, particularly in the context of sexual and reproductive health, as well as the engagement of men and boys for the promotion of gender equality.  She has worked on these issues at the UN for nearly a decade.

In their own words: Leyla says her experience at SGPIA underscored how a wide array of actors and actions shape the world today and encouraged critical thinking about international affairs.