“Gender equality and social justice are leading principles in my personal and professional life. I want to contribute to a world in which everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc., has equal rights and opportunities. I aim to always include a rights-based perspective in my work, and to use participatory, empowering methods.”
Els is a gender & development expert with more than two decades of work experience, of which ten years as freelance consultant focusing on gender analysis, evaluation, and capacity development. Els is very experienced in doing gender analysis of agricultural value chains, and developing strategies that empower women and strengthen value chains. She has successfully completed assignments for NGO’s, private companies, and international organisations.
Els developed gender mainstreaming strategies, systems, and capacities, and she has designed and evaluated several development programmes with a focus on gender equality and the rights of women and girls. She also developed and managed the portfolio of women’s rights organisations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Els lived in Kenya and in Cambodia, for eight years total, and is now based in the Netherlands.
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