Being Heard Advisory Group

The following members of the Being Heard Advisory group were selected through a terms of reference to provide strategic direction and guidance to the project staff member:

M. Catherine Maternowska

M. Catherine Maternowska, brings management, programming and applied research experience from over two decades in the fields of socio-medical research, evaluation, and programming. She has managed donor-financed national, regional and global health programs in three continents (Americas, Africa and Asia) focusing on child protection and sexual and reproductive health with expertise in gender-based violence policy, prevention, care, and treatment.  In 2010, Maternowska led UNICEF efforts to develop evidence-based national child protection strategies addressing violence against children and women in 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.  Currently, she is based at UNICEF’s Office of Research—Innocenti managing a global child protection research agenda on the drivers of violence affecting children.  Adept with high level ministries in numerous country settings, she has built a portfolio of multi-sectoral, age and gender-sensitive approaches with evidence demonstrating improved policy and practice. Maternowska has an established network of influence among major funding institutions, including The Population Council, The Gates Foundation, The World Health Organization and The Nike Foundation. 

Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno

Dr Garcia-Moreno is a physician from Mexico with a masters in community medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has over 25 years of experience in health care delivery, research and policy, working in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Increasingly her work has  focused on sexual and reproductive health, women's health and gender in health.  For the last 15 years she has been leading the World Health Organization's (WHO) work on gender and women's health,  violence against women and HIV/AIDS in women and girls and currently leads the team on Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO. She is coordinator of the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, a large research initiative involving  now over 15  countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She is a founder and coordinating group member of the SVRI and on the Steering Committee of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS.

Dr Chi-Chi Undie

Dr Undie is a Senior Associate in the Reproductive Health Program of the Population Council. She coordinates and provides strategic and technical oversight for the Population Council-led ‘Africa Regional SGBV Network’ – a network of partners in the East and Southern Africa region who design, implement, and test innovative response models to SGBV in low-resource settings. In addition, her SGBV-related research has centered on responses to intimate partner violence in East Africa. This work is currently being adapted and tested to meet the needs of refugees and children in the region. She holds an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Maryland, and was formerly a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow, and later, an Associate Research Scientist, at the African Population and Health Research Center. She is a co-chair of the SVRI Coordinating Group.

Evelyn Eisenstein

Evelyn Eisenstein, MD, Dr Sc., is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Presently coordinator of Telemedicine and SIG Special Interest Group on Child & Adolescent Health and Medicine for the Brazilian University Telemedicine Network, Director of Clinica de Adolescentes and of CEIIAS, Centro de Estudos Integrados, Infância, Adolescência e Saúde with a Project called ESSE Mundo Digital,  Member of the Scientific Department of Adolescence for the Brazilian Pediatric Society , Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria and in charge of the Task Group on Drugs and Violence Prevention. Member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Scientific Editor of Revista Adolescência & Saúde 

Elizabeth Dartnall

Elizabeth (Liz) is a health policy specialist with over 19 years of health research, public policy and project management experience. Liz currently manages the day to day activities of the SVRI. Liz has a post-graduate degree in psychology from Curtin University in Australia and a Masters in Science (Medicine) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Previous work experience includes working as a researcher at the Centre for Health Policy, University of the Witwatersrand; working in policy and research development for the Department of Health in Western Australia and the Department of Health in South Africa; and Senior Programme Manager for the African Medical and Research Foundation, South Africa.  Liz is particularly interested in gaining a better understanding of how early experiences of violence influence future perpetration and victimisation and how this can be used to inform the development of primary prevention programmes. She is also interested in the area of vicarious trauma and doing research on sexual violence, and how to prevent it. 

Gerison Lansdown

Gerison Lansdown was the founder director, 1992-2000, of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, and, over the past 16 years, has worked as an international children’s rights consultant and advocate, publishing and lecturing widely on the subject of children’s rights. She was actively involved in the negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and has produced a number of publications of the rights of children with disabilities, as well as working with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on several general comments, including on inclusive education, adolescence and child participation. She is a senior associate of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development in Victoria, and has an Honorary Doctorate from The Open University. She was for nine years Vice Chair of UNICEF-UK, and is currently on the editorial advisory board of the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights, a trustee for APPROACH, the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, and Chair of Child to Child.

Helen Veitch

Helen has over 20 years of working in the children’s rights field, focusing on the sexual exploitation of children and children’s participation. Helen began her career working with a community of street children in Indonesia in 1994, then spent eight years building children’s rights advocacy group ECPAT UK (End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking) from a single issue campaign to a multi-faceted NGO. Between 2004-2006 Helen was based in Bangkok and worked as a Consultant on Children’s Participation at the East Asia Pacific Regional Consultation for the UN Study on Violence Against Children. After studying for a Masters Degree in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights, in 2009 Helen founded Children Unite, an NGO that works in partnership with organisations to protect children in domestic work from exploitation and abuse and promote their rights world-wide.  Through Children Unite Helen has facilitated and promoted participatory advocacy and research with child domestic workers.  In 2015 Helen become an Oak Fellow on Children’s Participation in Preventing Sexual Violence, working in a partnership between the Oak Foundation and Bedfordshire University International Centre: researching child sexual exploitation of children, violence and trafficking, where she is focusing on strengthening participatory activities with children from across the globe who have been affected by sexual violence.

Irene Rizzini

Professora da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Diretora-presidente do Centro Internacional de Estudos e Pesquisas sobre a Infância (CIESPI), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
President of the International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Jenny Pearce, OBE

Jenny Pearce is Professor of Young People and Public Policy, University of Bedfordshire, where she was Director of the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking (2006 to 2016) which was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize for research on child sexual exploitation influencing safeguarding in 2013. She is a visiting professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. 
Jenny is Chair of the Academic Advisory Board to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 2015 ongoing, and is a panel member of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England inquiry into child sexual abuse within the family environment. Her research and consultancy focuses on preventing sexual violence against children and she works with a range of national and international agencies towards this aim. She is developing an international network of agencies interesting in developing practice based evidence for preventing child sexual exploitation and sexual violence against children.

Tricia Young

Tricia Young has worked for a diverse range of organisations in the UK NGO sector and is currently Director of Child to Child, a member of the Bond Child Rights working group and trustee for Odanadi UK – a small international NGO established by Tricia to provide capacity building and financial support to a small, grassroots organisation working to combat human trafficking in India. Committed to realising the rights of disenfranchised populations, Tricia completed her MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation at the London School of Economics. Following a Capacity Building Programme Manager role at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), she became a Programme Manager at the Tutu Foundation UK. In this role she set up their first programme of work engaging young people in or at risk of conflict. As Director of Child to Child, Tricia is working in partnership with chair Gerison Lansdown, to position Child to Child as the key focal agency for children’s participation globally and tackle issues such as gender inequality, access to education and sexual violence.  She was a trustee (2005-) and then Chair of Eaves for Women (2008 - 2012). Eaves was a leading women's organisation working to combat violence against women and girls. It established the POPPY project, which was the first project in the UK to respond to the complex needs of women and girls trafficked into the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. Eaves was at the forefront of advocacy to the British government to adopt a human rights based policy framework.