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Hellen Okoth Mala-Owiti

Gender and Protection Coordinator


Office Location: Monrovia, Liberia

Hellen is a gender and protection coordinator in Liberia, West Africa. Her areas of work include, amongst others, programme development and management, policy advocacy, social and legal research on women's issues, capacity development and training for institutions and individuals, and gender rights and mainstreaming in programming.

She has more than five years' experience in rights-based development, and is well-versed with women and children issues in East and West Africa. She also has extensive experience engaging regional economic communities such as the African Union, East African Community, and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development in development work, especially in policy formulation. Over the years, she has worked with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Regional Office as a programme coordinator, a research coordinator for an anti-trafficking programme, a research coordinator for the Regional Court for Children in East Africa, and a programme assistant for the child sponsorship programme.

Hellen holds a Bachelor of Law Degree LLB from the University of London, with specifications in International Protection of Human Rights (Women and Children), Public International Law, and Criminology. She also holds a certificate in Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs from the East Africa School of Refugee and Humanitarian Affairs (EASRHA), University of Dar es Salaam School of Law. She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), International Congress on Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (ICAES) and the  Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) UK.