Emma Puig De La Bellacasa is a Spanish-Colombian anthropologist, with pre-doctoral studies in Ethno-psychology, gender studies and documentary photography. She has more than 20 years’ experience, rising to senior management in international sustainable development and humanitarian response. Emma has field experience in Latin-America and the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. She has served in a wide range of international organisations.
She has expertise working with women’s rights organisations and civil society, including indigenous women’s organisations, migrant and refugee women, as well as youth, girls’ and adolescents’ movements to promote their rights and gender equality. She is a committed and passionate supporter of initiatives aimed at reducing violence against girls, adolescents and women of all backgrounds; ending early and forced marriages and unions and forced pregnancies; defence of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She also has an interest in climate change and its impacts on women’s and girls’ lives. She regularly contributes to initiatives at the national, regional and global levels through programmes and advocacy efforts that inspire transformative changes in the social norms that perpetuate gender-based violence (GBV) and gender inequality.
Emma currently works at the global HIAS team as a gender and GBV advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also an active member of the civil society participation mechanism of the SDG 2030 agenda and the Forum of Latin America and the Caribbean countries on development.