Alma is a girls’ and women’s rights specialist with more than 15 years of experience in advocacy, policymaking and training within civil society organisations and international agencies. As Head of Latin America and the Caribbean, she leads the development and implementation of Girls Not Brides’ Regional Strategy.
Before joining the Girls Not Brides team, she worked as a consultant for international and regional organisations like UN Women, the Organization of American States and civil society organisations in Latin America and beyond. Over the past decade, she has worked closely with youth-led organisations on addressing sexual violence in public spaces, and became part of the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces flagship programme as a Coordinator in Mexico.
As a specialist on gender and human rights, she has issued substantive thematic reports to international human rights bodies, national and local governments, and non-governmental organisations. She has also contributed to policy papers and shadow reports regarding state compliance with international human rights mechanisms.
Alma also has a solid background in capacity enhancement and facilitated workshops on human rights and gender-based approaches in programming and policy planning. She has produced several publications and training materials regarding access to justice for women and girls, focusing on the due diligence principle in cases of violence against women and girls.
Alma holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights and a Bachelor’s in International Relations. She speaks Spanish, English and French.