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“Ending violence against women requries comprehensive, united action. The time is now.”


Ms. Kathleen Cravero worked in several posts of increasing responsibility with UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. Her last three assignments with the United Nations included Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery with the United Nations Development Programme (Feb 2005 – Jan 2009), Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (from March 2000 to March 2005) and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi (from September 1997 to January 2000).

At UNDP, she chaired the Steering Committee of UN Action: Ending Sexual Violence against Women in Crisis and Recovery Settings, which united the work of 12 UN entities with the goal of ending sexual violence in conflict. From 2005 to 2008, she chaired the Leadership Council of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. Dr. Cravero was also the founding Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children from 2016 to 2019. She now serves as a consultant and adviser on strategies to end violence against women and children.