Jennifer Rowell

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 12:00pm to Friday, November 20, 2009 - 11:59am
Location: 
Memorial Chapel
Event Type: 
Economics Lecture

Jennifer Rowell has worked on human rights issues since 1998.

She spent three years in Peru, two of which working with families displaced from the Shining Path Guerilla crisis as they negotiated their right to return to their highland homelands. For five years she worked with CARE UK, based in London, supporting a dozen country offices across Africa, Latin America and Asia (including Afghanistan) to defend the rights of slum-dwellers. In this role, Rowell led CARE’s efforts for the world’s urban poor to be recognized as citizens and be awarded both the rights and responsibilities denied to them in their informal status, such as access to education, potable water and health care.

Before returning to Afghanistan as CARE’s chief advocate, Rowell was the Assistant Country Director for CARE in Chad, overseeing a programme ensuring that the basic needs, security and dignity of over 60,000 Sudanese refugees were met. In Afghanistan she leads research and policy dialogue on the rights of women and girls, the militarization of aid, and civil-military relations in the country.

Jen is a Peterborough native and a graduate of Adam Scott CVI, the University of Toronto, and Cranfield University in the UK.