Leila Emdon is the project leader of the Gender Justice and Reconciliation project at IJR and holds a Masters degree in historical studies from the University of Cape Town specializing in gender, land, livelihoods and the history of conservation in the rural community of Hluleka in the Eastern Cape. She was a researcher on a collaborative multi-disciplinary research project at the University of Cape Town’s environmental unit on the impact of marine conservation on human rights, with a specific focus on gender rights and historical impact. She worked at IJR previously conducting research in urban and rural parts of the Western Cape as part of the Every Day Peace Indicators Project and co-ordinated the IJR gender working group which sought to develop a stronger gender focus in our work and develop new gender justice projects. She has experience working for a social activist organisation working to promote the human rights of small-scale fishing communities across South Africa and worked as a researcher for Voices International – a project using oral histories to promote the human rights of female migrant domestic workers living and working in the Middle East. She also has experience tutoring in the gender studies, and historical studies departments at the University of Cape Town.
“My goal is to work with communities in creative ways to develop strategies to achieve gender justice and reconciliation and to use our analysis from community dialogues to inform policy processes.”