Joanna Kerr

Executive Director

Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

215 Spadina Avenue
Suite 150
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7

Joanna Kerr was previously a Senior Researcher at The North-South Institute in Ottawa. She managed the gender program at The North-South Institute for almost seven years, where she started the Gender and Economic Reforms in Africa Program (GERA). The GERA program is an action research initiative that brings together sixteen African organizations to influence economic policies from a gender perspective.

She holds an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. She has policy research, participatory research, advocacy, gender training, project management and monitoring, writing and public speaking experience on issues related to the gender dimensions of economic reform, trade and investment, women's human rights, and women's employment issues.

Joanna's publications include Demanding Dignity: Women Confronting Economic Reforms in Africa (2000), co-edited with Dzodzi Tsikata, The Gender Dimensions of Economic Reforms in Africa, editor with Lynn Brown (1997), Gender and Jobs in China's New Economy, co-authored with Julie Delahanty (1996) and Ours by Right: Women's Rights as Human Rights (1993), published by ZED press. She has worked in collaboration with researchers and practitioners in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Cote d'Ivoire.

Focus: Development, Gender, Asia, Global



Economic development; Environmental economics

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006

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