Chrissy Hart is Director of Policy & Advocacy at TfG and oversees the partnership’s work in sub-Saharan Africa. Her areas of focus include leading TfG’s strategic advocacy work, providing support for work to promote prevention, healing, and justice for survivors of childhood sexual violence with the Brave Movement and Keep Kids Safe; work on safe schools and the education sector; and addressing policy issues that specifically impact adolescent girls.
Chrissy has studied and worked in the areas of human rights, gender equality, and gender-based violence for over 15 years. Chrissy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, followed by positions working in policy, advocacy, partnerships, resource mobilization, and research at RFK Human Rights, the University of Denver’s Human Trafficking Center, Women Thrive Alliance, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, and UN Women. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and History and an M.A. in International Human Rights.
Chrissy lives in Portland, Maine with her husband Jon and their cat Wally. In her free time, Chrissy enjoys outdoor pursuits, including hiking, backpacking, skiing, paddling, running, and rewilding her yard as a native plant gardener. She is deeply engaged in local and state politics and is a particularly passionate advocate for equitable access to reproductive health and rights.
A quote that inspires you: Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. (From ‘Sometimes’ by Mary Oliver)
A simple pleasure: Sitting next to a lake, river, or ocean
Something that gives you hope: People who: hold the door for strangers; say thank you to waitstaff; compost; give away their money; pay compliments to strangers; pick up trash; cry in reaction to books, t.v. shows, and films; vote
Favorite part of your job: Collaborating with incredible, mission-driven colleagues from across the globe.
One word to describe Together for Girls: Determined
The pandemic affords a unique opportunity to create better and safer schools in our communities.
To mark World Education Day this year, we spoke to Yona Nestel of Plan International and Olanike Timipa-Uge of Teenage Network to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on girls’ access to education.
We have conducted secondary analyses of the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) to understand the prevalence, consequences, and gender-specific experiences of violence in and around schools.
For decades, advocates and researchers have stressed the need to collect more data on both violence against children and violence against women and have pushed to make sure data is disaggregated by sex, age and geography.
High-quality, disaggregated data on school-related gender-based violence is essential to help drive effective policies and programs for prevention and response.
“Social Responsibility within Changing Contexts” was the 2021 conference theme for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). CIES is dedicated to increasing understanding of educational issues, trends, and policies through comparative, intercultural, and international perspectives.