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Anne Marie Goetz '80
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ANNE MARIE GOETZ '80

Chief Advisor, Peace and Security, UN Women
Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, School of Professional Studies, New York University
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Anne Marie Goetz is a Clinical Professor teaching International Relations at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. She worked from 2005 – 2014 as the Chief Advisor on Women, Peace and Security for UN Women (UN Entity on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and for UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women).  From 1991 to 2005 she was a Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.  In the mid-1980s she worked for the United Nations Development Program in Chad and Guinea as a Junior Professional Officer.

Throughout her career Anne Marie has focused on promoting women’s rights and gender equality.  She has conducted research on women’s access to micro-finance in Bangladesh (Women Development Workers, 2001, Sage); and on women’s efforts to influence policy-making and engage in politics (Who Answers to Women? 2008, UNIFEM;  No Shortcuts to Power: African Women in Politics and Policy-Making,  2003, Zed Books;   Governing Women, 2009, Routledge).  She and her husband Rob Jenkins have researched the efforts of socially marginalized groups to demand responsive governance in India (Reinventing Accountability, 2005, Palgrave).  They are currently researching women’s engagement in post-conflict political reform and economic recovery in conflicts in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Philippines.

While at the United Nations Anne Marie spearheaded many initiatives designed to address conflict-related violations of women’s rights, and to ensure women’s access to peace talks and other efforts to promote recovery.  She played a prominent role in changing the way the Security Council and UN peacekeepers address wartime sexual violence, promoting a shift in thinking about rape as inevitable ‘collateral damage’ of warfare, to understanding that it can be an organized tactic, designed to advance military ends. This change in thinking is signaled in UN Security Council Resolution 1820 of the year 2008, a resolution that Anne Marie helped to formulate.  There have subsequently been three more resolutions on this topic alone, establishing response and prevention systems to address sexual violence. 

Other processes supported by Anne Marie include efforts to engage women in peace talks from Afghanistan to Mali, from Cote D’Ivoire to Syria.  Through the initiatives of her team at UN Women, all International Commissions of Inquiry since 2009 have had gender crimes investigators, greatly improving the extent to which abuses of women’s rights are recorded and addressed.   She has developed programs to make post-conflict community security more gender-sensitive in countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia and Timor.  She has served as an expert witness on public hearings on the impact of sexual violence in Congo and in Cambodia. 

 Anne Marie has a BA in Politics and English from Queen’s University in Canada, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Social and Political Studies from Cambridge University, UK.

 

(Updated April 2017)

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