1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Ursula Keller

Collaborating Researcher

Ursula Keller was collaborating with UNRISD on the Think Piece Series “Let's Talk about Women's Rights: 20 Years after the Beijing Platform for Action”. She wrote a think piece with the title "Achievements and Challenges 20 Years after Beijing: A View from Switzerland" together with Flurina Derungs of University of Berne.
At the time of this collaboration, she was the Senior Gender Policy Advisor of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) / Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. In her function, she provides guidance and support to Headquarter and Field Offices for the implementation of SDC’s gender policy and leads the global network of SDC’s gender focal points. Ursula is an expert in gender and women’s rights in development and peace-building contexts, and has worked in the Middle East and in Africa. Prior positions have included project director at the Center for Peace-building at Swisspeace, and work for cfd, a feminist peace organization working in development cooperation and peace and migration policies. She holds a Master’ degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Zurich.