Anu Pillay 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 "Gender Praxis in Emergencies: 20 years after Beijing".
At the time of her collaboration with UNRISD, she worked as a Senior Gender Advisor to the humanitarian system. She is also a visiting professor at UPEACE, the UN mandated university for peace. Previously she was the head of mission for Medica Mondiale in Liberia and the Peacebuilding Programme Manager for the Centre for the Study of Violence in South Africa.