Sarah Martin has over 20 years of experience in research, advocacy, training and project management with international organizations. She specializes in strengthening gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response in humanitarian settings and addressing sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping and humanitarian organizations.
Sarah has had a number of positions including as Director for Women and Children’s Protection in the European Refugee Crisis for the International Rescue Committee, the Global Protection Cluster’s Regional GBV Advisor for Asia & the Pacific, Senior Gender Capacity Advisor for UNHCR for the Syrian Refugee Response in Jordan and Humanitarian Affairs Specialist at Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland. As a consultant, her clients have included the global GBV Area of Responsibility, International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the Small Arms Survey, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO, UN Women, the Small Arms Survey, Save the Children Sweden, Population Sciences International, Care Egypt,International Medical Corps, and Child Fund Australia. She currently moderates the global GBV Community of Practice.
She is the author of several papers and reports including: “Mind the Gap between Gender in Humanitarian Action and Women, Peace and Security: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the Relief and Recovery Pillar of UNSC 1325” in the Oxford Handbook for Women, Peace, and Security, Current State of GBV Response Capacity in Emergencies, Core Competencies for GBV in Emergencies Program Managers and Coordinators, and Must Boys be Boys? Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers. Her work on sexual abuse in UN peacekeeping led to her being recognized as "Glamour Magazine's Hero of the Month" for June 2006.