International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Heidi Lehmann

Heidi Lehmann

Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit

Based in: New York, NY

Languages: English

Expertise: Advocacy, Program Management, Research/Evaluation, Women and Girls

Heidi Lehmann, Director of the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit, spearheads the organization’s work on violence against women and girls. Overseeing a team of 20 technical experts, researchers and advocates, and in collaboration with grassroots women’s organizations, Heidi plays a pivotal role in integrating the protection and empowerment of women and girls into the fabric of IRC’s mission in humanitarian assistance to displaced populations. Her vision,of a world where women and girls live free from violence is couched in fifteen years of experience working in conflict, post-conflict and complex emergencies in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Heidi harnesses the voices and experiences of women and girls to inform the development of new, cutting-edge programming and research.

In recognition of her expertise and leadership role in shaping the humanitarian agendas of peer NGOs, UN agencies and donor governments, Heidi was selected in 2013 as one of the 21st Century Women Leaders who carve global pathways in advancing equality and safety for women and girls around the world. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Heidi lends her expertise to a future cadre of activists and practitioners.

Heidi holds an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health Care from the University of South Florida, which she attained after returning from her service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana.

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