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International Secretariat

Team in Bern

Flurina Derungs, Director

Flurina Derungs has been Director of the PeaceWomen Across the Globe international office since February 2017. Her guiding principle, based on a commitment to gender equality, is to aspire to a life of peace and dignity, free from violence and discrimination for all women. She has worked for many years on women's rights and gender equality, at both the national and international level, for example, in development cooperation in East Africa, as an equal opportunities officer, as a social worker and in teaching and research. Flurina Derungs has a Masters degree in Social work and Social Policy and has a Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in Gender, Justice, and Globalisation.

Mithra Akhbari, Senior Programme Manager

Mithra Akhbari holds a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and a CAS in Development and Cooperation and is also a trained mediator. She has many years of professional experience in the areas of migration, mediation, gender-specific conflict transformation and the facilitation of participatory processes and, in addition, is conversant with the conception, implementation and evaluation of projects. Since March 2018, Mithra Akhbari has been responsible for programme work for PeaceWomen Across the Globe. Previously, she coordinated various gender-sensitive projects and programmes in the field of migration in Switzerland and in international cooperation, in particular in fragile and conflict-laden contexts – with a focus on Latin America and the Middle East. She has also worked as a lecturer and gender and conflict transformation adviser in international cooperation.

Caroline Morrissey, Network Coordinator

Caroline Morrissey’s background is in cultural relations; she was Director of the British Council in Switzerland for over thirty years. She has an Honours degree in Education and has considerable experience initiating, developing and delivering programmes in Switzerland and elsewhere, in areas such as education, the Arts, climate change, governance and youth engagement. She also has substantial experience developing and managing networks. Caroline has worked for PeaceWomen Across the Globe since 2015. She was awarded an MBE in 2000.

Christa Bader, Administration

Christa Bader has commercial training and has much experience in administration. After several years working as a clerk in a trust office, she has been supporting PeaceWomen Across the Globe since May 2018, as the person responsible for administration.

Christina Stucky, Communications Manager

Christina Stucky began working as a journalist after graduating with a History degree in the USA. She has worked as a reporter on newspapers in the USA and Switzerland and as a freelance journalist in the Czech Republic, where she completed a semester programme in film production at FAMU. In 1994 she began working for national newspapers in South Africa, covering a range of topics and events, including the country’s first democratic elections, the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the genocide in Rwanda. From 2000-2002 she was the southern Africa correspondent for the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. In South Africa she began working as a trainer, running workshops for journalists from sub-Saharan Africa and later communication and media workshops for NGOs. After returning to Switzerland in 2007, she conceptualised communication workshops for the local staff of the Swiss Cooperation Offices of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). From 2007-2017 she worked in different communication roles at the SDC and FDFA in Bern. She joined PeaceWomen Across the Globe as communications manager in 2019 and continues to work as a journalist, and communication and intercultural competencies trainer.

Ina Keilwerth, Academic Intern

Ina Keilwerth holds a Master's degree in Political Science and Ethnology from the University of Zurich. During her Master's thesis she dealt in depth with women's rights in Tunisia and Iraq. After graduation, she completed an internship at the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in the field of peace policy in sub-Saharan Africa. Since June 2018 she has been supporting the PeaceWomen across the Globe - Team as an academic intern.