Kristen Walling

Program Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Human Rights

As a Program Manager for sub-Saharan Africa on the Human Rights team, Kristen provides linguistic and regional expertise to the Voices Against Violence: The GBV Global Initiative project. In this role, she leads case management for emergency assistance funding to recent survivors of extreme gender based violence and provides programmatic support for programs in sub-Saharan Africa. This has included ongoing work on female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) and Avon Justice Institutes on domestic and sexual violence. Kristen also represents Vital Voices on the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) Coalition and assists the human rights team on other GBV policy issues.

Prior to joining Vital Voices, Kristen spent several years working for faith-based organizations in Washington, DC, advocating for federal legislation on sexual, domestic, and gender-based violence issues, reproductive health and rights, and economic inequality. She previously served as a Community Health Extension Advisor with the United States Peace Corps in Madagascar, where she focused on maternal and child health. Kristen is proficient in French and Malagasy. She holds a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University with a focus in Management for Social Change and a B.A. in International Studies from American University with concentrations in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and African Studies.


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