Kristen Walling

Program Manager, Human Rights

As a Program Manager on the Human Rights team, Kristen provides gender based violence (GBV), regional, and linguistic expertise to the Voices Against Violence: The GBV Global Initiative project. In this role, she oversees case management for emergency assistance funding to recent survivors of extreme GBV globally and leads programmatic work on GBV prevention and response in Sub-Saharan Africa. This has included ongoing work on female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) in West Africa and other GBV programs across the continent. Kristen also leads the Human Rights department’s policy and advocacy efforts on several gender policy coalitions, including the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally, Girls Not Brides, the Big Ideas for Women and Girls Coalition, and the US End FGM/C Network.

Prior to joining Vital Voices, Kristen spent several years working for faith-based organizations in Washington, DC, advocating for federal legislation on 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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