A BALLITORE woman is making her mark on the international stage through her work promoting peace and justice.
Aisling Swaine, daughter of Mary and Lar Swaine of Crookstown Lower in Ballytore has been listed by The Irish Echo newspaper in America among the Irish Top 40 under 40, which is a list of people who have had significant achievements.
Aisling went to school in Coláiste Lorcáin in Castledermot.While in school she was selected to visit Kenya for two weeks, and it was while in Kenya that she became very interested in Third World Countries.
Aisling completed a Bachelor Arts in 1999, an MSc in Humanitarian Assistance in 2000 at UCD and a PhD in International Law at Ulster University in 2012.
She is now an Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs focusing on women, security and development.
In addition she is a Visiting Fellow at the Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute and was previously a Hauser Global Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at the School of Law, New York University.
She teaches and researches issues of violence against women related to armed conflict; the women, peace and security agenda; global gender equality policy; feminist legal theory and transitional justice. She is working towards having rape recognised as a weapon of war.
Previously, Aisling spent over seven years managing humanitarian and development programmes in fragile states and countries affected by conflict in Africa and South East Asia for international NGOs and the United Nations.
She has also worked since 2007 as an independent consultant and technical adviser to organisations such UN Women, Irish Aid, international donors and NGOs and continues to consult globally and engage in practice. She is a gender equality and Women’s Empowerment Fellow at the Human Rights Education Associates and is a senior Gender Adviser on the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee on the Humanitarian Action Gender Capacity Roster.