Countries in Transition Forum Speakers
Dr. Lucia C. A. Williams
Countries in Transition Co-Chair
Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil
Dr. Lucia C.A. Williams is a Psychologist and a Professor at the Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil, where she founded, in 1998, the Laboratory for Violence Analysis & Prevention (LAPREV), which does research, consultation and community intervention in the areas of family and school violence.
Dr. Williams is a Research Fellow from Brazil’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, was the Vice-President of the Brazilian Psychological Association from 2009-2013, has been a visiting Professor in different Universities in South America, is a Visiting Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, and has been elected for the ISPCAN Council from 2016-2022.
Countries in Transition Co-Chair
Regional Project Coordinator and Gender Specialist
The Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project
Anika Gray is the Regional Project Coordinator and Gender Specialist for the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strenghtening (JURIST) Project. She is responsible for managing Project activities related to improving the gender-responsive services offered by courts in the CARICOM region. This includes the development of Model Guidelines for Sexual Offences Cases and the establishment of a Sexual Offences Model Court in Antigua and Barbuda.
She is an Attorney-at-law with over five years’ experience working on developing and executing programmes on a wide variety of public policy issues requiring both a human rights and gender perspective. These issues included, providing better access to HIV and AIDS services for vulnerable populations, advocating for the dismantling of structures that impinge on the sexual rights of vulnerable groups and assisting the government in prosecuting extra-judicial action by members of the security forces.
Dr. Elizabeth Ward
Chairman and Director – Violence Prevention Alliance Jamaica
Dr. Elizabeth Ward, is an Epidemiologist, Consultant and Public Health Specialist, and present Chairman and Director – Violence Prevention Alliance Jamaica. She is previous Director of Disease Prevention and Control and Health Promotion Division of the Jamaican Ministry of Health, where she spearheaded the development of Jamaica Injury Surveillance System (JISS) to track injuries treated in hospitals island-wide.
Dr. Ward led several research and evaluation projects, including as principal investigator on a Youth Violence and Organized Crime in Jamaica project. She currently serves as a Commissioner on Early Childhood Commission, and is a member of the Behaviour Change Task Force of Jamaica’s Ministry of Education.
Dr. Julia Terborg
Anton de Kom University of Suriname
Julia Terborg, is a sociologist with a PhD in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam, with a long history in research and teaching in the area of gender, human rights, child protection, women’s and child’s health.
At the Anton de Kom (ADEK) University of Suriname, she is lecturing several courses at the faculty of Social Science, and recently led the first nationwide research on ‘Violence against Children in Suriname’ executed by the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR) of ADEK. She is currently the director of the ‘Center for People’s Development’, an expertise bureau that provides services in the field of quantitative and qualitative research, policy development, strategic planning and capacity building, with a specific focus on improvement of the position of women, children and young people. On the regional and international level she has been actively involved in advocacy on women’s and child health, and the monitoring of several human rights conventions, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).