Keynote Speakers

Alessandra C. Guedes

Regional Adviser, Family Violence

Pan American Health Organization

World Health Organization

Alessandra Guedes holds an MSc degree in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and an MA degree in Art Therapy from the George Washington University, USA. She has published widely on the topic of violence, including Improving the Health Sector Response to Gender-Based Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Professionals in Developing Countries (Bott, Guedes, Claramunt and Guezmes, 2004).

She was vice-president of the board of Promundo for several years (Brazil) and currently sits on the Coordinating Group of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (South Africa). During the last 11 years she has worked intensively in the area of gender violence, first as a Senior Program Officer at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) in New York, USA and subsequently as a recently as a freelance consultant based in Brasília, Brazil. As a consultant, she worked with WHO, Unifem, USAID, Oxfam, Jhpiego and Path, amongst others.

Ms Guedes is currently the Regional Adviser on Intra-Family Violence at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC, USA. She has worked in the public health field for the past fifteen years, involved in cutting edge reproductive health issues that are at the nexus of reproductive health and human rights, including adolescent reproductive health, safe abortion, gender-based violence and emergency contraception.