Elizabeth Cafferty

Elizabeth Cafferty is the founding Head of UN Women’s Washington D.C. Liaison Office, where she is responsible for advocacy, policy work, and partnership building with the U.S. Government and Washington, D.C. based foreign policy community. UN Women is the UN entity charged with promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through work on political participation, good governance, economic empowerment, combatting violence against women, women, peace, and security, and humanitarian action. Elizabeth was previously seconded by UN Women to the UN World Humanitarian Summit, where she was Gender Advisor, overseeing the agreement of a groundbreaking package of commitments to women and girls in humanitarian settings. Immediately prior to joining the UN, Elizabeth directed UN advocacy for the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York, working closely with the Security Council to increase its engagement on the protection and empowerment of displaced women and girls, and before that managed an international research study on sex trafficking from a health and human rights perspective at Massachusetts General Hospital. Elizabeth also spent eight years working in London on international development, refugee, and women’s empowerment issues, including as founding director of Women for Women International’s U.K. office. Elizabeth holds a MSc in Women Studies and International Development from the University of York, U.K. and a BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross. She is on the MacDowell Colony’s Young Friends Steering Committee.