Dr Eleanor O'Gorman

at Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge

Senior Associate, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge

Dr Eleanor O'Gorman is a Senior Associate of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge, as well as the Director of Policy and Practice at Conciliation Resources in London. She is an international expert in the field of conflict, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development affairs including gender analysis and policy.

Dr O'Gorman previously ran her own private consulting practice, and her clients included: the United Nations; the European Union; as well as the governments of the UK, Ireland, and Germany. Her field experience includes Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic as well as regular missions to New York, Geneva and Brussels. In recent years she has been at the forefront of international analysis of the policy and implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda with respect to the ground-breaking UN Security Resolutions of 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008).

Over 2012-13 she led and designed a major global 5 year Review of the UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict - a network of 14 UN entities based in New York and dedicated to combating sexual violence in conflict. The network supports the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the implementation of the historic Security Council Resolution 1820 (2008) and successor resolutions.

The Review explored issues of organisational effectiveness in shaping global and field impacts and changes to UN operations. This looked across peacekeeping, humanitarian, human rights, rule of law and security sector reform areas. The recommendations of the final report are now under consideration to chart the future strategic direction of the network. Earlier, In 2009/10, Eleanor led field assessments in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to examine work of UN Missions and identify ways of strengthening the UN Delivering as One in combating sexual violence in conflict.