The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) was launched by the legacy UK Department for International Development (DFID) – now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – in 2012, as a 12-year commitment to reach the most marginalised girls in the world and is the largest global fund dedicated to girls’ education. Although the GEC has worked on meeting its commitments to safeguarding since it began, the past two years have seen extensive, intensive and meaningful improvements in safeguarding work, including within the GEC Fund Manager and the GEC implementing partners.
‘Protection is Possible’ explores this journey and provides insight into the GEC’s Safeguarding Operating Model and how this model contributed to meeting meaningful compliance to the GEC’s Safeguarding Minimum Standards. Meaningful compliance has led to projects working on safeguarding in a participatory way with girls and staff, as well as in an increase in the frequency of reporting and the quality of case handling. The journey outlined within Protection is Possible is one that is full of hope – for the sector, and most importantly those involved in development programming.
Join us to hear from the GEC Fund Manager and GEC implementing partners on achievements, challenges and the legacy of implementing the GEC’s Safeguarding Operating Model. During the webinar we will be hearing from Danielle Cornish-Spencer (GEC Safeguarding Lead), Naima Chohan (TEACH Pakistan), Joy Khangáti (AGES Somalia) and Harriet Kolli (GEC Safeguarding Consultant). The webinar will be chaired by Peter Taylor, Head of Safeguarding Unit, FCDO.
- Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor has been the FCDO’s Head of the Safeguarding Unit since April 2018. The work of the unit focuses on tackling sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment linked to the delivery of ODA-funded programmes. Since the mid-1990s Peter has held a variety of roles in the international aid and development sector, including related to the delivery of education programmes in developing countries.
- Naima Chohan
Naima Chohan is currently working as Head of Technical Excellence with International Rescue Committee (IRC) Pakistan. Her professional career spans over 16 years; majority of which has been around integrated protection, safeguarding and mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian and development contexts. She represents IRC in the child safeguarding taskforce of global education cluster.
- Harriet Kolli
Harriet Kolli is a social worker by profession with 15 years of work experience on gender-based violence in both the development and humanitarian contexts mostly in Eastern and Horn of Africa regions. She is currently working as Safeguarding Consultant at the Girls’ Education Challenge.
- Joy Khangáti
Joy Khangáti works as Initiative Manager for the Adolescent Girls Education in Somalia (AGES) project. She has over 30 years’ experience in the humanitarian context and education programming across Botswana, South Sudan, Djibouti, Tanzania, Somalia and Kenya.
- Danielle Cornish-Spencer
Danielle Cornish-Spencer is a safeguarding, gender-based violence, and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) expert with over 15 years of international experience. Danielle is the Safeguarding Portfolio Lead for Social Development Direct, leading the strategic direction of safeguarding within the company. Since 2019, Danielle has been the Safeguarding Lead for the Girls’ Education Challenge.