Jane Connors - Former Chair


Jane Connors - Former Chair

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Jane Connors was the Chair of Keeping Children Safe from 2016 -2018 . She is currently the Victims' Rights Advocate for the United Nations, leading the strategy to put the rights and dignity of victims at the forefront of  efforts to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse.Prior to this she was Director of International Advocacy of Amnesty International's International Advocacy Programme and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economic's Centre for Women, Peace and Security.  Jane is the former Director of the Research and Right to Development Division at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She worked in the United Nations from 1996 first as the Chief of the Women’s Rights Section in the Division for the Advancement of Women in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York and since 2002 in OHCHR.  There she held positions in the Human Rights Treaties Division and the Special Procedures Branch.

Before joining the United Nations, she was a law teacher at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, the Universities of Lancaster and Nottingham, in the United Kingdom, and the University of Canberra and the Australian National University in Australia. 

She has written widely on United Nations human rights mechanisms, in particular human rights treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council’s special procedures, the human rights of children and women, and violence against children and women.