Doris Mpoumou is the current Director of Save the Children African Union Liaison and Pan Africa Office. A human rights and social justice advocate, Doris has over 20 years of experience in advocacy, policy analysis, and coalition building on issues as diverse as child marriage, education in emergencies, violence against women and girls, global governance, women’s participation in decision making, peace and security, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
As the Deputy-Manager of the International Rescue Committee’s programme to end violence against women (VAW) in her native Congo-Brazzaville, Doris initiated a reform of the penal Code and advocated for the establishment of comprehensive services for survivors of violence against women and a nation-wide violence prevention programme in the aftermath of the 1997 armed conflict. She also coordinated the VAW Steering Committee that brought together UN agencies such as UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, national civil society and international humanitarian organisations. Before and during the 1997 Congolese armed conflict, Doris also engaged in various civil society conflict prevention and peace-building efforts.
Before joining Save the Children, Doris led the international advocacy portfolio for International Planned Parenthood Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF WHR) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In this role, she helped shape, among others, the gender equality, violence against women and girls and the sexual and reproductive health and rights community’s recommendations and policy outcomes in the post-2015 process as well as various UN functional Commissions.
Doris also served as the first Director of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) where she worked closely with a group of senior diplomats and members of the Group of friends of RtoP. Prior to that, she was the Women’s Rights Programme Officer at Wellspring Advisors where she managed a large portfolio of international and national level grants. Prior to joining Wellspring Advisors, Doris coordinated the global 50/50 Campaign to increase women’s participation in decision making and co-led advocacy efforts at Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO) that led to the creation of UN Women.
Doris has authored several papers and articles that have appeared in studies and reports, including “Women’s participation in Peace Negotiations: Discourses in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, International Institute on Democracy and Electoral Assistance, “Implementation of Quotas: Africa Experiences”; and “Women, Environment and Conflict: the Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo” UNEP, 2004.