FABRICIA DEVISGNES

gender equality, education strategy

Fabricia Devignes is Program Manager of the Gender at the Center Initiative for IIEP-UNESCO Dakar.

Senior Education Specialist and Program Manager of the Gender at the Center Initiative at IIEP-UNESCO, Fabricia provides strategic guidance and technical support to the eight GCI countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Fabricia has 15 years of professional experience in gender mainstreaming in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, at different levels (management, policy formulation, project coordination, development and facilitation of trainings and courses for diverse audiences) and in different thematic areas (girls' education, gender based violence, gender institutionalization, sustainable development, gender-responsive budgeting, women's economic empowerment,).

Prior to joining IIEP, Fabricia was Gender equality Adviser at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs where she coordinated France's international strategy for gender equality and guided teams, departments and embassies to better integrate gender into France's international sectoral priorities (education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence, economic empowerment, leadership).

Prior to that, she acted for about ten years as Director of the NGO Enda Europe and Vice-President of the Southern-based network Enda-Tiers monde, where she led the network's gender equality and education strategy. Within Enda, Fabricia has managed projects on the fight against school dropout and improving access to education for girls in Senegal. In Madagascar, she has managed projects on the integration of street children and adolescents in formal and informal education, the fight against gender-based and intra-family violence, and the improvement of social integration and access to employment for marginalized youth.

Fabricia holds a double master's degree (in international development and English) from the Sorbonne University (France), and a diploma on non-violent conflict and human rights from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (USA).