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Alessandra Guedes

Gender and development manager (Research)

Alessandra has dedicated 20 years of her professional life to promoting children’s and women’s rights and health, including working intensively to end violence against children and against women. She joined Innocenti in 2019 to lead the development and implementation of a research programme to address key issues and constraints to achieving gender equity within child protection, with a particular focus on addressing the interlinkages between violence against children and violence against women. Prior to joining UNICEF, Alessandra served as the World Health Organization’s Regional Advisor for the Americas on family violence prevention (2009-2019) and as the co-chair of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s Coordinating Group, a role she continues to occupy. Alessandra holds a Master of Science in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from the George Washington University.
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Violence against children in Latin America and the Caribbean: What do available data reveal about prevalence and perpetrators? (2019)

Karen Devries, Katherine G. Merrill, Louise Knight, Sarah Bott, Alessandra Guedes, Betzabe Butron-Riveros
Rev Panam Salud Public, 2019, vol. 43, pp. 1-10.


Five ways governments are responding to violence against women and children during COVID-19 (11 Apr 2020)

While the world may have been caught off guard by the size and ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis, it should be prepared to respond to the ...

The time is now! Preventing violence against women and children requires quality evidence. (13 Jan 2020)

Reflections from the world’s premier conference on ending violence against women and violence against children from the Sexual Violenc ...


Violence against children

More than half the world’s children report having experienced some form of violence in a previous year. Combined with what we know about the negativ ...