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Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed

Gender and development manager (Research)

Zahrah has extensive experience in women's rights and gender equality across organisations and within large-scale development projects. Her expertise has been developed through a range of research pieces, teaching, training, consultancy assignments, management and technical advisory roles. A human geographer with qualitative and participatory research skills, her experience cuts across a diverse scope of thematic areas: women’s economic empowerment, the care economy (paid and unpaid), urban development and infrastructure, social protection, food security and nutrition, as well as sexual and gender-based violence, engaging with men and boys and youth empowerment. She joined Innocenti in 2019 to work on the gender-responsive age-sensitive social protection (GRASSP) research programme. Prior to this, she was a Senior Technical Advisor on Women's Rights at ActionAid UK and an Africa Fellow in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice at the World Bank Group. She previously worked at Social Development Direct as a Technical Specialist on Women's Economic Empowerment and earlier as a Research Fellow in the Cities Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Zahrah holds a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies and an MSc in Urbanisation and Development - both from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Human and Physical Geography from the University of Reading.


Caring in the time of COVID-19: Gender, unpaid care work and social protection
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Caring in the time of COVID-19: Gender, unpaid care work and social protection

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has highlighted the critical role of care work, particularly in times of crisis. While this could offer an opportunity for gender roles to shift within the home, emerging evidence suggests that care roles continue to be assumed disproportionately by women during this pandemic.