Catherine WIHTOL de WENDEN DIDIER
Merlie "Milet" B. Mendoza
After my degree in International Law and Languages, I decided to specialize in project management and development issues. This led me to work in Morocco with grassroot women’s associations on the promotion of women’s rights and especially increasing rural women’s access to information on their rights such as rights within the family, right to health access to health services. Later on, I pursued on this advocacy effort by joining an international NGO called Femmes Africa Solidarité, in Geneva whose goal is to mitigate the impact of armed conflicts on civilian women and girls and promote their active participation to conflict prevention and conflict resolution, in line with UN resolution 1325.
For the past four years, I have been working with the Gender Issues Coordination of the International Organization at its headquarters in Geneva. Our work consists of providing expertise on the inclusion of gender concerns in migration management and being a catalyst of the organization’s efforts to ensure that migration is a safe and enriching experience for men and women alike. In this capacity, I have especially worked on promoting women’s empowerment through safe migration including issues of access to health services for migrant and displaced women, preventing and tackling sexual and gender-based violence and address traditional practices having detrimental effects on women's and girls' health such as Female Genital Mutilation. I am currently undertaking a research on the psycho social impact of professional deskilling on qualified migrant women in Geneva.