Dr. Purna Sen is UN Women’s Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. In her current role, she focuses on placing women’s experiences at the heart of work on sexual harassment and brings survivor-focused approaches to the fore, in order to coordinate UN Women’s efforts towards decisive action on this pressing issue, which at its core, tackles the gendered nature of power and the need to ensure justice and dignity for women at work.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Purna Sen was the Director of Policy at UN Women where she was responsible for direction, leadership and management of the Policy Division as well as the UN Women Training Centre. She has over 30 years’ experience in capacity building, service delivery and evaluation review, teaching, advocacy and research publishing.
Her work has included research, publications and activism on violence against women, culture and human rights, trafficking, sexuality and sexual control, human rights developments, civil society organizing against violence, and social development issues and race equality in the UK. She has a PhD from Bristol University on the subject of violence against women.