Ms Hamdi Addow has been working in UNESCO’s Section for Global Citizenship and Peace Education since 2019 where she is responsible for the portfolios of human rights education, peace education and the prevention of violent extremism. Previously Ms. Addow worked in UNESCO’s Section of Partnerships, Cooperation and Research and focused on research related to the right to education vis-à-vis the privatization and commercialisation of education.
She is a human rights law specialist with over 10 years of professional experience: spanning government, NGOs, trade unions, and intergovernmental organisations. Ms. Addow commenced her career in Geneva, Switzerland at the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, with a primary focus on human rights law, advocacy and legal research, as well as contributing to the work of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Building on her experience in Geneva, she supported the efforts of the National Education Union (NEU) in London, UK as a ‘Policy Officer Women and Girls’ Rights and Race Equality’ where she supported union members with employment issues, as well as contributed to research on equality matters. During her time at the NEU, Ms. Addow also had the opportunity to contribute to the Union’s international agenda working as a ‘Policy Officer International Relations’ on numerous capacity building projects and coordinated the Teachers’ Forum at the Commonwealth Education Minister Conference.
Ms. Addow holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of London and a Bachelor’s in International Politics & Law from Brunel University, UK.