SGBV, faith and forced migration nexus from an intersectional perspective
Supervisors: Jenny Phillimore and Lisa Goodson
Sandra’s research focuses on the relationship between SGBV and faith/religion from an intersectional perspective and how faith-based interventions can be a resource in addressing SGBV in the refugee context.
MSc Degree University College London, Development Planning Unit (2010- 2012)
Social Development Practice, Merit; Specialisation: Gender in Policy and Planning, Merit
BA Degree University of Warsaw, The Centre for Europe (2006-2009)
Interdisciplinary European Studies, 1st class honour
Institute of Islamic Counselling, London, UK (2012)
NVQ level 2 in Counselling Skills,Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- Gender and development
- SGBV in forced migration and humanitarian settings
- Intersectionality (focused on intersection of gender and religion)
- Religion and development
- Gender justice in faith-based development organisations (following MSc thesis)
Sandra Iman Pertek is a social development and gender specialist with more than 10-year experience in international development and education sector in several countries. She is currently a doctoral researcher at University of Birmingham within SEREDA project. Before she served four years as Senior Policy Adviser on Gender at Islamic Relief Worldwide (preceded by two years in the CEO executive team), one of the world’s largest Muslim humanitarian agencies, where she developed the first ever Gender Justice Policy in this setting and transformed the organisational approach to gender through policy implementation.
She led gender mainstreaming strategy into global operations; humanitarian and development programmes and advocacy initiatives. She coordinated pilot GBV projects in several regions funded by institutional donors (e.g. DFID, Sida), provided technical support to offices in Asia, Africa and Middle East, and also coordinated the development of policy on early and forced marriage. She delivered several regional gender and GBV trainings to colleagues across regions. She coordinated partnerships with UN Women, UNFPA and the OIC.
She managed several small-scale research projects in Ethiopia and Jordan. In the international and inter-governmental platforms, she advocates for faith sensitive approach to gender justice. She is a member of several networks for gender, religion and development. She holds an MSc in Social Development Practice from University College London and a BA in European Studies from University of Warsaw.
NEXUS - International Consultants Network on Religion and Development
European Forum of Muslim Women (Board Member)
Joint Learning Initiatives on Faith and Local Communities
Phillimore, J., Alidou, L., Pertek S.I., (2018) “Sexual and gender-based violence and refugees: the impacts of and on integration”. Working Paper. SEREDA project. IASFM annual conference 2018
- Pertek, S.I, Sharifa, A. (2018) Don’t Force Me, A policy brief on early and forced marriage, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham. Available at: http://www.islamic-relief.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FORCED-MARRIAGE-CSW62.pdf
- Surti A., Pertek S.I. (2018) Lessons learnt from Somali Regional State of Ethiopia: Combating Gender-based Violence against Women and Girls in Dekasuftu Woreda. Faith inspired action to end GBV. Islamic Relief Worldwide. Available at: http://www.islamic-relief.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/GBV-ETHIOPIA-CSW62.pdf
- Almugahed, N., Pertek, S. I., Fida, N. (2017) An integrated approach to gender-based violence and child protection: Key findings from Mali, Niger and Pakistan, Islamic Relief, Birmingham. Available at: http://www.islamic-relief.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/An-Integrated-Approach-to-GBV-and-CP_WEB.pdf
- Pertek, S.I. (2016) Gender Study: Conditional Cash Project for Vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian Children in Irbid, Jordan. Islamic Relief Worldwide. Birmingham. Available at http://www.islamic-relief.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Irbid-Case-Study.pdf
- Pertek, S.I. (2015) Gender Justice Policy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham. Available at: http://www.islamic-relief.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Gender-policy.pdf
- Pertek, I.S. (2012) “Gender Justice in Programme Delivery of Muslim Faith-Based Development Organisations, towards gender-sensitive faith-based framework”, MSc dissertation, University College London, Development Planning Unit