Doris Mpoumou

International Advocacy Officer

Doris is a feminist activist with over 15 years of experience in advocacy, policy analysis, and coalition building in areas as diverse as sexual and reproductive health and rights, violence against women (VAW), global governance, women’s participation in decision making, and peace and security. She leads IPPF/WHR's international advocacy efforts with regional organizations such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and international ones like the UN. Her work focuses on holding governments to the commitments made at the International Commission on Population and Development and Fourth World Conference on Women, and meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Prior to joining IPPF/WHR, Doris led the International Rescue Committee’s program to end VAW in Congo-Brazzaville. She initiated a reform of the penal code and advocated for the establishment of comprehensive services, including reproductive health services, for survivors of violence against women. She also organized a nationwide violence prevention campaign in the aftermath of the 1997 armed conflict and coordinated the VAW steering Committee that brought together UN agencies, national civil society, and international humanitarian organizations.

Doris recently served as the Director of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, where she worked closely with a group of senior diplomats on the prevention on mass human rights violations such genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Prior to that, she was the women’s rights program officer at Wellspring Advisors, where she managed a large portfolio of international and national grants, and coordinated the advocacy efforts of Women’s Environment and Development Organization at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and the Gender Equality Architecture Reform campaign.

Doris holds a Master of African Literature from the University Marien Ngouabi, Brazzaville, Congo.

Q&A

Where were you born?
Brazzaville, Congo

What languages do you speak?
English, French, Spanish, Lari, Lingala, Kituba

What's the most amazing thing you've seen while traveling?
Women come in different colors, shapes, and forms, but their experiences of discrimination are strikingly similar worldwide. They may speak different languages and some have some experiences that are worse than others, but the thirst for gender justice is strong.

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