Saadya Hamdani, currently Gender Equality Adviser at Plan International, Canada- has worked for the protection and promotion of human rights, particularly the rights of women, children and workers since 1997 in several countries in South East Asia, South Asia, and south and west Africa through her various assignments with bilateral donor agencies, the United Nations and international NGOs. The major thrust of her work has been upstream legislative, policy and institutional strengthening for which she has contributed to mainstreaming gender in several public and private sector policy papers, briefs and capacity building initiatives relating to international human rights, gender equality and labour standards and has supported the introduction of institutional and policy gender equality measures including mechanisms for preventing and addressing sexual and workplace harassment as well as equal opportunity measures. Her experience includes carrying out participatory gender audits of public, private and not-for-profit institutions including labour ministries, employers’ organizations and workers organizations. She has carried out gender reviews of country poverty reduction plans and sector policies such as for home based workers, human resources for health, domestic workers, labour and employment. Saadya has also designed and implemented multi-tiered gender-transformative development assistance programs, advocacy and capacity building initiatives in sectors including maternal new-born child health, women’s economic empowerment and child early and forced marriage. Saadya’s academic background includes a PGD in international development and a master in human rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.