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Human Rights at the forefront |Sara Soltani |Human rights and gender advisor

This week we’re headed to Austria to meet Sara, a great professional in human rights and gender. Sara has an extensive experience in the field as explained in her bio.

Sara has been working as a human rights and gender advisor in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian interventions for several years. She has experienced both, the donor (Austrian Development Agency) as well as the civil society level. Her work has consisted of consulting project partners during the project design phase and designing and supporting baselines as well as gender and diversity analyses. She has conducted several gender trainings for civil society organisations concentrating on gender mainstreaming, gender responsive budgeting, gender-related indicators and gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation.
Sara has an academic background in social and cultural anthropology, political sciences and human rights. She has been trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods spanning from social sciences and philosophy to international human rights legal frameworks. Focus groups, semi-structured interviews, narrative interviews, participatory observations as well as quantitative surveys have been part of her training. She has been implementing these tasks in German, English and Farsi. 

Here’s what she told us:

Why did you join Work for Impact?

The idea of being part of a global platform that works together in order to have positive impact on the world motivated me to join Work for Impact. Furthermore, it gives me the opportunity to provide my skills to organisations and to have an insight into meaningful projects.

What motivates you?

I want to be honest here. Within this working area, it is challenging to be motivated all the time. It can happen that some challenging and hopeless situations leave you discouraged and demotivated. However, meeting strong and empowered people that seriously work hard to make human rights a reality for everyone, brings me always back on track. Intercultural, international and interdisciplinary exchange motivates me the most. 

How would you contribute to make the world a better place?

First of all by interacting with my surrounding (humans, nature and animals) in a respectful way and appreciating what the world offers me. 

Favourite organisation?

My favourite kind of organisations are the ones that tackle to root-causes of problematic issues by talking and working directly with the affected women, men, girls and boys on the ground. The ones that want to come up with human rights-based, inclusive and gender-equal long-term solutions.

Do you want to connect?

If you want to know more and get support on Human Rights and Gender issues, connect with Sara at Work for Impact. If you want to share your story as a freelancer, you can reach us at

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