Sociology PhD student Natalia Duarte presented at United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Natalia Duarte, a second-year Sociology PhD student, was one of 11 Pitt graduate students who presented their collaborative research, “Gender Equality in Public Administration in Conflict-Affected Settings: Opportunities & Challenges,” at the United Nations on Friday, March 15th. The presentation was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a side-event of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). UNDP and the Dietrich School supported Natalia’s trip to New York. Natalia is part of a multi-disciplinary group of graduate students called the Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA) Working Group, which is co-led by Professor of Sociology Melanie Hughes and Assistant Professor of International Development Müge Finkel. The Working Group is organized through and supported by the Ford Center for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh, and their research is part of the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL @ Pitt). This was the fourth consecutive year that the GEPA Working Group has traveled to the United Nations Headquarters in NY for a presentation, but the first time the Working Group presented at CSW.