Lydia Ruprecht

Lydia Ruprecht is a gender and development policy specialist who first joined UNESCO in 1994 to help prepare UNESCO’s contribution to the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, China). Before moving to the Education Research and Foresight team in July 2011, she served in UNESCO’s Division for Gender Equality within the Cabinet of the Director-General and undertook several assignments supporting ‘organizational change’.

Ms. Ruprecht has extensive experience in:

  • Gender-responsive policy analysis, strategic programme planning and monitoring.
  • Gender mainstreaming within governmental and inter-governmental institutions, programmes and policies.
  • Training and Advising national and international officials - development and educational planners, policy makers and social development workers - on how to close the gender gap and support women's and girls' empowerment in UNESCO's fields of work, notably in Education, Culture and HIV &AIDS.


Ms. Ruprecht holds a B.Sc. from the University of Montreal, as well as a Masters in Political Science and International Relations and a (DEA) in Political Sociology from the University Paris I - Sorbonne, France. She has undertaken PhD studies in Political Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Ms. Ruprecht is a certified ‘Participatory Gender Audit’ Facilitator.

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