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"Speaking to Rebels" with Jocelyn Kelly

Salon Series: The Uncondemned

Please join us for our April salon, "Speaking to Rebels: Understanding the Motives of Militia Groups in Central Africa" featuring Jocelyn Kelly, the Director of the Women in War Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Date: Monday, April 6th 2015

Time: 6:30-8pm

Location: Paname Restaurant (1068 2nd Ave) 

Hearing about sexual violence in conflict can often leave people asking how and why these kinds of atrocities occur. In an attempt to investigate this question, this talk will explore the internal dynamics of some of the armed groups currently operating in central Africa.

Jocelyn Kelly will discuss her experiences doing work with the Lord's Resistance Army, the Mai Mai and other rebel groups during her public health work in Africa.

Space is limited. To RSVP please email clarissa.sosin[at]

Jocelyn Kelly, MS is the Director of the Women in War Program for Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) where she designs and implements research projects based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to examine the experiences and attitudes of community groups regarding sexual violence. She has been conducting health-related research using both qualitative and quantitative research methods for over seven years both in national and international settings, including Mexico and Africa. After graduating with full and departmental honors from Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Kelly worked as a journalist in Mexico where she also helped conduct public health interventions in remote, indigenous areas. Prior to joining HHI, Ms. Kelly worked as an Emergency Management Specialist in Hurricane Katrina-affected areas and acted as a liaison to the FEMA Public Assistance Chief in Louisiana. Ms. Kelly's international work has focused on understanding the health needs of vulnerable populations in Eastern and Central Africa and has included working with Uganda Human Rights commission to launch the first office in Africa promoting the Right to Health.

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