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Samah Said Helmy

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Known For: Team Leader of Violence against Women Project for the National Council for Women in Cairo
Country: Egypt

About

Samah Said Helmy is a professional gender and social development expert with more than 20 years of expertise in civil society development programming, including planning, managing, and evaluating social development projects. Her areas of interest are violence against women, gender equality, and women and youth empowerment. Her postgraduate studies include social studies with a special focus on gender issues. Ms. Helmy’s span of expertise covers a wide array of development sectors: gender, civil society, projects and NGO management, grants programs, community development, organizational development, training, and curriculum development. In addition, she has worked in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt, where she assessed the impact of gender activities, conducted the required work for gender analysis, and delivered gender training. Her field work has broadened her horizons and enriched her facilitation, communication, and advocacy skills.

Currently, Ms. Helmy is the GBV Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Iraq program. Among other things, she provides leadership, strategic direction, oversight, and priority setting with regard to the Violence against Women Portfolio.

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