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Mariangela Bizzarri

Senior Gender Advisor, World Food Program (WFP) 

Mariangela Bizzarri is a professional with twenty years of experience, and a solid expertise on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, gender-based violence (GBV), and protection. She is also an accomplished trainer with considerable experience in the design and delivery of training and capacity building activities on gender, GBV, and protection targeted to various audiences.  

Bizzarri has been working as a gender specialist with various UN agencies, international organizations, NGOs, and academic institutions. Among them, her long-standing experience with WFP with deserves a special mention. Over the years, her work covered the whole range of responsibilities from strategic advisory services, research and analysis, technical and operational support, and capacity development and learning. Bizzarri has been supporting organizations in the development of tools and guidance, shaping policies, and defining cutting-edge interventions for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, protection, care and support of women and children in crisis situations, including through the provision of direct services and assistance, systems building and advocacy. The combination of practical field-based experience and a specialized academic background on gender allowed her to successfully apply innovative tools and concepts to operations on the ground. Moreover, having worked on gender equality both operationally and theoretically from the outset, she is very familiar with gender mainstreaming tools, guidance and mechanisms as well as their functioning in various operational environments and across organizations. 

Within the intensive course, she will be delivering a session on the protection of vulnerable groups in disaster settings.


Selected Publications

M Bizzarri, Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation (IAHE) on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls (GEEWG), OCHA on behalf of the IASC, 2020

M Bizzarri, Gender Responsive United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework Engagement. Manual for Facilitators, UN Women, 2020

M Bizzarri, Putting People First. UNHCR Age, Gender and Diversity Accountability Report 2018-2019, UNHCR, 2020

M Bizzarri, Gender Equality Toolkit, UNHCR, 2020

M Bizzarri, Gender-sensitive Social Protection for Zero Hunger’, Panama: WFP, 2017

M Bizzarri, Protection of Vulnerable Groups in Natural and Man-Made Disasters, in A. de Guttry, M. Gestri and G. Venturini (eds), International Disaster Response Law, Springer (2012)