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Paula Donovan


Paula Donovan began working in international development at the US Fund for UNICEF, where she was Director of Communications in the late 1980s. She subsequently joined UNICEF's international headquarters as manager of global advocacy for a joint UNICEF/World Health Organization campaign to end the illegal promotion of infant formula and protect women’s rights to breastfeed.

In 1996, Paula was appointed Executive Aide to the Deputy Executive Director responsible for UNICEF’s worldwide programs and external relations. Next posted to Nairobi, she first served as UNICEF Regional Advisor on HIV/AIDS for East and Southern Africa  and then as UNIFEM's Africa-wide Gender and AIDS Advisor.
In 2003, she independently organized Africa’s first all-women long-distance road race, the "International Women's AIDS Run", which raised awareness of women’s HIV care-giving roles and became an annual event. As Senior Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa through 2006, she initiated calls for a UN agency devoted to women, which was established as UN Women in 2011. Paula sits on the board of the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s international “Stop Rape in Conflict Campaign” and on UNICEF and WHO expert working groups on HIV and reproductive rights and health. She holds a Masters degree in Corporate and Political Communication.

Contact Paula: pd@aidsfreeworld.org