Mrs Sylvia Nutsukpui is a lawyer by profession with over 17years. She has an in-depth experience in legal, policy, human rights, gender and development issues. As the Director of the Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department (PPMED) at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), she provides strategic advice and support to the Centre, leads the planning, development and review of strategic events and documents. She facilitates stakeholder engagement processes between the KAIPTC and Development Partners, such as Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway, Nigeria, Sweden, Switzerland among others, regional institutions such as ECOWAS and the African Union (AU) as well as Government Institutions and Civil Society Organisations.
She previously and single handedly set up and headed the Legal Unit of the KAIPTC where she engaged with different governments and institutional partners in Africa, Europe and Americas in negotiation development and review of legal opinions, Memoranda of Understandings as well as bilateral technical and financial agreements for and on behalf of the Centre.
Before KAIPTC, she managed the Africa Office of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), a Geneva based NGO with offices all around the world. Here, she juggled her responsibilities as one of the Women Housing Rights Programme Coordinator where she worked extensively working with partners and institutions in Ghana. She also managed the Women’s Land Link Africa Project, which was aimed at promoting security of tenure for women in all 54 African countries on land, housing and property rights and linking them together to share experiences.
As a human rights and gender equality advocate, she founded the Initiative for gender Equality and Development in Africa (IGED-Africa), an NGO that focuses on promoting gender equality in Africa. In addition, she also engaged extensively on economic, social and cultural rights issues generally and particularly, on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment with international and regional institutions and human rights mechanisms including the World Bank Inspection Panel, United Nations Human Rights Council; the Commission on the Status of Women, the Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women(CEDAW) as well as other Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Bodies including the Universal Periodic Review and the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.
Sylvia enjoys watching family movies, spending time with her family and traveling.