Since gaining a masters degree in gender and development in the early 2000s, she has built up considerable expertise on gender issues in the former Soviet space, particularly Central Asia and the Caucasus. Her PhD research (SOAS, 2014) examined gender, activism, and civil society in the context of international development intervention in Kyrgyzstan, and she maintains an ongoing interest in these issues in Kyrgyzstan and the wider Central Asia and Caucasus region. Other areas of research interest in relation to this region include sexual and reproductive rights, gender-based violence, the influence of Russia-influenced ‘traditional values’ rhetoric on local activism and civil society, and activism for LGBT rights. In her consultancy work, she is now a leading regional expert on the issue of child marriage, having worked extensively on the issue for regional development agencies.
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