Liesl Gerntholtz

Executive Director, Women's Rights Division & Interim Director, Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

Liesl Gerntholtz

Liesl Gerntholtz

Executive Director, Women's Rights Division & Interim Director, Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

Biography

Liesl Gerntholtz is the Acting Deputy Executive Director for Program at Human Rights Watch. She is an expert on women's rights in Africa and has worked and written extensively on violence against women and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. Her work at Human Rights Watch has included documenting access to safe and legal abortion in Ireland and sexual and gender-based violence in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Liesl worked for some of the key constitutional institutions promoting human rights and democracy in a post-apartheid South Africa, including the South African Human Rights Commission and the Commission on Gender Equality. A lawyer by training, she was involved in high-profile, strategic human rights litigation to promote women and children's rights, including a case that changed the definition of rape in South Africa.

NPR Interview - Women's Rights In The Age Of The Arab Spring

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Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Director, Netherlands at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Founder at The Nduna Foundation

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Vice Chairman at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Director, Europe & Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Chief Programs Officer at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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General Counsel at Global Network for Public Interest Law

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Liesl Gerntholtz
Executive Director, Women's Rights Division & Interim Director, Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.
Education
Graduate
Class of 1991

Oliver Schreiner School of Law is located in Johannesburg, South Africa, the School of Law is a premier institution for postgraduate legal studies on the African continent. Students can expect to be stimulated and challenged by a rigorous academic programme, delivered by some of South Africa's most prominent legal academics.

Career History
Executive Director, Women's Rights Division & Interim Director, Africa Division
2008 - Current

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Head, Legal Department
Prior
Senior Legal Officer
Prior
Awards & Honors
1992
Admitted to Johannesburg Bar
Events
Speaker
2010 Women's Forum for the Economy and Society Global Meeting

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