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Programme Manager, Gender and Security Division

Lorraine Serrano is a Programme Manager for the DCAF Gender and Security Programme in Africa. She is responsible for strategic oversight and management of the programme. She also provides technical assistance on gender and security, develops resources and tools, delivers training, and conducts research as required by the programme.

Lorraine's previous work at DCAF includes support to the Liberia chapter of the Mano River Peace Women's Network (MARWOPNET), and to the Gender Unit of the Sierra Leone Police, and a survey on the integration of gender within the security sector in Mali.

Prior to joining DCAF, Lorraine was a Project Officer and Acting Project Manager at Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada from 2006 to 2013. She contributed to a number of projects focused on strengthening the capacity of police organizations in Africa in managing their deployments to peacekeeping operations. Her work included support to the Peacekeeping Department of the Sierra Leone Police on gender and working with the South African Police Service to strengthen the role of women in peacekeeping. She also managed the final phase of a pre-deployment training program to better prepare African UNPOL deployed as Gender Officers to UNAMID.

Lorraine was also a short-term consultant at the International Bureau for Children's Rights in Montréal and contributed to a mapping study of the child protection system in Chad and needs assessment on training for Chadian security forces on children's rights. In addition, Lorraine was a peer-support worker at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa for survivors of sexual violence, as well as a member of the collective/Board of Directors.

Lorraine holds a Combined (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts in International Development and French Studies from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She also has a post-graduate certificate in International Project Management from Humber College - Business School in Toronto.

Lorraine joined DCAF in 2014 and speaks English and French.