Chiseche Salome Mibenge is an expert in gender and human rights. For two decades she has worked in the field of human rights education and served as a researcher and consultant in post conflict societies, addressing the issue of conflict related sexual violence and access to justice for survivors. In her current role, Chiseche is the Director for Gender Initiatives at Episcopal Relief & Development, the humanitarian response of the Episcopal Church. She provides the organization with leadership on human rights and gender strategy and supports global partners addressing early childhood development, violence against women and gender equity, and climate resilience.
Chiseche trained as a Lawyer at the University of Zambia and received her PhD in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University’s School of Law in 2010. She is the author of Sex and International Tribunals: The Erasure of Gender from the War Narrative’ (Penn Press 2013). She is the co-editor with Irene Hadiprayitno (Leiden University) of a human rights book series, Human Rights Interventions, launched with Palgrave MacMillan in 2017. She has been invited as a visiting scholar to leading human rights institutions, including the University of Bradford’s Division of Peacekeeping, American Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the National University of Rwanda’s Center for Conflict Management. Various UN agencies and INGOs, have recruited her as a gender consultant, including The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the DR-Congo, UNIFEM in Sierra Leone and Norwegian People’s Aid in Rwanda.
As an educator in the US, Chiseche has made substantial contributions to human rights curriculum development with Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and as faculty at the University of San Francisco, the CUNY Graduate Center and CUNY Lehman College. Her community service has included volunteering as an advocate and crisis counselor for survivors in emergency departments under the North Central Bronx Hospital Sexual Assault Treatment Program, and representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the UN Commission on the Status of Women.