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Gender; child and family policy; international development; human rights

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A native of Colombia, Greta Friedemann-Sánchez is a professor of international development in the global policy area. She is an economic and medical anthropologist interested in women's empowerment and gender equity.

Her research aims to understand how and why gender equity or inequity is generated inside of homes through the interlacing of family bargaining dynamics, policy, and cultural norms. Dr. Friedemann-Sánchez's research unravels the complex web of intrahousehold relationships through four strands of scholarship: paid labor, property ownership, domestic violence, and unpaid caregiving labor.

Professor Friedemann-Sánchez is currently engaged primarily in two research initiatives as principal investigator:

  1. The COLPAZ project evaluates the implementation of Colombia's 2008 intimate partner violence law, Law 1257. Despite model legislation fulfilling Colombia's UN and OAS human rights treaty obligations to prevent, sanction, and end violence against women, the law’s objectives remain unmet.

    The evaluation is done from the perspective of frontline judicial service providers charged with protecting the fundamental human right of women to live free from violence. It seeks to understand the practical, legal, institutional, and cultural barriers and facilitators to the law's implementation. The project uses a rapid assessment process methodology.
  2. IDREAM is an exploratory mixed-methods design study that seeks to understand challenges parents face while caregiving for their children who have type 1 diabetes (T1D), and how service provisioning may be enhanced to improve the financial and health outcomes of caregivers.

    The case study takes place in Nagpur, India. Based on 33 in-depth interviews and a survey of 179 caregivers, IDREAM explores and characterizes the context of care; barriers and facilitators to care; the range of financial, social and instrumental resources available to families to care; and the health and financial outcomes of providing care for children with this chronic condition.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Anthropology, University of Minnesota

… → 2002

MA, Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

… → 1999

BA, Anthropology, Universidad de Los Andes Colombia

… → 1990

Research Interest Keywords

  • gender, child and family policy
  • international development
  • Human Rights


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