Kanwal is an independent consultant with almost 30 years’ experience of programming on women and girls’ human rights, particularly ending violence against women and girls (VAWG); women’s and girls’ civil and political participation; adolescent girls’ education and participation in governance processes; social norms, particularly in relation to the use of media, safeguarding and organisational gender mainstreaming.
Having previously worked for a range of NGOs in the UK (Womankind Worldwide, Childhope UK, Plan UK, the Overseas Development Institute and Girl Effect), Kanwal has been freelance consultant since 2016 supporting a range of civil society and donor organisations to strengthen their work on women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality with an intersectional lens. This has included feminist programme evaluations and reviews (e.g. Womankind Worldwide, ActionAid UK); development of programme guidance or toolkits (Plan International, BBC Media Action, Saferworld); policy briefings/positioning papers (Plan UK, ActionAid Ghana); scoping studies (Comic Relief, Plan International, ActionAid UK); training on gender equality (UNICEF, INTRAC, British Council, FCDO); participatory gender reviews/audits and the development of gender equality strategies and action plans (International Land Coalition, Proforest, Internews, World Wildlife Fund, Oxfam Myanmar).
Kanwal has experience of living and working in Zambia and Ghana and has country experience of: Albania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and South Sudan. She has been an active member of the UK Gender and Development Network since 2011 (including the roles of trustee, co-chair of the board and advisory group member between 2011 – 2019); Associate Advisor on gender equality for the British Council since 2018 and she co-founded Genderflection consultancy services with Elanor Jackson in 2016. Kanwal has a Masters in the Geography of ‘Third World Development’ from the University of London.