Devon O'Reilly

Devon O'Reilly is the Senior Communications Manager at Women Thrive Alliance. She is accomplished in the fields of communications, event planning, and institutional relations, including facets of sales, administration, and journalism. Devon returned to the United States in January 2016, after living in Madrid, Spain for four years where she co-launched a communications consultancy and designed government communication campaigns across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Additionally, Devon has consulted for APROFAM, a women’s health organization in Guatemala, and Women’s World Banking, a global women’s microfinance organization based in New York City. She also has experience researching gender-related issues including capacity building organizations, gender-based violence, and women’s political representation in post-conflict zones. 

Devon holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with concentrations in Women’s Studies and Spanish from Drew University.

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Gender Equality and the U.S. FY2018 Budget: What You Need to Know

It was predicted that the Trump administration would follow suit with previous Republican administrations and reinstate the “Global Gag” rule. Not only was the rule was reinstated within the first week of President Trump’s term, but the rule’s expansion to include all health assistance – a half-a-billion-dollars withholding from U.S. funding around the world – went beyond what most experts predicted.

Expanding the Conversation to End Female Genital Mutilation

Last month, women’s rights advocates and development practitioners rallied together to make noise against and call for the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C shed light on a practice that is devastating to millions of girls and women all around the world.

What President Trump’s #MuslimBan Means for Women’s Rights Advocates

From March 13th to 24th, the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations in New York. This year, what is usually a global celebration of activism and a yearly get-together for the women’s rights community will be stained with frustration and anger.
 
Why? We will be missing our fellow advocates from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
 

Why Supporting Women’s Rights is More Than Just the “Smart Thing to Do”

For several years now, gender experts within the development field have been rallying around an argument that no one can deny: supporting women’s rights is the “smart” thing to do. They have sold the economic argument for empowerment to donors and policy-makers and have managed to bring women’s economic empowerment to the center stage of development talk.

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