Meghan O’Connor is a senior program officer with the Open Society International Women’s Program. She has been working on the issue of women’s rights and gender equality for the past 15 years.
In the international arena, she has worked with the International Rescue Committee and UN agencies in East Africa, the Middle East, and the Thailand–Burma border, developing, implementing, and advising programs that address violence against women.
In the United States, she pioneered a sexual violence primary prevention program that received special recognition from the Centers for Disease Control as a promising and innovative approach to prevention. She has several years of experience as a clinician and an advocate working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and has co-authored numerous publications on the intersection of gender, health, and violence.
O’Connor has a master’s in public health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a master’s of science from Columbia University School of Social Work.