Graduate Student, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
Sydney Amoakoh is a Human Rights Studies MA candidate at Columbia University whose research takes a look at the considerations and constraints behind the drafting of human rights into humanitarian guidelines, with specific focus on the recent inclusion of a section on menstrual health management (MHM) in the 2018 edition of the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. In her role as a menstrual health advocacy fellow, Sydney contributes to the joint efforts of Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council in elevating and expanding the inclusion of menstrual health in high-level UN forums. Sydney’s concentration on the right to health of displaced persons, particularly women and children, are informed by her past work focusing on the rights of children and survivors of GBV. She has held internships at London-based organizations, AfriKids and World Child Cancer, and a volunteer position at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Sydney received her BA in International Affairs with a minor in Business Management from Northeastern University.