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Education Activist and Development Worker
Lauryn Oates is a human rights activist and development worker focused on education in conflict zones. She manages literacy, library, teacher training and school projects in Afghanistan, and has worked with agencies as diverse as UNICEF, the Nike Foundation, Global Rights, Womankind Worldwide, and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, among others. She holds a PhD in literacy education from the University of British Columbia, where she did research on local language teaching in Northern Uganda. She writes frequently in the Canadian media on gender, culture and human rights, and is a frequent public speaker.