Mrs. Akila Belembaogo
Mrs. Akila Belembaogo is the Head of the UNICEF Liaison Office and Representative to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Previously, she assumed technical and managerial functions in UNICEF as Regional Advisor on Child Rights and Protection in the West and Central Africa Regional Office, Representative in Chad, Head of Human Rights and Gender Unit in the Policy and Planning Division at the Hq and Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
She has 28 years of experience and expertise in law, as well as in working on social development and human rights issues.
She has assumed high level governmental functions as a Member of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court and Minister of Social Action and Family in Burkina Faso and is a former member and Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Mrs. Belembaogo has been a member and founder of national NGOs and associations active in children and women's issues in Burkina Faso, as well as a member of various national commissions, presidential and ministerial missions in Burkina Faso.
has contributed to a number of publications as author and co-author with UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, OHCHR and Save the Children Alliance
, among others.