Sallam - Yara

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Ms. Yara Sallam earned two degrees of law (LL.B) – a Licence of Law from Cairo University in Egypt and Maîtrise of Commercial Law from Paris I University Pantheon Sorbonne in France in 2007. She has also been awarded a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in International Human Rights Law at the Law School of Notre Dame University, the United States of America (2010). She worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) focusing on women’s rights; a researcher on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) where she documented court rulings, legislation and government policies relevant to freedom of religion and belief, as well as instances of religious discrimination and other violations of religious freedom in Egypt. She also conducted on-site investigations into incidents of sectarian tension and violence. Ms. Sallam also worked as a professional legal assistant at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in The Gambia, and she is currently the program manager of the Women Human Rights Defenders Program (WHRDP) at Nazra for Feminist Studies in Egypt. Her current work involves managing the first program in Egypt that focuses on women human rights defenders, how to be able to support them and document the violations that face from state and non-state actors, as well as doing analysis work, and local, regional and international advocacy.