Dr Lorena Sosa, fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Global Fellowship for her research on gender-based violence.
This three-year fellowship, funded by the European Commission, will allow her to conduct research at the Instituto Interdisciplinario de Estudios de Género (IIEGE) of the University of Buenos Aires in the first two years and then return to Utrecht University in the third year. There, she will be based at SIM as well as be part of the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF).
Protection of transgender and intersex people
Lorena Sosa’s project aims to address violence against individuals who challenge traditional gender norms and expectations. Her research takes a comprehensive approach to gender based violence and sexual orientation and gender issues, exploring the formal and practical potential of the gender-based violence framework to protect transgender and intersex people from violence.
The field was more competitive than ever this year, with more than 9,000 applications submitted to the European Commission of which less than 15% was selected to receive funding. Lorena Sosa’s project was awarded a perfect score of 100 out of 100 by the grant committee. It was selected by the Commission as one of only seven projects showcased as good examples on its website.
Lorena Sosa is a fellow at SIM and previously worked as a postdoc there in the EU-funded FRAME project on internal and external dimensions of EU human rights policies. In 2015 she received her PhD cum laude with a dissertation entitled ‘Intersectionality in the Human Rights Legal Framework on Violence against Women: At the Centre or the Margins?’ Which was published with Cambridge University Press in 2017.