Fernanda Papa is a Brazilian public policy specialist, who advocates for women and youth human rights. She gets to HKS from UN Women´s coordination of the Women Human Rights Defenders initiative and from leading the agenda to promote Parity Democracy and tackle political violence against women in Brazil. Previously, Fernanda was the head of programs and advocacy of Oxfam Brasil, coordinated the creation of the first initiative to prevent lethal violence against the Black youth in the Federal Government, having worked in tackling women trafficking as well. Her long time commitment to public policies, social movements, and human rights comes from years working with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, after an early start as a reporter of Folha de S.Paulo.
Fernanda holds a journalism degree from the Catholic University of São Paulo, a latu sensus degree in international journalism from the same university, and a Masters in Public Administration and Government from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She is a 2021 Candidate of the MC/MPA program, as a Charlie Clements Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights and a Ford Foundation Mason Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.